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Aakruti G. Vakharia

Associate

Aakruti G. Vakharia

Associate

Ms. Vakharia’s experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex antitrust litigation allows her to advocate on behalf of clients based on a 360 degree perspective and an in-depth understanding of the issues.
Ms. Vakharia’s experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex antitrust litigation allows her to advocate on behalf of clients based on a 360 degree perspective and an in-depth understanding of the issues.

OVERVIEW

Aakruti G. Vakharia is an associate at Haug Partners’ New York office, where she focuses on Antitrust and Complex Litigation. She has experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex antitrust cases, including reverse payment cases.

Prior to joining Haug Partners, Ms. Vakharia was an associate at a boutique antitrust firm where she represented direct purchaser plaintiffs in complex pharmaceutical antitrust litigation. During law school, Ms. Vakharia interned for Hon. Jose L. Linares at the Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey, and spent her second summer working on real estate, bankruptcy and corporate matters.

Ms. Vakharia earned her J.D. from Fordham Law School (2018) with a concentration in Litigation and Dispute Resolution. At Fordham, she was a nationalist at the 2016 Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition and a semi-finalist at the 2018 William Tendy Trial Advocacy Competition. She also received the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award for her work with Fordham’s Federal Litigation Clinic, and served on the executive boards of Fordham’s Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and South Asian Law Students Association.

Prior to starting law school, Ms. Vakharia spent two years working as a litigation paralegal in New York for a practice group specializing in FINRA arbitrations, securities litigation and real estate litigation. Before that, she spent two years serving on the JET Program and interning at a law firm in Osaka, Japan which specialized in multinational family law and corporate law.

Ms. Vakharia is also committed to giving back to the community. She is active participant in Haug Partners’ pro bono practice. She has previously served as a co-chair for the Student Outreach Committee and currently serves as a co-chair of the Litigation Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York. She also serves as a judge for the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition and Fordham Law School’s trial advocacy competitions.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • Currently representing Shire in a complex antitrust matter in Federal Court, related to the drug Intuniv. Advised the Antitrust Practice Group in an arbitration with a class member, resulting in a victory for Shire on the issue of arbitrability.
  • Currently representing a multinational pharmaceutical corporation in the damages phase of a complex commercial litigation involving a drug shortage.
  • Currently representing Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Limited in a complex antitrust action involving an allegation against Takeda and Par of a reverse payment for the drug Amitiza.
  • Currently representing Supernus in an antitrust dispute related to a medical device.
  • As a junior associate, successfully represented a pro bono client at a telephonic hearing before an ALJ at the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board, where her client’s former employer also appeared with counsel. Ms. Vakharia secured a judgment in favor of her client receiving the unemployment insurance benefits she was due.
  • Co-drafted an Amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States, on behalf of the Federal Circuit Bar Association, in Arellano v. McDonough.
  • Represented the Direct Purchaser Class Plaintiffs in In re Namenda Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litigation on the question of whether Defendants entered into an unlawful reverse payment to delay entry of generic Namenda IR after engaging in an unlawful product hop resulting from a “hard switch” from twice-a-day Namenda IR to once-a-day Namenda XR. The case settled for $750 million in 2019.

PUBLICATIONS

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Can Your Client (Anti)Trust You? How to “Hatch” a Procompetitive Settlement Plan, NAPABA Annual Convention, November 2022
  • JAMS International Arbitration Panel, August 2022
  • CLE: Nuts and Bolts of Pharmaceutical Antitrust Principles: Introduction to Pharmaceutical Antitrust (Brand Conduct, Antitrust Litigation), January 2022
  • AABANY Pre-OCI Series: What Do Litigators Do? (Moderator, Boutique Law Firm Associate), October 2020

AWARDS

  • Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award

EDUCATION

  • Fordham University School of Law, (J.D., 2018)
  • Rutgers University, School of Arts and Sciences (B.A., Political Science and French Culture, magna cum laude, phi beta kappa, 2011)

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • District of Columbia
  • Southern District of New York
  • District of New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of the United States
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MEMBERSHIPS

  • Asian American Bar Association of New York (Co-Chair, Litigation Committee)
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Member, Health Law Committee)
  • South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey
  • Asian Pacific American Lawyers’ Association of New Jersey
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley
  • American Bar Association
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LANGUAGES

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Gujarati
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CONTACT

LOCATION

New York City
745 Fifth Avenue, 10th Floor,
New York, NY 10151
745 Fifth Avenue, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10151