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Namrata Kotwani

Associate

San Francisco
Direct: (415) 554-1016
Fax: (415) 397-8549
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Namrata Kotwani is an associate in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in the San Francisco office and a member of the firm’s Employee Benefits Litigation Group and Health Care Fraud and Provider Billing Litigation Team.

Namrata represents employers, pension and welfare plans and ERISA plan administrators in all aspects of litigation arising from disputes over benefits and fiduciary claims in complex class actions and single-plaintiff lawsuits.  In the class action realm, she has defended various types of claims for benefits and breach of fiduciary duty related to plan design and administration, and excessive 401(k) fee litigation. She also has niche practice representing welfare benefit plans and payors in healthcare reimbursement and provider billing litigation under ERISA, RICO and state law, with a particular emphasis on “fraud, waste, and abuse” litigation. Namrata handles a wide range of ERISA matters in arbitration, including individual pension and welfare benefit claims. She represents both employer and Taft-Hartley Fund interests in arbitrations over plan benefits.  She has represented employer trustees in federal and state court when sued for breach of fiduciary duty.

Namrata advises trustees of multiemployer benefit funds on welfare and pension plan design and administration, the qualification of state domestic relations orders, drafting plan documents and general compliance with ERISA, and other laws affecting welfare and pension funds. 

Namrata also has significant experience representing companies in complex commercial, health care, and employment litigation matters in federal and state court.  She has worked with domestic and multinational companies and her clients include insurers, private equity firms, derivatives traders, investment banks, transportation companies, large universities, and telecommunications providers.

Namrata's white collar practice focuses on representing clients at large investment banks during regulatory as well as criminal proceedings. She also has experience in internal investigations, particularly those related to money laundering and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

She is also deeply committed to pro bono work—she assisted the D.C. Council in evaluating the recent Human Rights Watch report on the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department's handling of sexual assault cases, obtained social security benefits on behalf of a disabled client, authored an amicus brief in child custody proceedings involving an incarcerated mother, represented individuals in asylum proceedings, and drafted a state supreme court appellate brief in support of a sentence reduction under Montgomery and Miller for a juvenile sentenced to life.

Namrata graduated cum laude from Boston University School of Law. While in law school, she served on the editorial board of the American Journal of Law & Medicine. Namrata also worked at the District Attorney's Office in Boston, clerked at the Delhi High Court, and interned at the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services (which provides legal assistance to indigent defendants). Before entering law school, Namrata was one of two nationally selected pre-doctoral fellows at the Bioethics Department at the National Institutes of Health.

As an undergraduate, Namrata attended Wesleyan University and won the prestigious Morgan Stanley Richard B. Fisher Scholarship. As a Richard B. Fisher Scholar, Namrata interned at the Equity Research Division of a prominent global bank. She is a native speaker of Hindi and Sindhi and is a beginner at French and Russian.

Namrata Kotwani is an associate in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in the San Francisco office and a member of the firm’s Employee Benefits Litigation Group and Health Care Fraud and Provider Billing Litigation Team.

Namrata represents employers, pension and welfare plans and ERISA plan administrators in all aspects of litigation arising from disputes over benefits and fiduciary claims in complex class actions and single-plaintiff lawsuits.  In the class action realm, she has defended various types of claims for benefits and breach of fiduciary duty related to plan design and administration, and excessive 401(k) fee litigation. She also has niche practice representing welfare benefit plans and payors in healthcare reimbursement and provider billing litigation under ERISA, RICO and state law, with a particular emphasis on “fraud, waste, and abuse” litigation. Namrata handles a wide range of ERISA matters in arbitration, including individual pension and welfare benefit claims. She represents both employer and Taft-Hartley Fund interests in arbitrations over plan benefits.  She has represented employer trustees in federal and state court when sued for breach of fiduciary duty.

