Mohammad N. Khan is the Chief Operating Officer of Chugh, LLP and an attorney based out of the company’s Los Angeles office. As Chief Operating Officer of Chugh, LLP, Mohammad oversees a number of departments including Information Technologies, Marketing, Accounts Receivable and Human Resources. He also developed and guides the firm’s financial growth strategy at each of the five US offices as well as the Affiliate offices located in India.
His legal practice areas include both litigation and transactional work. On the litigation side, he works predominantly within employment, information technology, and business law. On the transactional side, he works on a wide range of areas including: contracts, master services agreements, stock purchase agreements, stock option plans, HR compliance and general corporate governance.
Prior to joining Chugh, LLP, Mohammad worked in both the Legal and Human Resource Departments of Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd. Mohammad earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, graduating with honors, from the University of California at Berkeley. He completed his Juris Doctor degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he was awarded Dean’s Honors and the Jackson Lewis Labor and Employment Law scholarship. Mohammad also co-authored a paper in the Nevada Law Journal entitled “Undermining or Promoting Democratic Government? An Economic and Empirical Analysis of the Two Views of Public Sector Collective Bargaining.”
Mohammad has served as the Mentoring Chair of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California for two terms, and continues to mentor young professionals both in and out of the legal profession.
District of Columbia
B.A. University of California, Berkeley
J.D. (Juris Doctor), Indiana University Maurer School of Law
South Asian Bar Association (SABA)
Developments in Literacy (DIL)
HONORS & AWARDS
2019 Vistage Impact Award Nominee
2019 Certificate of Appreciation Award – ABAOC
Top 20 Court Award – California 2016 from Top Verdict
Employee v. IT Services Company – COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. / Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County:
• Mohammad Khan and the Chugh, LLP legal team defended a prominent IT services company against a class action lawsuit.
• The Plaintiff filed a putative wage and hour class action alleging that he did not receive meal and rest periods. He also alleged that the Defendant did not provide accurate written wage statements, failed to timely pay all final wages, and engaged in unfair competition and civil penalties. The Plaintiff sought to represent a putative class consisting of all persons who worked in hourly or non-exempt contract positions from a multinational US bank from January 2010.
• Mohammad Khan and the team defeated the class action suit and a subsequent appeal before the US Court of Appeals.
IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, SECOND APPELLATE DISTRICT, DIVISION FOUR: Employee (Plaintiff Appellant) v. Software Company (Defendant Respondent)
a. Los Angeles County Superior Court
• Mohammad Khan represented a prominent software company before the California Court of Appeal.
• The Plaintiff/Appellant was seeking over $700,000 in attorney’s fees. At the superior court level, Mr. Khan convinced the court to reduce the award to roughly $70,000. Thereafter, the Plaintiff filed an appeal before the court of appeal seeking the full amount requested. Mr. Khan fully briefed the matter and appeared for oral argument before the Justices.
• Mohammad Khan prevailed as the court awarded the Plaintiff pay legal fees related to the appeal to Chugh, LLP’s client.
Department of Labor v. IT Services Company – COURT: United States District Court, Central District of California
• Mohammad Khan and his team represented the Defendant: a renowned IT services company and its CEO. In this high-profile case, the DOL brought a lawsuit against the CEO for alleged improper treatment of a former domestic worker. The DOL alleged failure to pay wages and provide breaks, among other claims.
• Mohammad Khan and his legal team resolved the matter with no admission of guilt for a fraction of the initial demand.
PUBLICATIONS AND LECTURES
Undermining or Promoting Democratic Government? An Economic and Empirical Analysis of the Two Views