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Narendra K. Ghosh

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Attorney Narendra K. Ghosh is a Partner at Patterson Harkavy LLP. With more than 15 years of legal experience, he focuses his practice on civil rights, employment law, labor law, workers’ compensation, and appellate advocacy. Narendra has litigated many high-profile, notable cases involving ordinary citizens and workers fighting for their rights through the courts.

Narendra is active with the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, particularly with the Employment Law section and Legal Affairs Committee. He has served as the Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Labor and Employment Section. He has been a member of the AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance for many years and currently serves on the organization's Board. Narendra recently completed six years of service on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Justice Center, including two years as Co-Chair of the Board.

Narendra graduated from Harvard University, summa cum laude, in 1998, and from the New York University School of Law, magna cum laude, in 2005. In law school, he served on the NYU Review of Law and Social Change as a Staff Member and a Managing Editor. After graduation, he was a law clerk to the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Before attending law school, Narendra was a computer programmer for several companies in Silicon Valley.

Narendra enjoys living in Durham with his wife and two young children.

Read about Narendra’s recent activities on our blog.

Bar Admissions
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
Professional Experience
  • Patterson Harkavy LLP, 2007 – present
  • A. Wallace Tashima, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Law Clerk, 2005 – 2006
  • Emmet G. Sullivan, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Law Clerk, 2006 – 2007
  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York, J.D. 2005
    • Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif
    • Law Review: NYU School of Law – Review of Law and Social Change, 2003 – 2005
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, B.A. 1998
    • Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance
    • Board of Directors, 2018-present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Employment Law Section
    • Executive Committee, 2011-present
    • Chair, 2021-22
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
    • Chair, 2014-15
    • Section Council, 2011-2014
  • Durham County Bar Association, Member
Public Service
  • North Carolina Justice Center
    • Board of Directors, 2015-20
    • Co-Chair of the Board, 2016-17
Notable Cases
  • Elon University & SEIU Workers United Southern Region, 370 NLRB No. 91 (NLRB 2021) (finding adjunct faculty members at university are not managerial employees).
  • Betton v. Belue, 942 F.3d 184 (4th Cir. 2019) (rejecting qualified immunity defense in police shooting case).
  • Harper v. Lewis, 19-CVS-12667 (Wake Cty. 2019) (successful challenge to 2016 North Carolina Congressional districts).
  • City of Hickory v. Grimes, 259 N.C. App. 937, 814 S.E.2d 625 (2018) (increasing insurance liability in wrongful conviction case).
  • Edwards v. Board of Elections, 18-CVS-9749 (Wake Cty. 2018) (successful challenge to ballot restriction law).
  • Wilkes v. City of Greenville, 369 N.C. 73, 799 S.E.2d 838 (2017) (establishing pro-worker presumption in certain workers’ compensation cases).
  • Randleman v. Sheriff Johnson, 162 F. Supp. 3d 482 (M.D.N.C. 2016) (defeating dismissal of First Amendment retaliation claim).
  • NCAE v. State of North Carolina, 368 N.C. 777, 786 S.E.2d 255 (2016) (unanimous decision declaring repeal of teacher tenure unconstitutional).
  • Hart v. State of North Carolina, 368 N.C. 122, 774 S.E.2d 281 (2015) (4-3 decision finding private school voucher program constitutional).
  • Simmons v. United Mortg. & Loan Inv., LLC, 634 F.3d 754, 757 (4th Cir. 2011) (rejecting mootness defense in FLSA class action case).