Shivani Honwad, Esq. is a passionate advocate for human rights and dedicates part of her practice to these efforts. She founded The Law Firm of Shivani Honwad, LLC in 2014 after working in the public and private sectors and clerking for the Chief Judge of the Family Court of Delaware upon graduating from law school. She is admitted to practice law in both New York and California and focuses primarily on business and immigration law for creative individuals and companies primarily in the fashion, entertainment and tech industries.
She has worked with models, actors, artists, DJ's, painters, musicians, architects, designers, creative directors, photographers, filmmakers, and producers among others and negotiated contracts for her creative clients working with Nike, Amazon, Disney, Netflix, HBO, AppleTV+ and many more. She successfully lobbied to amend Delaware’s state laws to provide better protections to juvenile victims of prostitution and is actively advocating for improved transparency in the modeling industry. Her work has been highlighted by the Spotlight Team in The Boston Globe and she has been featured in Business Insider, Brit + Co, VoyageLA and The American Fashion Podcast among many others.
In addition to her law firm and legal advocacy work, she has consulted on the legal process for a TV show script for ABC. Shivani has guest lectured at UCLA, NYU and spoken at numerous events and panels around the world. She is currently a part-time professor at NYU's Los Angeles campus.
She has served on the Young Executive Board of the Nomi Network, the Young Professionals Board of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) and is a current member of the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition. She has also been a member of the South Asian Bar Association of New York, serving as the Vice President of Public Interest in 2015 and was recognized as the 2017 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year; the American Bar Association, including being appointed by the ABA President as the Young Lawyer’s Delegate to the ABA Human Trafficking Task Force in 2013, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
As a graduate of New York University's Stern School of Business and founder of a few companies and ventures, Shivani understands what it takes for entrepreneurs and companies to be successful and thus blends her passion and expertise to help people achieve their dreams.