Rohit A. Sabnis

Partner

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rsabnis@burnhambrown.com

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Education

  • University of Minnesota (J.D., 2001)
  • University of California at San Diego (B.S. in Biochemistry)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Minnesota

Rohit A. Sabnis

Rohit Sabnis is a partner in Burnham Brown’s Oakland office where he focuses his legal practice on civil litigation.  Mr. Sabnis has extensive experience in environmental and toxic torts defense, products liability defense, catastrophic personal injury and commercial disputes.   He has successfully handled complex matters involving single and multiple plaintiffs, coordinated proceedings and class actions.  Mr. Sabnis has served as lead trial counsel for a wide variety of clients from small privately held companies to national corporations and government agencies. 

Prior to joining Burnham Brown, Mr. Sabnis was an Assistant Hennepin County Attorney (Minneapolis).   He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry & Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego and his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. 

Representative Matters

A few examples of Mr. Sabnis' representations include:

Environmental/Toxic Tort

  • Defended owner of community water system against common law and statutory nuisance claims based on an alleged failure to supply groundwater in compliance with California’s Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • Defense of product suppliers in Proposition 65 enforcement actions involving lighting fixtures, vinyl gloves and cosmetic bags claiming failure to warn of alleged exposure to phthalates. 
  • Defense of trade organization in talc and ovarian cancer litigation asserting claims of civil conspiracy.
  • Defense of numerous product manufacturers, distributors and retailers in personal injury claims involving occupational and environmental exposure to asbestos, benzene, carbon monoxide, diacetyl, formaldehyde, industrial solvents and pesticides.

Products Liability

  • Defended international supplier of plastic polymer in multiple coordinated lawsuits alleging property damage and violation of California Consumer Legal Remedies Act. 
  • Defense of national specialty refrigerator manufacturer against claims of personal injury, property damage and breach of warranty.

Other Litigation Matters

  • Defense of national transportation and retail industry clients in high exposure personal injury claims alleging traumatic brain injury.
  • Defense of federal agency as receiver for failed banking institutions in real estate litigation matters and involving the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act.
  • Defense of wage and hour class action claiming that regional restaurant franchise failed to adequately reimburse delivery drivers for mileage expenses.
  • Defended developer of insurance industry product in claim of trade secret misappropriation.
  • Defended member of LLC in $10 million breach of contract action brought by foreign manufacturer.
  • Defended manufacturer of infant care products in breach of contract action alleging lost profits in excess of $30 million. 

 

 

Selected Publications

  • Author, “Warning: Regulations Likely On The Horizon – Adoption of proposed amendments to Prop. 65”, Oakland Business Review, Vol. XLI No. 10 (October 2015).
  • Moderator, "The Diverse Attorney Playbook for Success in the Sports Industry,” ACC Diversity & Inclusion Committee's 6th Annual Summer Cool Down Mixer (August 2015).
  • Co-Author, “A Look at Diversity in the Workplace”, Oakland Business Review, Vol. XXXIX No. 9 (September 2013).
  • Author, Trade Secrets and Non-Competes:  A Compendium of State Law (California Chapter on Trade Secrets), Defense Research Institute (2012).
  • Co-Author, Products Liability – Case Law Update 2010 (Ninth Circuit Chapter), Defense Research Institute (2010).
  • Co-Author, Trade Secrets and Agreements Not to Compete: A State by State Compendium (California Chapter), Defense Research Institute (2008).
  • Co-Author, “Good Diagnosis Gone Bad? Medical Causation and Differential Diagnosis”, ABA Newsletter, TortSource: A Publication of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Vol. 8, No. 4 (Summer 2006).
  • Author, “Product Configuration Trade Dress and Abercrombie: Analysis of Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. v. Sangiacomo N.A. Ltd.”, 1 Minn. Intell. Prop. Rev. 183, 193 (2000).
  • Co-Author, “HMG I/Y regulates long-range enhancer-dependent transcription on DNA and chromatin by changes in DNA topology”, Nucleic Acids Research, Vol. 28, No. 13 2541-2550 (2000).

Professional Associations

  • Member of State Bar of California, the State Bar of Minnesota, and the Alameda County Bar Association