Reena R. Bajowala is a partner in the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Department and a member of the Information Technology Disputes, Consumer Law, Class Action and Labor and Employment practice groups. She represents corporations in significant disputes involving relationships with their business partners, customers and employees.
Ms. Bajowala is an experienced trial attorney who defends online and brick-and-mortar retailers, manufacturers, technology companies, automotive industry clients and government defense contractors in technology outsourcing, consumer and employment disputes. Ms. Bajowala regularly counsels and defends sellers and buyers of Information Technology (IT) services with respect to their rights under contract, tort and copyright law. Ms. Bajowala also advises clients regarding trade secret, privacy and trademark law. She defends companies in consumer fraud and deceptive practice litigation and investigations. Ms. Bajowala regularly counsels and defends employers and service providers in federal actions involving the FLSA and ERISA. She is adept at dealing with the intricacies of class, collective and plan-wide litigation, including issues arising from the Class Action Fairness Act, Multi-District Litigation and hybrid action procedures.
Ms. Bajowala is regarded as a leader in her field. In 2015, she accepted the POW! Award from Womenetics, which celebrates women who demonstrate “game changing leadership” in business and the Chicago community. In 2014, she received the "Illinois Most Powerful & Influential Woman Award" from the Illinois Diversity Council and was named to the Lawyers of Color magazine's "Hot List.” Ms. Bajowala is a 2013 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).
Ms. Bajowala has also been recognized for her public interest work. She received the 2013 Albert E. Jenner Pro Bono Award for distinguished pro bono service and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law’s 2014 Corporate Partner award. She helped recover almost $800,000 in restitution for a human trafficking survivor, working to achieve the first public settlement of RICO trafficking claims.
Ms. Bajowala is active in several organizations that foster diversity and access to justice, including serving as the Women’s Committee Chair for the South Asian Bar Association and as Co-Chair of the Outreach Committee of the LCLD. She serves on the boards of the Public Interest Law Initiative and the Albany Park Theater Project and on the Advisory Board of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation. In 2005, she founded the Origins Fellowship Program run by the University of Michigan Law School Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, which has awarded almost $100,000 in funds to over 25 law students working to advance the public interest.
She founded the firm’s Mother’s Circle of the Women’s Forum and also serves on the Women’s Forum Steering Committee and Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She previously served as co-chair of the firm’s Asian Forum and on the firm’s Hiring Committee and the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.