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Lalit Kundani

Mr. Kundani is an attorney with extensive trial experience.  Since joining Panish Shea & Boyle, he focuses his practice on litigating catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, and motor carrier liability.  After favorable results through trial and settlement, he has recovered millions of dollars for his clients in lawsuits alleging negligence and wrongdoing against both individuals and corporations.

A former Deputy District Attorney with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Kundani personally tried countless jury trials to verdict, including murders, gang-related shootings, kidnappings, and robberies, with an impressive felony conviction rate of 97%.  His accomplishments earned him numerous accolades from various law enforcement agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Department of Defense.  His more notable cases included:

  • People v. Mahaffey (2007), the trial of a popular, local P.T.A. president for fraud and identity theft of victims nationwide;
  • People v. Muhammad, et al. (2010), a massive multi-county investigation, led by Mr. Kundani, involving over a dozen state and federal agencies, which culminated in the indictment and convictions of eight gang members, and their associates, for a conspiracy involving over one hundred different robberies;
  • People v. Deng (2011), the highly publicized prosecution of a Chinese national, who captured international headlines after self-appointing himself the “Supreme Commander” of a phony United States Army unit and defrauding recruits with false promises of American citizenship.

Mr. Kundani is a frequent guest speaker on matters of criminal law and continues to train local law enforcement agencies on cases involving multi-agency investigations.

Mr. Kundani graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with departmental highest honors in Political Science and went on to graduate from UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law, where he served as the President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) and Captain of the Texas Young Lawyer’s Association (TYLA) trial team.  He also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Richard A. Paez, with the United States Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit) and worked as a Legislative Intern to the Honorable Governor Gray Davis.  Mr. Kundani began his legal career working as an associate at a large national defense firm specializing in class action defense litigation.

He is an active member of the South Asian Bar Association, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, and Consumer Attorneys of California.  He is also the co-founder of the award-winning UCLA Bhangra Team and “Bruin Bhangra,” an international collegiate dance competition hosted annually by UCLA, where he continues to serve as an advisor.


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