Aleena Sorathia, Esquire

Aleena Sorathia, Esquire

Attorney At Law

Aleena Sorathia is an associate in the Litigation and Labor & Employment groups of Ahmad Zaffarese LLC. Aleena’s practice focuses on representing small to large businesses as well as government entities in civil litigation and employment matters. During her time at Ahmad Zaffarese, Aleena has represented clients in matters involving the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act, the Sovereign Immunity Act, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. Aleena has also aided clients in matters related to §1983, Bivens, and the Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law. Additionally, she has represented clients in connection with Act 111 and Act 195 arbitration matters, contract disputes and business formation. Aleena also assists Ahmad Zaffarese’s Collection group.

Prior to joining Ahmad Zaffarese, Aleena was a Judicial Law Clerk in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for the Honorable Judge Albert John Snite, Jr., where she garnered valuable experience in pre-trial and trial practice.

While attending Villanova University School of Law, Aleena was involved in the Student Bar Association, serving as a student representative for two years. In addition to working with SBA, Aleena was a certified legal intern at the Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic, where she represented indigent farmworkers. Aleena also worked in-house for a large, Philadelphia-based corporation and for a solo employment-law practitioner while in law school.

Outside of work, Aleena is dedicated to serving the Greater Philadelphia community. She serves as a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. The Commission enforces state laws that prohibit discrimination, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, commercial property, education, and public accommodations. As one of eleven commissioners, Aleena acts a public liaison, establishes policies and resolves complaints of discrimination.

Aleena sits on the Board of Directors of Break Away, a national non-profit organization. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA), and the Minority Alumni Society of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (MAS).

Additionally, Aleena is passionate about mentoring and participates in MAS & APABA-PA’s mentoring programs to guide young law students in their professional development. Aleena also provides shadowing opportunities to college students interested in the practice of law through the University of Richmond’s Alumni Society.

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Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Labor and Employment

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • The State of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • The Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

  • The University of Richmond, 2011 (magna cum laude)
  • Villanova University Charles Widger of School of Law, 2014

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Break Away (2017-present)
  • Board of Directors, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (January 2016-December 2017; January 2019-present)

Professional Highlights

  • Commissioner and chair of the policy committee, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, June 2018-present
  • Chair of the Board of Directors, Break Away (April 2021-April 2022)
  • Board of Directors, MAS, July 2019-present
  • Board of Directors, APABA-PA, January 2016-December 2017; January 2019-present
  • Liaison for APABA-PA to the Judicial Commission of the Philadelphia Bar Association, January 2021-present
  • Lawyer on the Fast Track, The Legal Intelligencer, 2019
  • Recording Secretary, APABA-PA, January 2018-December 2018
  • Co-chair, Civil Rights Committee, the Philadelphia Bar Association of Pennsylvania, January 2018-December 2019
  • Magna cum laude, The University of Richmond, May 2011