Rajika Shah

Associate - Los Angeles
6310 San Vicente Blvd, Suite 360
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 302-9488 Ext. 208
rshah*srbr-law.com

Education

  • Oberlin College, B.A. Religion 1995
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D 2004 magna cum laude
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, LL.M. 2006 with Distinction

Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California;
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Publications and Presentations

  • Co-authored forthcoming article in Gaming Law Review and Economics: Regulation, Compliance, and Policy, “Negotiating the Deal:  Early Strategies to Avoid Costly Disputes,” June 2013
  • Reporter on a range of admissibility and merits decisions from UN human rights treaty bodies. The law reports are produced by the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law of Monash University, Melbourne, Australia for publication in Oxford Reports on International Law, www.oxfordlawreports.com

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of International Law
  • International Law Association, American Branch
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Other

  • Teaching International Trade Law, Chapman University School of Law, Spring 2013
  • Co-taught International Litigation, Pepperdine University School of Law, Autumn 2012
  • Adjunct Clinical Faculty Member, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2005

Legal Expertise

Rajika Shah has significant experience in litigating complex and high-stakes disputes involving foreign sovereigns, federal agencies, and commercial entities. Her practice focuses on business, property, and contract disputes involving public and private international law as well as transnational legal issues.

Prior to joining SRBR, Ms. Shah was instrumental in building and developing the Oxford Reports on International Law and Investment Claims subscription websites for the Oxford University Press. Her other experience includes work at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of War Crimes Issues (now the Office of Global Criminal Justice), the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and the Los Angeles Immigration Court. She externed for the Hon. Terry J. Hatter of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Beyond her work for clients, Ms. Shah has taught International Trade Law at Chapman University School of Law (spring 2013), and co-taught the International Litigation course at Pepperdine University School of Law. She also reports on a range of admissibility and merits decisions from UN human rights treaty bodies for publication in Oxford Reports on International Law. Ms. Shah obtained her LL.M. in public international law from the London School of Economics, where she studied with Sir Christopher Greenwood (now a judge of the International Court of Justice), and her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law, where she was a member of the Pepperdine Law Review.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully argued that foreign state banks are not immune from suit in U.S. courts under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act based on allegations of expropriation of property in the context of genocide or mass human rights abuses.
  • Successfully represented large land-based gaming company in complex international commercial arbitration against FTSE250 online gaming company for claims arising out of breach of asset purchase agreement.
  • Successfully argued and defeated overseas parent corporation’s challenge to service of process based on newly decided case law in breach of contract case against major technology company.
  • Successfully represented victims of Libyan terrorist hijacking attack in pursuing claims for compensation before the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Counsel to petitioners for en banc Ninth Circuit argument and subsequent petition for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in case involving foreign affairs field preemption.
  • Lead associate in pending class action case involving Alien Tort Statute and state and federal law claims against leading multinational technology corporation alleging complicity for human rights abuses in China.
  • Prepared petition for submission to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights on behalf of surviving family members and a Honduran NGO for the murder of a renowned labor rights defender.
  • Lead associate on Ninth Circuit appeal of putative class action against German banks for the return of deposits made prior to or during the Armenian Genocide.
  • Assisted with coordinating one of the top two bid proposals for U.S. Agency for International Development rule of law project in Sri Lanka with the goal of improving the management and efficacy capacity of the Sri Lankan legal system.
  • Assist in enforcement action on behalf of indigenous citizens of Ecuador in the long-running mass tort case against Chevron Corp. for environmental damage caused by Chevron’s petroleum activities in the Ecuadorian Amazon.