Siddartha Rao - Romano Law

Siddartha Rao

Litigation Partner

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New York (2009)

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (2009)

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (2011)

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (2011)

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York (2015)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2012)

Law School

University of Texas School of Law, J.D. (2008)

Texas Law Review, Associate Editor

Order of the Barristers


Middlebury College B.A., (2004)

Siddartha ("Sid") Rao is a commercial litigation and technology attorney with over a decade of experience handling complex commercial matters for clients ranging from small businesses and individuals to large corporations.  He has litigated in federal and state trial and appeal courts in many jurisdictions, including New York, Washington D.C., Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and others, as well in arbitral forums.  Sid also advises clients on issues involving intellectual property protection and licensing and data privacy.

Sid's practice is broad and includes matters relating to debt structuring and recovery, bankruptcy and insolvency, insurance litigation, commercial fraud, breach of contract, intellectual property (copyright, trademark, trade secrets, and unfair competition), non-disclosure and non-competition, business defamation and libel, fiduciary duty claims, and civil fraud (including state law claims and federal claims such as under the civil RICO statute).

Sid also provides legal advice and counsel to clients in the software, mobile applications, and entertainment industries.

Prior to joining Romano Law, Sid worked as a litigation and compliance associate at a banking law firm, and as an in house counsel at a publicly-traded software company before founding and managing a boutique practice for six years.  He has been selected to Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.  Only 2.5% of attorneys in the New York metropolitan area receive this distinction. 

Sid is currently a member of the New York City Bar Association and serves as a board member of the New York Asian Film Foundation.  He was a member and secretary of the City’s Bar’s Information Technology & Cyber Law Committee and the Sedona Conference Working Group 1.

Outside of the law, Sid enjoys music and singing.  He has performed with the Ad Hoc Early Music Choir and is an active member of theSoundshop, a New York City organization promoting music and arts education. 

Blog Entries

  • Are You Protected from Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Lawsuits?

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  • Are Verbal Agreements Binding in New York? Understanding New York’s Statute of Frauds

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  • Understanding Hostile Work Environment Claims

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  • How the New SEC Expansion of “Accredited Investors” and “Qualified Institutional Buyers” Affects You

    On August 26, 2020, The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) revised Rule 501(a), Rule 215, and Rule 144A of the Securities Act to broaden the definition of “accredited investor” and “qualified institutional buyer.”  These amendments come into effect October 27, 2020. Historically, the SEC has heavily regulated the sale or offering of unregistered securities.  It

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