Navi Dhillon focuses on complex civil litigation, and controversial regulatory matters. He is a trusted advisor to clients across diverse industries including energy, hedge funds, private equity, wine, mining, timber, infrastructure, agriculture and technology. His representations have involved a variety of sensitive business concerns, from securities, corporate governance, land use, and water pollution, to class actions, fraud, and unfair competition. Mr. Dhillon has served as lead counsel in matters with an aggregate amount in controversy of $2 billion. In 2017, Law360 recognized Mr. Dhillon as a "Rising Star," an honor given to only three environmental lawyers under 40 in the United States.
Mr. Dhillon handles all aspects of civil litigation, including filing and responding to complaints, motion practice, depositions, mandamus proceedings, bench and jury trials, and appeals. As lead counsel, he has opposed multiple preliminary injunction motions seeking to block highly controversial projects and litigated a range of cases to judgment.
Mr. Dhillon is a go-to lawyer for clients seeking to develop utility-scale energy and infrastructure projects. His energy and infrastructure work has included receiving approvals for or developing a 300MW battery energy storage system (BESS), a 250MW photovoltaic system, a complex off-shore wind project, and an ocean desalination facility.
He has also worked on significant pro bono matters, including an effort to protect an endangered species of salmon in California's Muir Woods in what The Daily Journal recognized as a "historic" agreement and ran as a cover story.
Outside of his work for the firm, Mr. Dhillon is highly engaged within the legal community. He is an active member of the Bar Association of San Francisco and was selected to be a member of the McFetridge American Inn of Court. In his spare time and for the past several years, he has coached local high school mock trial teams.
Prior to joining Baker Botts, Mr. Dhillon practiced at a Bay Area-based AmLaw 25 firm for several years. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Dhillon served as a law clerk for more than two years to the Honorable John E. Munter of the San Francisco Superior Court's Complex Civil Litigation Department. As a law clerk, Mr. Dhillon managed more than a hundred high-stakes, complex civil litigation matters, and worked on more than a dozen trials, including jury trials. While in law school, he served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Charles R. Breyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and as a law clerk for the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office in San Francisco.