Ralia E. Polechronis

Ralia E. Polechronis is Counsel at Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz. Her practice focuses primarily on complex civil matters, and she has experience in all phases of litigation, including pre-trial briefing, discovery, settlement negotiations and trial. Before joining the firm, Ralia was the Executive Director and General Counsel of the nonprofit Partnership for Educational Justice (PEJ), a national organization committed to bettering public education through impact litigation. Prior to her work at PEJ, she practiced at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP for nearly eight years, during which she represented a wide range of clients while also maintaining a robust pro bono practice in women’s reproductive rights and education matters.

Notable Matters

  • Member of senior team defending the NFL in its landmark concussion litigation class action settlement and in related cases for the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals.
  • Defense of Fortune 100 company accused of fraud in the sale of fund-linked notes to foreign investors.
  • Represented largest New York City charter school network in multiple lawsuits, including the dismissal of a complaint seeking to collect approximately $100 million in rent.
  • Served as co-counsel with the Center for Reproductive Rights in successfully challenging Oklahoma’s mandatory pre-abortion ultrasound law.

Publications

  • Progress Begins with Dissent, Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal, (2016)
  • Vergara Facts Meet the Test, Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal, (2016)

Other Activities

Throughout her career, Ralia has shown a commitment to public policy and public education. She served as a New York City Urban Fellow in the Administration for Children’s Services under the Deputy Commissioner for Child Protective Services. Ralia also committed much of her time to reforming the public education system, both serving on the New York City Bar Committee for Education and the Law and leading MESA Charter High School’s founding Board of Trustees as its Chair for five years.

Education

  • Law: Harvard Law School, J.D., 2006, cum laude
  • Undergraduate: Boston College, B.A., 2002, magna cum laude

Clerkship

  • Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, New York State Court of Appeals (2007-08)