Saraa Basaria

Biography

Saraa Basaria concentrates her civil litigation practice on commercial disputes, employment law, personal injury matters, and criminal defense.  She has successfully tried civil and criminal cases, most recently obtaining an eviction order on behalf of a landlord in a dispute involving a commercial tenant.  In an employment law matter, Ms. Basaria persuaded a federal judge pre-trial to dismiss a bias lawsuit filed under Title IX and Massachusetts anti-discrimination laws by an applicant who fell into four protected categories and was denied admission to graduate school programs at a university.  Ms. Basaria is dedicated to pro bono work and has represented a number of clients on a pro bono basis.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Basaria was a civil litigation attorney at a national law firm where she represented clients in a variety of matters, including commercial litigation, construction litigation, professional liability, land use/zoning litigation, and employment disputes and counseling.  She is also a former public defender, having tried jury and bench trials, and argued substantive motions in court.

Ms. Basaria is immediate past president of the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the South Asian Bar Association of North America (2016-2017).  She currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Trustees of the South Asian Bar Association of North America Foundation.  She is a 2017 graduate of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Leadership Academy, and currently serves as Secretary of the MBA's Young Lawyers Division's Board of Directors, and as a member of the MBA's Diversity Task Force.

Ms. Basaria currently serves on Todd & Weld's Diversity Committee.  She is conversational in Urdu, Hindi and Spanish.

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  • Background
    • Gordon & Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP, Associate, 2016-2017
    • Committee for Public Counsel Services, Staff Attorney, 2012-2016
  • Professional Activities
    • South Asian Bar Association of North American Foundation, Secretary, Board of Trustess (2019-2020)
    • South Asian Bar Association of North America Foundation, Member, Board of Trustees (2018-2019)
    • Immediate Past President, South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston, 2018
    • Member of Board of Directors (2016-2017), South Asian Bar Association of North America
    • Massachusetts Bar Association, Secretary, Board of Directors of Young Lawyers Division (2019-2020)
    • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member, Board of Directors of Young Lawyers Division, 2018-2019
    • Fellow, Massachusetts Bar Association Leadership Academy, 2016-2017
    • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member, Diversity Task Force, 2018-2019
    • Boston Bar Association
    • Women's Bar Association
    • New England Muslim Bar Association
  • Publications / Lectures
    • Panelist, Survive and Thrive program of Massachusetts Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (March 2019)
    • Co-Leader, Plenary Session, Representing Clients Workshop on overcoming unconscious biases and better serving clients, Massachusetts Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Symposium, December 2018
    • Panelist, Preventing and Dealing with Harassment and Bullying as a Young Lawyer, Massachusetts Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Symposium, December 2018
  • Awards / Achievements
    • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Excellence in the Law 2019, Up & Coming Lawyer
    • Named by Super Lawyers to 2019 Massachusetts Rising Stars for Employment Litigation
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