Clients regularly retain Avanti Bakane in a variety of complex matters. She represents publicly traded and smaller companies alike in areas such as complex class action, antitrust, breach of contract, and general commercial litigation with a focus in consumer class action defense. Ms. Bakane’s practice also includes representing businesses and creative professionals in software and e-commerce development, data privacy, data loss, licensing, and copyright infringement disputes. She has experience in federal and state courts across the country, assists with ethical and compliance matters, and is a key asset in pre-suit negotiations, litigation, and compliance.
Outside of the office, Ms. Bakane serves as Central Regional Governor for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and President of Leading India’s Future Today’s (LIFT) Associate Board. Ms. Bakane is a past President of the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago, past Honorary Board Member for the Asian American Bar Association of Chicago (AABA), and volunteers with several non-profit organizations to provide opportunities for underprivileged youth and to end gender violence.
Prior to joining Gordon & Rees, Ms. Bakane was with a major law firm in Chicago. During law school, Ms. Bakane served as an extern for two semesters to the Honorable Irwin J. Solganick, Law Division, Circuit Court of Cook County. She also worked as a research assistant to DePaul Professors Steven H. Resnicoff and Song Richardson. She was a member of DePaul’s International Moot Court team for two years.
Before she attended law school, Ms. Bakane worked as a discovery paralegal for a year at a Chicago firm. During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Bakane worked as a resident assistant with a number of programs.
Ms. Bakane is proficient in Spanish and Marathi and was a consulting academic tutor for the University of Veritas in San Jose, Costa Rica, where she tutored, translated and taught Spanish for International University students learning the language.
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
VP of Communications (2018-2019)
Central Regional Governor (2016-2018)
Leading India's Future Today (LIFT Foundation)
Board of Directors
Associate Board of Directors
Asian American Bar Association of Chicago
Honorary Board Member (2016-2017)
South Asian Bar Association of Chicago (formerly the Indian-American Bar Association of Chicago), Member
Apna Ghar, Annual Taste for Life event, Host Committee (2014-2018), Volunteer