Payal Chhabria is a Pre-Bar Associate with the Corporate and Litigation Team at the Santa Clara office.
Payal earned a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degree at Symbiosis Law School, Pune. As a law student, Payal was an executive member of the student council and organized law school fests, parliamentary debates and moot court competitions. As a member of the Debate Society, Payal participated in and won several Parliamentary Debate Competitions, including the NUJS Novice Parliamentary Debate in Kolkata. Payal was also an active member of the Moot Court Society and was a finalist at the GST Criminal Moot Court Competition organized by NALSAR, Hyderabad.
Upon graduating from Symbiosis, Payal was recruited by Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Mumbai and worked with the litigation and corporate law teams under Mr. Shuva Mandal, the current General Counsel of Tata Sons Private Limited. As an Associate at Shardul Amarchand, Payal substantially worked on M&A transactions, including conducting due-diligence, drafting and negotiation of transaction documents. Payal also worked with the corporate litigation teams on matters dealing with oppression and mismanagement, drafting memoranda and opinions for general advisory queries and prepared and made filings of corporate governance documents with regulatory bodies in India.
After having spent 3 years at Shardul Amarchand, Payal earned her Masters in Law from the UCLA School of Law with a dual specialization in Business Law and Media, Entertainment and Technology Law and Policy. At UCLA, Payal served as the LL.M. President of the Student Bar Association and was an active member of the Business and Entertainment Law Associations.
Payal is a licensed advocate in India and just appeared for the California Bar Examination in Fall 2020.
Licensed Advocate, Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa
BA.LLB. from Symbiosis Law School Pune (2011-2016)
LL.M. from University of California Los Angeles, School of Law with specializations in (i) Business Law; and (ii) Media, Entertainment and Technology Law and Policy (2019-2020)