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Preetha Chakrabarti


Preetha Chakrabarti, a partner in Crowell & Moring's New York office, is a member of the firm's Technology & Intellectual Property Department and a co-leader of the firm’s ESG Advisory Group. Preetha's practice cuts across all areas of intellectual property and is holistic, consisting of litigation, counseling, licensing, and transactional due diligence, as well as trademark prosecution, with a focus on technology, brand protection, advertising, and media. Preetha is well-known for helping companies understand their obligations regarding advertising of ESG-related claims, including claims about carbon offsets, greenwashing, blue-washing, waste reduction and recycling, woke washing and social issues. She leverages rich experience in counseling companies across multiple industries – including food and beverage, fashion, media and telecommunications, technology, and consumer products – to help clients understand industry-specific challenges and achieve their business objectives.

Preetha's pro bono practice includes cases involving immigration, family, and employment law, as well as IP counseling for non-profit entities. Preetha also successfully represented Sandra Avery, a woman sentenced to life in prison for a non-violent, low-level drug crime, who sought commutation of her sentence from President Obama, reducing her life sentence to time served. Sandra was one of the 95 non-violent drug offenders to whom President Obama granted clemency in December 2015. Preetha was featured in the documentary film The Vanishing Trial, by FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) and NACDL (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers), released in 2020 in connection with her representation of Sandra. In recognition of her pro bono contributions, Preetha also received the firm’s 2015 George Bailey Award.

From 2019 to 2020, Preetha served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. 

Preetha received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2012, where she graduated magna cum laude, was a Stein Scholar for the Public Interest, and a notes & articles editor for the Environmental Law Review. While in law school, Preetha worked as an extern for the Legal Aid Society in New York and the U.S. Attorney's Office, Criminal Division, Southern District of New York. During her final semester of law school, Preetha participated in LawWithoutWalls, a part-virtual collaboratory that develops problem-solving and project management business skills necessary to provide effective legal services in today's global, multi-disciplinary, and cross-cultural marketplace. Preetha's group placed first in key presentation categories, and overall, the group was one of three finalists. Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Preetha worked as a science teacher and administrator at both private and public schools in the New York City metropolitan area. She received her B.A., cum laude, in biology and classics from Brown University and an M.A. from Columbia University, Teachers College, in secondary science education.

Preetha is active in several professional and non-profit organizations and was selected as a 2015 Pathfinder by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a national organization comprised of the legal profession's top general counsels and managing partners. 


  • Brown University, B.A. biology and classics cum laude
  • Columbia University, M.A. secondary science education
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D. (2012) magna cum laude


Admitted to practice: New York, New Jersey, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, U.S. District Court for New Jersey, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals


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Intellectual Property Litigation

IP Strategy, Prosecution and Portfolio Management

Litigation & Trial

Administrative Law and Regulatory

Advertising and Media

Environmental, Social, and Governance

Technology and Brand Protection

Global IP Law

Trademark Counseling and Litigation

IP Transactions and Diligence

Product Risk Management

Patent Litigation

TLDs and Domain Names

Pharmaceutical and Biologics Litigation

Emerging Companies and Venture Capital

IP Transactions

Design Protection

International Trademark

Technology and Brand Protection

Copyright Counseling and Litigation

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"More Bark or Bite? U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether the First Amendment Has the Teeth to Protect Whiskey Bottle Shaped Dog Toy Maker from Jack Daniel’s Lanham Act Claims," Tech & Brand Law Bulletin (December 1, 2022). Contacts: Preetha Chakrabarti, Joachim B. Steinberg, CIPP/US, Katie Johns
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Promoting ESG Performance: Risks and Rewards," ANA Masters of Advertising Law Conference, Hollywood, FL. (November 9, 2022). Speaker: Preetha Chakrabarti.
"U.S. Supreme Court to Decide the Extraterritorial Application of the Lanham Act," Advertising & State AG Alert (November 8, 2022). Contacts: Preetha Chakrabarti, Roy Abernathy
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Parody in Copyright and Trademark Law," The Copyright Society (November 4, 2022). Speaker: Preetha Chakrabarti.
"Cases Show Real-World Laws Likely Apply In Metaverse," Law360 (November 1, 2022). Authors: Jason Stiehl, Jacob Canter, Preetha Chakrabarti, and Deborah H. Yellin.
"World Trademark Review Live: Brand Protection Online," (October 19, 2022). Speaker: Preetha Chakrabarti.
SCOTUS Flinches At ‘Extremes’ In Warhol ‘Prince’ Case World Intellectual Property Review (October 13, 2022)
Press Coverage
"Fashionable Parody or a Trademark Infringing Wearable Sneaker? The Second Circuit Hears Both Sides," Crowell & Moring’s Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (October 6, 2022). Authors: Preetha Chakrabarti, Suzanne Trivette and Alexa La Barbiera.
"Career Panel," National Association of Women Lawyers Membership Growth Engagement Committee (October 4, 2022). Speaker: Preetha Chakrabarti.
"EPA Microfiber Pollution Report Sets Stage For Regulation," Law360 (September 30, 2022). Authors: Byron R. Brown, and Preetha Chakrabarti.

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