Veena Bhatia is an Associate Attorney at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP where she focuses on environmental torts, product liability, mass torts, wrongful death, and elder abuse.
Veena contributed significantly towards CPM's Ninth Circuit win in a wrongful death and elder abuse case in which defendants unsuccessfully argued PREP Act immunity.
Veena is a member of Consumer Attorneys of California’s Women’s Caucus, and Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee. She is also a member of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California.
Veena received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. At UC Hastings, Veena earned a CALI Excellence for the Future Award and Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Legal Research and Writing. Additionally, Veena published an article on Indian family law in Domestic Violence Report, Civic Research Institute. Her article was republished in Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly, Civic Research Institute.
Prior to law school, Veena worked full-time at two prominent litigation firms. She held coveted internships at several governmental agencies at the local, state, and federal levels, including the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, California Department of Justice, and United States Department of Justice.
Veena received her B.A. in Legal Studies and B.A. in Political Science with honors from the University of California, Berkeley. She also received the Cal-in-Sacramento Fellowship and AmeriCorps Fellowship. At Cal, Veena was a research assistant to a law professor at Berkeley Law. She also worked with Bay Area Legal Aid to help domestic violence victims ask the court for temporary restraining orders. She published an article on international ethics in Berkeley Student Journal of Asian Studies.
Honors & Awards
Honors & Recognitions
CALI Excellence for the Future Award - Legal Research and Writing, Fall 2018
Witkin Award for Academic Excellence - Legal Research and Writing, Fall 2018
Consumer Attorneys of California
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D.
University of California, Berkeley, B.A. in Legal Studies and B.A. in Political Science (with honors)
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit