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Soniya D. Khemlani

Partner

E skhemlani@wfbm.com
T (714) 634-2522
| F (714) 634-0686

Overview

Soniya Khemlani focuses her practice on local and national clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters, including claims arising from the use of industrial products, consumer products, and construction equipment, for alleged occupational and non-occupational exposures to toxic substances, including asbestos, silica, talc, and household and industrial chemicals. Soniya also represents a Southern California utility company, a global aerospace company, e-cigarette store owners, and small business owners against supplier, contractor, premises liability, and general liability claims. Soniya has gained extensive experience representing clients in various litigation matters, including complex, multiparty and multijurisdictional litigation and in numerous cases with the allegation of substantial damages.

Soniya is experienced in managing matters from inception through trial. Throughout the years she has achieved successful results for her clients both in the courtroom and through the negotiation of favorable resolutions.

Soniya was named a “Rising Star” by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine in 2016 and 2017.

She is fluent in Sindhi.

Representative Successes
  • Plaintiffs v. Oven Equipment Maintenance Company – Motion for summary judgment granted for an oven equipment maintenance company. The client was not in the chain of production and marketing for the defective appliance that caused toxic injury to the plaintiffs, and they did not owe plaintiffs a duty to inspect equipment for potential defects.
  • Plaintiffs v. Large Energy Supplier Company – Motion for summary judgment granted for an energy supplier company client in a matter in which plaintiffs alleged asbestos exposure, but was unable to prove that the client was in the chain of production and marketing, or that they caused plaintiffs’ alleged injuries on the client’s premises.
  • Plaintiff v. Lumber Supply Company – Motion for summary judgment granted for lumber supply company in matter in which plaintiff failed to prove she was ever exposed to asbestos-containing products sold or supplied by client.
  • Represented one of the nation’s largest investor-owned utilities in litigation involving personal injury and property damage.
Industry Involvement

Professional Affiliations:

  • Associate Leadership Board of Public Counsel
  • Member, California Minority Counsel Program
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Public Law Center Volunteer, Orange County
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

Speaking Engagements:

  • “Pivoting from Today to Tomorrow: The Transitioning Roles of In-House Counsel and Outside Counsel”
  • “Hot Topics in Tort Litigation”
Beyond the Office

Soniya sits on the Young Professional’s Committee for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Orange County, as well as on the Silent Auction Committee for the Orange County Public Law Center. She is a mentor for the El Dorado High School Legal Studies Advocacy Workforce Readiness Program at her former high school. She is also a member of Orange County’s Young Professionals Society.

In her spare time, Soniya enjoys hiking, travelling, reading and going to the beach.

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