Harsh Arora is a Partner and Business Unit Leader at Kelley Kronenberg where he concentrates his practice on business litigation and complex domestic and international corporate transaction matters. He has experience in various industries both in domestic and international markets with a focus on healthcare, hospitality, leisure, real estate, retail, technology, and finance sectors. Harsh has the unique ability to approach issues as a talented boardroom advocate and a seasoned business litigation attorney. He represents clients in business litigation matters in federal and state courts. He assists clients in the resolution of their business disputes through mediations and arbitrations. As a certified county mediator in Florida, Harsh has had previous experience mediating business disputes as a neutral and he now focuses his practice as an advocate for his clients in mediations. Harsh is respected among his peers for his zealous representation of his clients’ position in a way that helps people come together and make a deal. Harsh is also accustomed to handling cases of exceptional complexity, such as parallel civil and administrative proceedings, and multidistrict litigation. Additionally, he has represented and counseled clients in cases involving contract disputes, commercial torts, labor disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, commercial leasing matters, construction liens, non-competition agreements, intellectual property litigation, tax controversies, administrative investigations, regulatory due diligence, and compliance, false advertising, unfair competition, defamation, right of publicity, fraud, trade secret misappropriation, negative media coverage, and other high-stakes business matters.
Building on his broad-based dispute resolution experience, Harsh serves as general counsel for businesses with a prominent national or international presence. His robust general counsel practice focuses on preventative counseling and solid business structuring. Harsh and his team are uniquely qualified to perform complicated business transactions as well as industry-focused due diligence and regulatory aspects of proposed deals. For these and other clients, his goal is focused and simple – to protect and strengthen their businesses. At the same time, clients rely on Harsh for strategic advice and counsel with any legal need to protect their businesses. As a trusted advisor, he has helped clients proactively avoid, overcome, and achieve success in a variety of challenges. This unique combination of first-rate business litigation experience and top-tier business transactions experience provides businesses and executives a distinct advantage by maintaining Harsh’s team for dispute resolution and restructuring, as opposed to bifurcating these two critical legal components between different attorneys or firms. In his approach to cases, Harsh takes pride in being a problem solver by identifying the clients’ specific goals and then incorporating those goals into the objectives of the litigation or alternate dispute resolution proceedings or business transactions. Harsh and his team are particularly adept at establishing and executing upon effective and customized strategies to resolve legal problems faced by businesses and executives so that they are able to continue their operations and mitigate risks.
In his prior positions as a corporate transactions attorney, Harsh has extensive experience advising privately-held businesses on mergers, acquisitions, conversions, and domestications. In addition to corporate restructuring, Harsh has handled a wide range of business closings, negotiations, corporate governance, and complex business tax matters in connection with audits by the Internal Revenue Service, Florida Department of Revenue, and New York Department of Taxation and Finance. He has assisted clients in several cross-border business transactions, federal chartering of credit unions, and related finance matters. He has also handled domestic trademark applications, office actions, and appeals before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and international trademark applications before the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Harsh has an international background and diverse work experience in business industries in Asia, Europe, and the United States of America. Born in India, he later attended International Management Institute, Switzerland majoring in Hotel Operational Management and graduated with first-class honors. He then attended Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida majoring in Hospitality Management and graduated as class valedictorian receiving an honor medallion and magna cum laude honors. Harsh received his Juris Doctorate from the Florida A&M University College of Law, where he was selected as a law student ambassador and research assistant for the dean. He also attended the Boston University School of Law and holds a Masters in Law in Taxation and has been published in prestigious publications such as the Tax Notes and the Tax Notes International on topics relating to the value-added tax and new tax proposals in the United States, Australia and in Europe.
Harsh is a sought-after author and speaker on issues relating to domestic business litigation, cross-border business transactions, and tax controversies. He remains active in legal and community organizations. He is the past president of the South Asian Bar Association of Florida and currently serves on the board of directors. Harsh was also a member of the board and past vice president of The India US Chamber of Commerce of South Florida. He is a member of the Business, Health, and International Law Sections of The Florida Bar, American Bar Association, and the Broward County Bar Association.