Snehal Patil is the founder of IndUS Counsel and has practiced for two decades in the United States and India, including several years at top AmLaw 100 firms.
Snehal has acted as outside general counsel to numerous Silicon Valley based venture-backed startups throughout their various stages, including formation, corporate governance, private equity and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, employment, real estate, structuring foreign operations and investments, franchising, joint ventures, exit strategies and dissolutions. He also has in-depth experience negotiating large, complex licensing and outsourcing arrangements, as well as other agreements to acquire, develop, commercialize, protect and distribute intellectual property, both domestically and internationally. Snehal regularly counsels clients on privacy, data security, open source, compliance, immigration and regulatory matters.
Snehal’s India practice covers both in-bound and out-bound transactions, litigation, and representation of foreign companies investing or doing business in India. Snehal also represents Indian residents in their immigration to the United States, including by obtaining U.S. permanent resident status through EB-5 investor visa. He is well versed with legal and commercial issues arising in India transactions. Snehal also has a strong network with legal, business and government leaders and professionals in India that enables him to assist clients navigate the myriad challenges faced in doing business with and in that country.
Snehal began his legal career at the Mumbai, India office of DSK Legal, one of India’s top law firms and a former member of Andersen Legal – a global network of law firms. Prior to practicing law, Snehal served as a high-ranking federal officer in India's prestigious Civil Services. Civil Services officers are directly appointed by the President of India to senior-most positions in the Indian administration and are responsible for policy formulation, regulation and administration of the executive and foreign affairs of India. Snehal was subsequently recommended for appointment to India's Cabinet Secretariat, headed by the Prime Minister of India.
Snehal is uniquely positioned and has significant experience in regulatory advisory, public policy and government liaising in India. He is a frequent speaker and writer on U.S.-India issues.
Snehal was invited to be a member of the Lawyers of Distinction, which is an independent organization recognizing the top 10% of distinguished lawyers in the United States. Snehal has consistently received the topmost rating, as a ‘Superb’ lawyer, on Avvo, a website that independently ranks over 90% of U.S. lawyers. He was featured in the 'Spotlight' section of the newsletter of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA). Snehal also was invited to serve as an apprentice grader for the California State Bar Examinations.
Snehal has held various leadership positions with national bar associations and community organizations for Indian Americans, including the American Bar Association (ABA), Federation of Indio-Americans of Northern California (FIA), South Asian Bar Association of North America (NASABA) and SABA. Snehal is the founding vice-chair and editorial board member of ABA International's India Committee and past co-chair of NASABA Section of International Law. He currently serves as Legal Advisor and Counsel to FIA.
Snehal was a member of the organizing committee of the 'Indian Heritage Night' that celebrated India's Independence Day during the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs baseball game at the AT&T Park, San Francisco in August 2015. Snehal volunteers and acts as counsel to Swar Sudha, an organization promoting Indian classical and semi-classical music in San Francisco Bay Area, California. He regularly takes pro bono matters and has volunteered services to several non-profit organizations and initiatives, such as Bay Area Chess and the India Community Center (ICC) Legal Clinics.
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