Chanakya A. Sethi


Chanakya Sethi is an Associate at Wilkinson Walsh, resident in the firm’s New York office. He has represented corporate and individual clients in a broad range of matters, including federal criminal cases, consumer class actions, intellectual property disputes, and government investigations. His experience spans all three levels of the federal courts, as well as international arbitration.

Chan grew up in Toronto and graduated from Princeton University in 2007, where he was editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian. Chan has law degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, where he graduated first in his class, and Yale Law School. Following law school, Chan clerked for Justice Michael J. Moldaver of the Supreme Court of Canada and Judge Ronnie Abrams of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Before attending law school, Chan worked for two years in the legal department of a leading global investment bank.

Chan focuses his pro bono practice on appellate litigation. In recent years, he has represented the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association of Disability Representatives, and FAMM before the U.S. Supreme Court, and Amnesty International and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Before joining the firm, Chan practiced at Williams & Connolly LLP.


  • Undergraduate: Princeton University, A.B. (2007)
    Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Princetonian
  • Law: Osgoode Hall Law School, J.D., with the Gold Medal (2012)
    Executive Editor, Osgoode Hall Law Journal
    First Place Oralist, Laskin Moot Court

    Yale Law School, LL.M. (2014)
    Editor, Yale Law & Policy Review


  • Justice Michael J. Moldaver, Supreme Court of Canada (2012–13)
  • Judge Ronnie Abrams, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (2014–15)

Other Activities

Chan is a director of the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program, which brings 40 students from low-income backgrounds to Princeton’s campus for an intensive 10-day seminar on journalism and college preparation. He is also a member of Lambda Legal’s Young Leadership Council in New York.