With an impressive record of victories and favorable settlements in California courts, Sanjay Nangia is a trusted advisor to a variety of companies with a special focus on the technology, financial services, energy and health care industries. Sanjay develops creative strategies to defend and resolve a broad array of general complex disputes and government investigations, including cases involving breach of contract, class actions, antitrust, unfair competition, misrepresentation, false advertising, fraud, negligence, trade secrets, intellectual property, consumer protection (e.g., UDAAP, UCL, CLRA), content, technology, and financial services.
As a trial-experienced lawyer that has practiced in California for over a decade, Sanjay has been trusted by clients such as Stripe, Twitch, Uber, Affirm, Amazon, St. Joseph's Health, SANYO Consumer Electronics, and Shizuki Electric. Sanjay has also been called on by large banks and fintechs for assistance in resolving prelitigation or arbitration matters with key business partners and vendors, including matters involving whether a party has committed a "material breach" of contract and the breach is subject to a limitation of liability provision.
Sanjay also brings an in-house perspective that provides a user-friendly experience for clients. For three years, he worked part-time as a secondee at a San Francisco fintech "unicorn," handling a diverse set of legal issues across the globe. Sanjay understands the frustrations of receiving lengthy and unclear emails without direct answers to questions, the anxiety that can build when outside counsel does not respond in a timely manner, and the difficulties of working with counsel that does not understand their clients' business or goals. Sanjay dedicates himself to avoiding these pain points and providing practical, useful, and timely advice.
Sanjay brings experience in the technology, financial services, and media/content industries. Sanjay works in close coordination with the firm's financial services practice group and emerging payments team, assisting in a broad range of dispute-related matters involving payment processing, buy now pay later (BNPL), bank compliance, private label credit card (PLCC), loan/financing law, as well as clickwrap, E-Sign and other consent issues. Sanjay has also assisted the firm's media group by working closely on matters involving the Communications Decency Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and the Stored Communications Act.
Core member of a trial team that defended live-streaming service Twitch against material breach of contract and misrepresentation claims from a popular former streamer, James Varga. Plaintiff alleged that his account had been improperly terminated, causing him lost income and reputational harm between $15 and $100 million. Following a three-week jury trial, Varga was awarded only $20,720. In post-trial motions, the trial judge subsequently denied plaintiff's unfair competition law (UCL) claim, which sought to restore Varga's account, and awarded Twitch legal costs of $396,733 (resulting in a net judgment of $376,000 in Twitch's favor). Led Twitch's damages and expert strategy, efforts to collect legal costs, and examined five witnesses (including three experts) at trial.
Civil litigation and government investigations defense
Class-action and competition/antitrust defense
Admitted to Practice
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2010
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2011
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2011
U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2011
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 2009, cum laude
- Entrepreneurship Law Center
- Center on Wrongful Convictions Clinic
- Faculty Appointments Committee, Student Bar Association
- Treasurer, South Asian Law Students Association
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2006
- Dean's List, Dean's Scholars Society
- Solar Power Design Team
Memberships & Affiliations
- Executive Committee, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
- Chair, IP and Internet Law Section, Bar Association of San Francisco, 2016
- Davis Wright Tremaine Diversity & Inclusion Committee
- Advisory Board, Digital Gaming Museum
- California Minority Counsel Program
- Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
- Global Competition Review Award, Litigation of the Year, Best Cartel Defense Team, Motorola Mobility v. AU Optronics, et al, 2015
- Associate, Quinn Emanuel & Sullivan LLP, San Francisco, 2009-2011