Vaishalee V. Yeldandi is an associate in the litigation department. She joined the firm in 2017.
Ms. Yeldandi earned her B.A. in Government from Cornell University in 2006, her M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University in 2008, and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2017. In law school, Ms. Yeldandi served as Symposium Editor and Articles Editor for the University of Chicago Legal Forum
, child advocate in the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, and vice president of the Federal Bar Association student chapter. She also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Rebecca R. Pallmeyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Prior to law school, Ms. Yeldandi was a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. In that role, she advised Senator Durbin on a range of issues, including the DREAM Act, comprehensive immigration reform, sentencing reform, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). She also assisted in staffing Senator Durbin during the confirmation hearing of Associate Justice Elena Kagan.