Subodh Chandra

Top rated Civil Rights attorney in Cleveland, Ohio

The Chandra Law Firm LLC
Subodh Chandra
The Chandra Law Firm LLC

Practice Areas: Civil Rights, White Collar Crimes, Employment Litigation; view more

Licensed in Ohio since: 1998

Education: Yale Law School

Languages Spoken: English, Hindi

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2023

The Chandra Law Firm LLC

1265 West 6th Street
Suite 400
Cleveland, OH 44113 Visit website


As the founder and managing partner of The Chandra Law Firm LLC, Subodh Chandra has gained an impressive reputation as one of Ohio’s most prestigious civil-rights attorneys. He focuses primarily on high-profile civil and appellate litigation, and he includes employment discrimination and retaliation, constitutional law and civil-rights violations, and white-collar defense in his practice. Mr. Chandra also has extensive experience defending whistleblowers’ rights. Mr. Chandra also has extensive experience in representing victims of sexual harassment.

After graduating with honors and distinction from Stanford University, Mr. Chandra received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he served as the executive editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review. Today, Mr. Chandra is admitted to practice law in Ohio, California, and New Mexico (inactive), as well as numerous federal courts throughout the United States.

Before starting his practice, Mr. Chandra built a strong presence as a federal prosecutor, convicting and inviduals and corporations accused of healthcare fraud and corruption, tax and bank fraud, and other serious crimes. As director of law for the City of Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Chandra was responsible for saving the city millions of dollars on outside counsel, as well as for cleaning up internal corruption. His early work litigating in a large Los Angeles law firm had him representing major motion picture studios and media companies, including defending the show "Hard Copy" in a libel lawsuit by Michael Jackson.

Respected in the bar, Mr. Chandra is a former chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Judicial Selection Committee and former co-chair of its diversity committee.

Currently, Mr. Chandra serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ special advisory committee for Ohio.

Practice areas

Civil Rights, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Constitutional Law, Employment & Labor: Employee

Focus areas

Americans with Disabilities Act, Criminal Law - Federal, Disability, Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment, White Collar Crime, Wrongful Termination

  • 30% Civil Rights
  • 20% Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 20% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Constitutional Law
  • 10% Employment & Labor: Employee

First Admitted: 1995, New Mexico

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Cleveland Bar Association Diversity Action Committee, Co-Chair
  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Ohio Special Advisory Committee
  • Member International Network of Boutique Law Firms, Ohio Chapter President
  • Ohio
  • California
  • Former Board of Trustees member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Judicial Selection Committee, Chair
  • Former co-chair, Cleveland Bar Association
Educational Background:
  • Stanford University, A.B. with honors and dual departmental distinction in political science and sociology, 1989
  • J.D., Yale Law School. Executive Editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review., 1994
  • Creating a Voice Award, Project Impact, 2002
  • Recognition for, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller, 2002
  • Advocate of the Year, Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, 2011
  • John Gardner Public Service Fellowship, Stanford University Haas Center for Public Service, 1989
  • Forty under 40 Award, Crain's Cleveland Business, 2003
  • Life Member, Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals Judicial Conference
  • Outstanding Lawyer Award, New Mexico Bar Association, 1995
  • Best Progressive Crusader, Cleveland Scene Magazine, 2009
  • Jury verdict of $2,000,750 in First Amendment-retaliation/employment retaliation case, Lockhart v. Village of Woodmere, et al., N.D. Ohio., 2008

Office location for Subodh Chandra

1265 West 6th Street
Suite 400
Cleveland, OH 44113

Phone: 216-578-1700


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2023

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