Namrata advises trustees of multiemployer benefit funds on welfare and pension plan design and administration, the qualification of state domestic relations orders, drafting plan documents and general compliance with ERISA, and other laws affecting welfare and pension funds. 

Namrata also has significant experience representing companies in complex commercial, health care, and employment litigation matters in federal and state court.  She has worked with domestic and multinational companies and her clients include insurers, private equity firms, derivatives traders, investment banks, transportation companies, large universities, and telecommunications providers.

Namrata's white collar practice focuses on representing clients at large investment banks during regulatory as well as criminal proceedings. She also has experience in internal investigations, particularly those related to money laundering and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

She is also deeply committed to pro bono work—she assisted the D.C. Council in evaluating the recent Human Rights Watch report on the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department's handling of sexual assault cases, obtained social security benefits on behalf of a disabled client, authored an amicus brief in child custody proceedings involving an incarcerated mother, represented individuals in asylum proceedings, and drafted a state supreme court appellate brief in support of a sentence reduction under Montgomery and Miller for a juvenile sentenced to life.

Namrata graduated cum laude from Boston University School of Law. While in law school, she served on the editorial board of the American Journal of Law & Medicine. Namrata also worked at the District Attorney's Office in Boston, clerked at the Delhi High Court, and interned at the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services (which provides legal assistance to indigent defendants). Before entering law school, Namrata was one of two nationally selected pre-doctoral fellows at the Bioethics Department at the National Institutes of Health.

As an undergraduate, Namrata attended Wesleyan University and won the prestigious Morgan Stanley Richard B. Fisher Scholarship. As a Richard B. Fisher Scholar, Namrata interned at the Equity Research Division of a prominent global bank. She is a native speaker of Hindi and Sindhi and is a beginner at French and Russian.

Education

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, cum laude (2012)
    Projects Editor, American Journal of Law and Medicine

  • BA, Economics, Wesleyan University, College of Social Studies and Economics, with honors (2006)

Admissions

  • California
  • New York

Courts

  • US District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York

Publications

  • Co-Author, “The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act: 2013 Year in Review,” 21, LAW & BUS. REV. AM. 241 (2016)
  • Co-Author, “The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act: 2012 Year in Review,” 20, LAW & BUS. REV. AM. 565 (2014)
  • Co-Author, “At the Frontlines: Confronting Poverty in Primary Care Medicine,” PRIMARY CARE AT A GLANCE - HOT TOPICS AND NEW INSIGHTS 1, Oreste Capelli ed. (2012)
  • Co-Author, “Priorities of Low-Income Urban Residents for Interventions to Address the Socio-Economic Determinants of Health,” 21 J, HEALTH CARE FOR THE POOR AND UNDERSERVED 1318 (2010)
  • Co-Author, “Expanding the Current Health Care Reform Debate: Is It Feasible to Provide Health-Promoting Socioeconomic Interventions to Low-Income Young Adults?,” 12 J, HEALTH CARE L. & POL’Y 17 (2009)
  • Co-Author, “Expanding the Current Health Care Reform Debate: Is It Feasible to Provide Health-Promoting Socioeconomic Interventions to Low-Income Young Adults?,” 12 J, Health Care L & Policy 1049 (2009)
  • Author, “Every Life is Precious: An Equitable Agenda for Health Research on Climate Change,” YOUNG VOICES RESEARCH FOR HEALTH, CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH: RESEARCH CHALLENGES FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS, Global Forum for Health Research ed. (2008)
  • Co-Author, “Improving Protection of Trial Participants,” 28, GENETIC ENGINEERING & BIOTECHNOLOGY NEWS (GEN) 3 (2008)
  • Co-Author, “Tackling the Health-Poverty Nexus: Primary Care Medicine and Intersectoral Health Action,” 11 J, GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE 1632 (2007)
  • Author, “The Media Miss Key Points in Scientific Reporting,” 3, VIRTUAL MENTOR: AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOURNAL OF ETHICS 188