The second anniversary of starting my own practice passed yesterday.  Busy running around, I finally had a chance to reflect today.

I am truly appreciative of attorneys who have supported and encouraged me for the past two years.  Criminal defense attorneys whom I litigated against welcomed me with open hands.  Prosecutors whom I worked with for years still had lunch and shared stories with me.

This past year, I have continued to grow as an attorney.  I became an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy while serving on the Endorsement Committee of the South Asian Bar Association.

In the criminal world, I represented a hard-working immigrant charged with manslaughter when a motorcyclist died in an accident.  She later wrote, “What impressed me the most and set you apart from everyone else is your deep compassion and care for me.  You went beyond your means to help.  I am eternally grateful from the bottom of my heart. Thank you.”

I successfully obtained a certificate of rehabilitation for a reformed gentleman who suffered state prison sentences because he committed numerous felonies while living life as an alcoholic.  He no longer drinks, has a great job and a loving family.

Additionally, I obtained dismissals or favorable plea bargains for several of my clients. Three of my clients were acquitted or acquitted of the most serious charges at trial. One of them provided a review on avvo.com writing, “You’re involved in one of the most high-stress situations you’ve ever encountered, you’re frazzled, feeling powerless and you need someone who knows their stuff to back you up. That’s Asit. He’ll understand your mind set, reassure you with solid legal counsel and best of all, he knows your adversary better than anyone else in the game.”

 

In the civil world, I represented a client sued for conversion and successfully resolved the case on her terms despite the aggressive tactics by opposing counsel.

Lastly, I sued the City of Morgan Hill for violating the Election Code after residents signed a petition rejected their zoning change.  The city acknowledge that the petition had enough signatures but refused to repeal the ordinance or place it on the ballot for the voters to decide.  Currently, the city capitulated and agreed to place it on the ballot, but is now suing to remove it from the ballot.  The fight continues…