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Sonal Hope Mithani

Principal
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Deputy Group Leader
Ann Arbor Deputy Resident Director

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Education

Harvard Law School, J.D., 1994

University of Michigan, B.B.A.

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Courts

  • District of Columbia
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Western District of Michigan

With more than 20 years of experience, Soni Mithani focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation matters with an emphasis on commercial torts and business disputes, non-compete and trade secret litigation, consumer credit litigation, construction litigation, real-estate litigation, municipal litigation and securities litigation. She has experience working on several class action matters, including claims involving consumer products. Her diverse caseload requires her to appear before state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels.

General Business and Complex Commercial Litigation  

Soni maintains a broad general commercial litigation practice that encompasses cases ranging in value from seven-to-nine figures. Her cases include disputes over the enforcement of non-compete and confidentiality provisions, insurance coverage work, securities litigation and scores of business-to-business breach of contract and breach of warranty matters. Her commercial litigation practice covers matters not only in trial courts but appellate courts, as well, where she has frequently obtained favorable decisions either reversing or upholding trial court rulings. She also provides general legal advice to several clients including large corporations, governmental entities, mid-size businesses, private schools and non-profit organizations.

Real Estate and Construction Litigation 

Soni represents entities in disputes involving real estate, including lien enforcement actions, lease disputes, eminent domain actions and actions to quiet title. She also represents owners and contractors involved in construction disputes. Her construction practice involves trial and appellate litigation and larger-scale arbitrations involving claims for liquidated damages, negligent design, recovery under the Spearin doctrine, delay, inefficiency, acceleration, schedule compression, changed conditions and contract abandonment. 

Municipal Litigation 

Soni has handled cases on behalf of a variety of municipal entities including bond-related disputes, actions to enforce consent judgments against municipalities, and claims involving the Open Meetings Act. She is also well-versed in defending challenges to imposed utility fees based on the theory that the fees are impermissibly-assessed taxes.

False Claims Act/Qui Tam Litigation 

Soni represents various entities and individuals who have been sued for allegedly violating federal and state false claims acts. She has defended against these qui tam claims in federal district and appellate courts. In this capacity, she has successfully defended against several multi-million dollar claims for damages. She has also obtained dismissal of the complaints prior to protracted litigation. She has also counseled clients in connection with issues concerning the Anti-Kickback Law and the Stark Law, along with other fraud and abuse issues.

Healthcare Litigation 

Soni represents healthcare entities (including nursing homes, diagnostic groups, hospitals and DME suppliers) and healthcare practitioners (including physicians, pharmacists and nurses) in a variety of matters ranging from licensing investigations, contract disputes, peer review hearings, challenges to medical staff decisions, government investigations, claims for reimbursement and responses to subpoenas requesting information or testimony. She has worked with physician groups and other healthcare entities to ensure that they are properly reimbursed by payors for work performed. She has also successfully defended hospitals against claims brought by physicians alleging wrongful termination of privileges.

Representative Matters

Honors

Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude

University of Michigan, B.B.A., with high distinction, Phi Beta Kappa

Michigan Super Lawyers, Civil Litigation Defense 2011-present; 2012 Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers; Rising Star 2008

Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation 2009-present, Real Estate Litigation and Construction Litigation 2012-present

American Bar Foundation, Fellow

Michigan State Bar Foundation, Fellow

Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, 1995-present, Forum on the Construction Industry, 2011

State Bar of Michigan, 1994-present, District G Character and Fitness Committee, 2004-2009, Standing Committee on Character & Fitness, Advisory Member, 2011-present

District of Columbia Bar Association, 1996-present

Washtenaw County Bar Association, 1999-present, Board of Directors, 2004-2006; Judiciary Committee, 2001-2004; Co-chair, 2003-2004

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Ozone House, Board of Directors, 2013-present

Washtenaw Community College Foundation, Board of Directors, 2007-2013

2004 Democratic National Convention, At-Large Delegate

Neighborhood Senior Services, Ann Arbor, MI, Board of Directors, February 2001-April 2006; Secretary, January 2003-December 2004; Chair, January 2004-April 2006; Marketing Committee, 2006

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor, MI, Board of Trustees, October 2002-September 2008

Ann Arbor City Housing and Human Services, Advisory Board, 2008-2013

Leadership Ann Arbor, 2001 Graduate

Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Board of Trustees 2014-present