Lawyers

Chicago
One North Franklin
Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606


Education

J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 2009

  • CALI Award, Litigation Lab

B.A., Anthropology / Spanish, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2005

Honors

Recognized as Outstanding Young Alumna by DePaul University College of Law Alumni Association (2020)

Recognized in Crain’s 2019 Notable Minorities in Accounting, Consulting, and Law

Recognized as Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers (2016-2020)

Recognized as a "Rising Star" by Illinois Super Lawyers (2014-2020)

Recognized as Advocate for Diversity by Diversity Scholarship Foundation (2017)

Lawyers of Color's Inaugural Hot List Issue 2013

Spanish
Marathi

As a lawyer by day and travel blogger by night, Avanti Bakane has global perspective that allows for understanding of diverse viewpoints and the value of her clients’ time. Publicly traded and smaller companies alike retain Ms. Bakane in areas such as complex class action, antitrust, breach of contract, and general commercial litigation with a focus upon consumer class action defense.

As a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and co-chair of the firm’s Privacy, Data & Cybersecurity group, Ms. Bakane's practice consists of representing businesses and creative professionals in software and e-commerce development, data privacy, data loss, licensing, and copyright infringement disputes. Additionally, Ms. Bakane has experience representing clients in the cannabis space. With experience in federal and state courts across the country, she is a key asset in pre-suit negotiations, litigation, and compliance. She understands the importance of responsiveness, efficiency, and effective results to her clients.

Serving as co-chair of the firm’s South Asian Affinity Group and member of its Diversity Committee, Ms. Bakane also dedicates her time outside of the office to the community. She serves as VP of Communications for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and a member of Leading India's Future Today's (LIFT) Board of Governors. Ms. Bakane is a past President of the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago, past Honorary Board Member for the Asian American Bar Association of Chicago (AABA), and volunteers with several non-profit organizations to provide opportunities for underprivileged youth, end gender violence, and find homes for rescue dogs.

Prior to joining Gordon & Rees, Ms. Bakane was with a major law firm in Chicago.  During law school, Ms. Bakane served as an extern for two semesters to the Honorable Irwin J. Solganick, Law Division, Circuit Court of Cook County. She also worked as a research assistant to DePaul Professors Steven H. Resnicoff and Song Richardson. Ms. Bakane was a member of DePaul’s International Moot Court team for two years.

Ms. Bakane is proficient in Spanish and Marathi and was a consulting academic tutor for the University of Veritas in San Jose, Costa Rica, where she tutored, translated and taught Spanish for International University students learning the language.

Admissions

California
Illinois
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
 

Memberships

International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC): Member
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association 
     •    VP of Communications (2018-present)
     •    Central Regional Governor (2016–2018)
Asian American Bar Association of Chicago
     •    Honorary Board Member (2016-2017)
South Asian Bar Association of Chicago (formerly the Indian-American Bar Association of Chicago), Member
     •    President (2015)
     •    President-Elect (2014)
 

Community Involvement

Apna Ghar, Annual Taste for Life event, Host Committee (2014-2019), Volunteer
Leading India's Future Today (LIFT Foundation)
     •    Board of Directors, Member (2018-2019)
     •    Associate Board of Directors, President (2017-2018)
Cause for Paws, Volunteer (2008-present)