Moxi Upadhyaya is an experienced trial attorney who has represented businesses and individuals in numerous bench and jury trials and depositions. Although she maintains a national practice, Moxi is often sought out for her extensive knowledge of the District of Columbia federal and local courts and administrative agencies, given her unique prior government service in the District.
Moxi's clients include universities, hospitality companies, medical systems and practices, energy companies, commercial real estate developers and owners, professional services organizations, and local businesses. In addition to handling complex commercial disputes, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and defamation claims, she has represented large organizations in Title VII employment suits. Her practice includes regulatory and administrative litigation challenging regulations and agency orders in the DC Circuit and other DC courts.
Moxi began her career as a trial attorney early, having served as lead counsel in two jury trials and one bench trial during her third year of law school, through her participation in American University's Criminal Justice Clinic. As an associate during her first five years at Venable, she first-chaired a multi-day bench trial, second-chaired a federal bench trial on behalf of a major litigation law firm, and was a key member of two jury trial teams. She also worked as an integral part of a team handling a billion-dollar bankruptcy adversary proceeding in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, on behalf of Enron as debtor-in-bankruptcy, during which she took or defended dozens of depositions.
Moxi is uniquely familiar with practice in the DC federal and state courts. While serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Wilkins of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Moxi advised on pending complex civil, administrative, and criminal matters involving high-profile issues of first impression. She regularly confronted questions of constitutional law, contract interpretation, statutory interpretation, federal civil procedure, and DC law. Prior to joining Venable, Moxi served a two-year term as law clerk to the Honorable Eric T. Washington, former chief judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. While there, Moxi was involved in numerous complex civil, criminal, and administrative cases that presented issues of first impression affecting the District of Columbia.
Editorial Board, Administrative Law Review
Dean’s Award for outstanding performance in clinical program