Pushkal Mishra graduated from Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif, the national legal honor society for honor students in law; placed on the Dean’s Honor List for six straight semesters; and ranked no. 1 in ten areas, including Criminal Procedure.
Before law school, he obtained a BS in Electrical Engineering from a top-ranked school in India and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California with a top honors in Robotics. He first leveraged this analytical training and background at Goldman Sachs in New York. He then ventured into quantitative trading in due course, using mathematical modeling to trade equity derivatives.
After graduating from law school, he started handling complex federal tax issues and SEC disclosures for public companies. He got his first opportunity as a litigator at Latham & Watkins LLP, an international law firm, defending reputed clients in, among other things, trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement trials, FCPA enforcement actions, FTC data privacy investigations, and securities fraud class actions. He left the firm to serve as a judicial law clerk to two federal judges.
First, he served in the chambers of the Honorable George H. Wu, a trial court judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and was stationed in the Los Angeles federal courthouse. Second, he served in the chambers of the Honorable Todd M. Hughes, an appeals court judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, for which he moved to Washington, D.C. After his clerkships, he resumed private practice as a litigator at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, focusing on complex federal trials and appeals.
With his experience working for federal judges, Pushkal gained deep insight into the inner workings of the federal courtrooms. He uses this knowledge and experience to help those on the outside of the federal courtrooms.
Pushkal is admitted to practice law in California (since 2014) and New York (since 2015). His pro bono legal services since then include assistance with juvenile justice, adoption matters, human trafficking litigation involving Southern Poverty Law Center, and Public Counsel public interest matters.