Mitha Rao is an associate in the Business Litigation and Financial Industries Group. Her practice focuses on complex business litigation, with an emphasis on financial and securities litigation. Mitha leverages the legal training she received at The University of Chicago Law School from faculty with Ph.D.s in business and economics to tackle various financial instruments, including residential mortgage-backed securities, collateralized loan obligations and restricted stocks. She has particular experience with cases involving complex legal and business theories – including securities fraud, bankruptcy and tax fraud.
Mitha has significant experience presenting legal issues to clients, ranging from Fortune 100 clients to individual brokers, and works hard to understand her clients’ business strategies and objectives. She pairs her legal work with business development on behalf of the firm’s Financial Industries group, assisting attorneys to identify potential litigation, including structured finance and rate manipulation claims.
During law school, Mitha was the recipient of a merit-based Tony Patiño Fellowship and gained valuable advocacy experience as a core member of a trial team that represented a client in a jury trial in the Circuit Court of Cook County. She also gained extensive advocacy experience when working for The Legal Aid Society’s Brooklyn Neighborhood Office, where she represented clients in administrative agency hearings.
In addition to her financial and securities litigation practice, Mitha also does pro bono work. She has represented clients in criminal appeals and handled negotiations related to landlord-tenant disputes.