Saraa Basaria

Biography

Saraa Basaria concentrates her litigation practice on employment law, commercial disputes, 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 was honored by the Boston Bar Association with the 2020 President's Award for her work as part of a consortium of lawyers from the public and private sector who collectively donated their time and efforts to represent incarcerated individuals at the height of the COVID pandemic.

She is 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).  Ms. Basaria 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 Treasurer 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 Trustees (2019-2020)
    • South Asian Bar Association of North America Foundation, Member, Board of Trustees (2018-Present)
    • Past President, South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston (2016-2017)
    • South Asian Bar Association of North America, Member of Board of Directors (2016-2017)
    • Massachusetts Bar Association's Young Lawyer Delegate to American Bar Association's House of Delegates (2021-2022)
    • Massachusetts Bar Association, Treasurer, Board of Directors of Young Lawyers Division (2020-2021)
    • 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-Present)
    • Massachusetts Bar Association Leadership Academy, Fellow (2016-2017)
    • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member, Diversity Task Force (2018-Present)
    • Women’s Bar Association, Women’s Leadership Initiative (2019-Present)
    • Women's Bar Association
    • Boston Bar Association
    • New England Muslim Bar Association
  • Publications / Lectures
    • Co-Chair, 3rd Annual Massachusetts Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Symposium, March 2021
    • 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
    • Named to 2021 Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, Personal Injury Litigation: Plaintiffs
    • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Excellence in the Law 2019, Up & Coming Lawyer
    • Named by Super Lawyers to Massachusetts Rising Stars for Employment Litigation, 2019-2020
    • Recipient of Boston Bar Association's 2020 President's Award
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