Neelu K. Khanuja, Esq.
Neelu K. Khanuja, Esq. is the Managing Partner of Khanuja Law, a California Workers’ Compensation Law Firm that Puts People First. Ms. Khanuja graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Economics, receiving Dean’s List recognition.
Thereafter, she obtained her Juris Doctor from a tier 1 law school in Arizona, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. During law school, Ms. Khanuja worked as a law clerk to a Superior Court Judge in family court and criminal court.
Ms. Khanuja is admitted to practice law before the State Bar of California and the United States District Court, Central District of California.
Ms. Khanuja serves on the Board of Governors and the Foundation Board for the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.
She is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association and a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
RECOGNITIONS IN THE LEGAL COMMUNITY
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, selected Neelu K. Khanuja, Esq. as a Rising Star from 2022-2023 in the industry.
Through a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area, Super Lawyers selects 2.5% of lawyers, who have attained notable peer recognition & professional achievement, to the Rising Stars list. With it, Khanuja Law becomes a top Los Angeles law firm.
Expertise.com rates Neelu K. Khanuja, Esq. as one of the twenty (20) best workers’ compensation attorneys in Alhambra for 2023 and as one of the fifteen (15) best workers’ compensation attorneys in South Gate for 2022 based on an “A” grade reputation.
Avvo recognizes Neelu K. Khanuja, Esq. as one of the top-rated lawyers in the industry with an Avvo Rating of 10.0 out of 10.0 and honors her with the “Clients’ Choice Award” for 2022.
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Pasadena Magazine has named Neelu K. Khanuja, Esq. as one of the Top Attorneys in Workers’ Compensation for 2023.
She zealously advocates for injured workers and/or aggressively defends employers, insurance carriers, and third-party administrators in all areas of California state Workers’ Compensation Law.
Ms. Khanuja previously worked at the largest California workers’ compensation defense firm in the state and a local Applicant’s attorney firm. For the injured worker, Ms. Khanuja has successfully secured six-digit settlements.
On behalf of the defendants, she has won “take nothing” Awards at Trial and reached settlements for 0% permanent disability via Stipulated Award.
Additionally, Ms. Khanuja has vast experience in resolving liens of record, resulting in a withdrawal of the outstanding balance of the lien.
In Labor and Employment Law, Ms. Khanuja is a dedicated advocate for aggrieved employees with workplace violations under state and federal wage and hour laws and discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation claims under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. Ms. Khanuja has prior experience working at a plaintiff’s firm specializing in Labor and Employment Law.
“Board Member News: Super Lawyers 2022 Southern California Rising Star” feature in the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Newsletter (July 2022).
“2022 Super Lawyers Rising Stars” feature in the Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine – Rising Stars Edition (June 2022).
“Protecting Women on the Frontlines of COVID-19” published in the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Newsletter (March 2021).
“Navigating Workers’ Comp Claims When Employees Work From Home” published in the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Newsletter (November 2020) & the Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal (October 2020).
“The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Temporary Disability” published in the Executives in Workers’ Compensation Newsletter (September 2020).
“Limiting the Scope of Hikida,” published in the Executives in Workers’ Compensation Newsletter (August 2020).
“Subrogation” training/presentation for a large, global third-party administrator (November 2019).
“Non-IBR Med-Legal Disputes” continuing legal education (“CLE”) accredited course for private defense firm (June 2019).
“Understanding and Defending Liens” continuing legal education (“CLE”) accredited course for private defense firm (March 2018).
Outside of the office, Ms. Khanuja is a Co-Founder of and currently serves as a Board Member to a non-profit organization, 5 Rivers Foundation. As a Board Member, she is involved in awarding college scholarships and providing financial support for SAT/ACT preparation courses to students who are motivated to pursue higher education.
To date, 5 Rivers Foundation has awarded over 100 scholarships and provided SAT/ACT preparation courses to over 173 students nationwide.
State Bar of California, 2015.
United States District Court,
Central District of California, 2016.
Sandra Day O’ Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Juris Doctor, 2014.
University of Southern California, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Economics, 2010. Dean’s List
Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles