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Monica H. Khetarpal


P 312-803-2529 F 312-787-4995


Monica H. Khetarpal


Monica H. Khetarpal is a Principal in the Chicago, Illinois, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her litigation experience includes cases involving claims for discrimination, harassment, wage and hour violations, FMLA violations, disability discrimination and requests for accommodation in both single plaintiff and class action matters. She regularly handles matters at all levels, from administrative agencies to appeals in both state and federal courts.

Monica focuses a significant portion of her practice on representing higher education clients and serves as co-lead of Jackson Lewis' Higher Education Industry Group. She has experience defending denial of tenure cases, providing advice and counsel regarding high profile faculty and student matters, revising strategic policies and procedures, and conducting internal investigations. She has expertise in managing the student, faculty and media issues unique to the higher education setting.

Monica is the Co-Leader of the firm's Higher Education Industry Group. The group focuses on solving workplace law and other civil rights challenges facing higher education institutions. It represents both public and private universities in a range of matters including tenure cases, Title IX claims, strategic investigations, student claims, constitutional and state statutory issues and traditional labor matters.       

Monica also serves as the Chicago office’s e-discovery liaison. She has specific training and experience regarding the preservation, collection, review and production of electronically stored information. She counsels the firm’s attorneys in navigating the constantly-evolving standards imposed by courts regarding a wide variety of e-discovery related issues.

Monica also devotes a significant amount of time to encouraging diversity within the legal profession. She is a Co-Chair of Jackson Lewis’ Asian American Resource Group. She has also served on the Board of the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago and the Diversity Scholarship Foundation’s Unity Dinner planning committee in 2014 and 2015. Monica also frequently speaks on topics related to women in the law and successful work-life balance.

Monica has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2010.

Honors and Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America, "Employment Law - Management" (2021)
  • Chicago Lawyer and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, “40 Under Forty” (2019)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars" (2010 - 2019)

Published Works

  • “Survey of Illinois Law: Employment Law,” Southern Illinois University Law Journal (Summer 2006) [Co-Author]
  • “Jurors’ Perceptions of Gender-Based Linguistic Differences,” William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law (Fall 2003) [Author]