FPSF Welcomes New Partner Ravinder S. Bhalla

FPSF is pleased to announce Ravinder S. Bhalla has joined the firm as a Partner. Ravi is a seasoned litigator bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in employment, commercial, civil rights, criminal defense, and governmental affairs litigation.

Ravi earned a B.S. in Political Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.S. in Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics. He received his law degree from Tulane Law School in New Orleans.

Prior to joining the firm, Ravi maintained a law practice in Hudson County that focused on all aspects of employment law, commercial litigation, criminal defense, and public entity litigation. During this time, Ravi tried cases to verdict in the areas of corporate disputes, complex environmental litigation, and criminal law, including the successful trial of a corporate executive at UMDNJ charged criminally with violations of the New Jersey Water Pollution Control Act. In recognition of his accomplishments, New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine named Ravi one of its Rising Stars in 2009.

"Ravi has a diverse personal and professional background and enjoys a stellar reputation in the legal community. We are enthusiastic about his partnership with the firm and its continued growth in the coming years," said Governor James Florio, founder of the firm.

Ravi began his career as an Associate of Krovatin & Associates, LLC, where he gained his first trial experience handling matters in the areas of white-collar criminal defense litigation, complex civil litigation, and cutting edge civil rights litigation. It was during his tenure at Krovatin & Associates that Ravi earned national recognition in the New York Times for his legal advocacy after a jail visit to a client, which resulted in a violation of his own constitutional and civil rights. The incident motivated Ravi to lead a successful campaign to reform the federal government's visitation policies at correctional facilities nationwide.

Over the years, Ravi has been recognized for his public interest advocacy on behalf of Asian Americans and other minorities, receiving the Thurgood Marshall Award from Muslim Advocates, the Professional Achievement Award from the Asian Pacific American Legal Association of New Jersey, the Community Leadership Award from Asian Americans for Equality, and the Community Service Award from the Sikh American Chamber of Commerce.

"I have known Ravi for many years to be a hard working and tenacious litigator. His talents will complement and strengthen several of our practice groups and we warmly welcome him to the firm," said Paul Fader, a Partner and co-Founder of the Firm.

Ravi lives in Hoboken, NJ with his wife and two children, where he remains active in the community, currently serving as a Councilman-at-Large since 2009. Ravi also served as Hoboken's City Council President from 2011-2012, Council Vice-President from 2010-2011, and Chairman of the Hoboken Democratic Party from 2010-2011.

Ravi is admitted to the state bars of New Jersey and New York, as well as the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey, the Southern District of New York, and the Eastern District of New York. Ravi is also a member of the Bar of the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., and was recently elected as a Trustee of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey.

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