Darpana Sheth

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Darpana Sheth is an attorney with the Institute for Justice. She joined the Institute in February 2010 and litigates cases to promote economic liberty and secure property rights. Darpana is part of the trial team that won a federal court ruling striking down Louisiana’s government-imposed monopoly on the sale of caskets, a ruling that was upheld on appeal. Currently, Darpana represents medical providers in a constitutional challenge to Virginia’s requirement that medical providers receive government permission in the form of a certificate of need before purchasing medical imaging equipment. On the property rights front, Darpana was part of the trial team that successfully defended the family run Motel Caswell from a federal forfeiture action by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts. Currently, she is lead attorney in a federal class action against the City of Philadelphia and its law enforcement officials challenging the City’s egregious civil forfeiture practices.

Prior to joining the Institute for Justice, Darpana served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York and as law clerk to the Honorable Jerome A. Holmes of the 10th U.S. Court of Appeals. She also worked in private practice as a litigation associate at the Manhattan law firm of Chadbourne & Parke, LLP. Darpana graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History, and attended the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and also attended the Washington College of Law’s Program in Law and Government at American University.

Darpana Sheth is a member of the New York bar.

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