Tanya Sukhija-Cohen joined Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai LLP in 2019. She specializes in civil rights, employment, and international human rights law. In her career, Ms. Sukhija-Cohen has contributed to several six- and seven-figure settlements, including cases involving sexual harassment, sexual assault, police excessive force, prisoner abuse, employment discrimination, and wrongful conviction. Her other recent accomplishments include securing a preliminary injunction to stop a California city from selling a 100-acre property unless it first made the land available for use as open space and affordable housing. Ms. Sukhija-Cohen also filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of six former child slaves in their case against two U.S. corporations who allegedly aided and abetted child slavery and forced labor in West Africa.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Sukhija-Cohen clerked for the Honorable Dena Hanovice Palermo of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Ms. Sukhija-Cohen previously worked as a civil rights attorney at the Law Offices of Dale K. Galipo on cases involving police excessive force, prisoner rights, and wrongful convictions. She also worked as a human rights attorney at Equality Now in New York and Kenya where she represented victims of gender-based violence in impact litigation cases before international human rights tribunals including the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. At Equality Now she also engaged in policy advocacy to end violence against women and girls and improve their access to justice in over 40 countries around the world.
During law school, Ms. Sukhija-Cohen worked with the U.S. Department of State monitoring cases involving war crimes and crimes against humanity in The Hague, with non-profits in both California and South Africa aimed at ending gender-based violence, and with the civil rights law firm Schonbrun Seplow Harris Hoffman & Zeldes LLP on cases involving torture and other international human rights violations.
She obtained both her B.A. and J.D. from UCLA.
- J.D., University of California Law School
- B.A., University of California (UCLA)
- New York
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California