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Neelu K. Khanuja, Esq. is the Founding Partner of Khanuja Law. Ms. Khanuja graduated from University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Economics, receiving Dean’s List recognition. Thereafter, she obtained her Juris Doctor from a tier 1 law school in Arizona, Sandra Day O’ Connor College of Law. During law school, Ms. Khanuja worked as a law clerk to a Superior Court Judge in family court and criminal court.
Ms. Khanuja is admitted to practice law before the State Bar of California and the United States District Court, Central District of California.
Ms. Khanuja is Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee, Co-Chair of the Website Committee, serves on the Board of Governors and the Foundation Board for the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.
She is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association and a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
She aggressively defends uninsured employers, insured employers, insurance carriers, third-party administrators and/or zealously advocates for injured workers in all areas of California state Workers’ Compensation Law. Ms. Khanuja previously worked at the largest California workers’ compensation defense firm in the state in addition to a local Applicant’s attorney firm. For the injured worker, Ms. Khanuja has successfully secured six-digit settlements. On behalf of the defendants, she has won “take nothing” Awards at Trial and reached settlements for 0% permanent disability via Stipulated Award. Additionally, Ms. Khanuja has vast experience in resolving liens of record resulting in a withdrawal of the outstanding balance of the lien.
In Labor and Employment Law, Ms. Khanuja is a dedicated advocate for aggrieved employees with workplace violations under state and federal wage and hour laws and with discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation claims under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. Ms. Khanuja has prior experience working at a plaintiff’s firm specializing in Labor and Employment Law.
“Protecting Women on the Frontlines of COVID-19” published in the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Newsletter (March 2021).
“Navigating Workers’ Comp Claims When Employees Work From Home” published in the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Newsletter (November 2020) & the Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal (October 2020).
“The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Temporary Disability” published in the Executives of Workers’ Compensation Newsletter (September 2020).
“Limiting the Scope of Hikida,” published in the Executives of Workers’ Compensation Newsletter (August 2020).
Outside of the office, Ms. Khanuja is a Co-Founder of and currently serves as a Board Member to a non-profit organization, 5 Rivers Foundation. As a Board Member, she is involved in awarding college scholarships and providing financial support for SAT/ACT preparation courses to students who are motivated to pursue higher education. To date, 5 Rivers Foundation has awarded over 100 scholarships and provided SAT/ACT preparation courses to over 173 students nationwide.