Ms. Bajowala is an experienced trial attorney who litigates in state and federal courts. She handles litigation and investigation matters for companies involving their employees, customers and business partners that deal with complex commercial and financial transactions, consumer law, corporate reorganization, employment relationships and benefit plans. Ms. Bajowala has defended corporations, including manufacturers, automotive industry clients, online and brick-and-mortar retailers and government defense contractors, in actions with up to 90,000 class members and has represented a committee charged with protecting the interests of over 45,000 individuals. Ms. Bajowala regularly counsels and defends employers and service providers in federal actions involving defined contribution, defined benefit, employer stock option, short-term disability and other ERISA-governed plans. She also counsels employers on issues relating to discharge, post-employment obligations, employee classification and the applicability of various labor and employment statutes. She also counsels corporate boards and executives on a variety of areas of concern, including conflicts of interest, fiduciary duties, benefit plan exposure, investment disclosures, employment issues, IT and benefits outsourcing arrangements and technology policy.
Ms. Bajowala is regarded as a leader in her field. In 2015, she accepted the POW! Award from Womenetics, which celebrates women who demonstrate “game changing leadership” in business and the Chicago community. She received the “Illinois Most Powerful & Influential Woman Award” from the Illinois Diversity Council in 2014. Also in 2014, she was named to the Lawyers of Color magazine’s “Hot List.” Ms. Bajowala was selected as a 2013 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. She was recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in General Commercial Litigation in 2011 and 2013.
Ms. Bajowala has also been recognized for her public interest work. She received the 2013 Albert E. Jenner Pro Bono Award for distinguished pro bono service. She was also featured in an article on Jenner & Block’s No. 1 pro bono program ranking in the July 2014 edition of The American Lawyer. Ms Bajowala also accepted the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law’s 2014 Corporate Partner award on behalf of the firm, which stemmed from her work on a lengthy Fair Housing Act matter she litigated in federal court. She has also litigated other civil rights matters in federal court, including a Section 1983 civil jury trial. She also works to protect the rights of the undocumented, including helping recover almost $800,000 in restitution for a human trafficking survivor, working to achieve the first public settlement of RICO trafficking claims and assisting numerous survivors of political persecution with attaining asylum. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Public Interest Law Initiative and the Advisory Board of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation. She previously served on the National Immigrant Justice Center’s Junior Leadership Council and the Apna Ghar Junior Board of Directors. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Bajowala completed a PILI internship at the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation (CVLS) and a PILI graduate fellowship at the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU-Illinois.
Ms. Bajowala is active in several professional organizations that foster diversity in the legal profession, including serving as the Women’s Committee Chair for the Indian-American Bar Association and on the Outreach Committee of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. She served as Membership Committee Chair and a 2008 National Convention Chair for the South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABANA). During law school at the University of Michigan Law School, she founded the annual Origins Fellowship Program run by the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA), which has since awarded almost $80,000 in fellowship funds to two dozen law students working to advance the public interest. Origins also initiated the Law School’s Annual Culture Show.
She founded the firm’s Mother’s Circle of the Women’s Forum and also serves on the Women’s Forum Steering Committee and Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She previously served as co-chair of the firm’s Asian Forum and on the firm’s Hiring Committee and the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.