Puneet Sandhu is a litigation attorney in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Her practice focuses on general civil litigation, class action defense and employment law. She provides advice to employers in a range of industries, from retail to banking. She has defended wage-and-hour class actions as well as individual employment discrimination cases.
A leading distributor of medical and surgical supplies in winning summary judgment and an anti-SLAPP motion, including attorney’s fees, in Los Angeles Superior Court.
A distributing company in a wage and hour trial in which Ms. Sandhu served as second chair.
A regional manufacturer in winning a motion to dismiss a False Claims Act suit filed in federal court.
Former State Department Legal Advisers in an amicus brief filed in the closely watched U.S. Supreme Court case Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., 133 S.Ct. 1659 (2013), which presented the question of whether the Alien Tort Statute applies to violations of the law of nations that occur within the territory of a foreign sovereign.
Ms. Sandhu maintains an active pro bono practice. She defended a First Amendment challenge to Arizona’s Clean Elections Act in the district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. The case was ultimately heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, Ms. Sandhu has represented an asylum-seeker in Immigration Court in conjunction with Kids In Need of Defense and provides pro bono employment advice to nonprofit organizations.
Ms. Sandhu is co-president of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California Public Interest Foundation, which is dedicated to organizing, supporting and promoting public interest activities for the benefit of the South Asian community in Southern California. She has also taught employment law as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
Before law school, Ms. Sandhu attended the London School of Economics, where she studied international health policy. She conducted her thesis research at the World Health Organization’s European headquarters in Copenhagen. Ms. Sandhu then spent two years as a community organizer in South Los Angeles, where her work focused on maintaining and expanding access to health care.