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Somil Trivedi

Former Senior Staff Attorney

ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project


Somil Trivedi was a Senior Staff Attorney in the Criminal Law Reform Project, working closely with the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice. Trivedi focused on prosecutorial and criminal law reform litigation, policy, and advocacy. His work integrated novel lawsuits and amicus briefs with legislative, advocacy, and voter education efforts to change incentives for law enforcement and reduce mass incarceration and racial disparities in the criminal justice system. He spoke and wrote nationwide on criminal law and prosecutorial reform issues, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, LA Times, and The Marshall Project, among other outlets.

Trivedi was previously a trial attorney at the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section and the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. Before that, he worked in white collar criminal and regulatory defense, representing clients in investigations before DOJ, state attorneys general, district attorneys, and the U.S. Congress. He also maintained a robust pro bono practice that included civil rights lawsuits and Supreme Court and appellate briefs with the ACLU, Innocence Project, and Center for Constitutional Rights, among others. He currently serves on the Board of the Innocence Project of Texas, and has previously chaired advisory committees to the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Brooklyn Family Defense Practice.

Trivedi holds a BA from Georgetown University and a JD from Boston University School of Law.