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Phoenix Legal

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Mrinal Ojha

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Phoenix Legal


Mrinal, a partner based in the firm's Delhi office, focusses on the firm's dispute resolution practice. Mrinal has advised and represented Indian and overseas clients in a wide variety of contentious matters across various sectors including FMCG, infrastructure, energy, automotive, pharmaceutical, insurance and reinsurance, sports management and broadcasting.  Mrinal has handled high-value and complex matters relating to jurisdictions including Switzerland, United Kingdom, Greece, South Africa, Syria, Zambia, Singapore, UAE, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Mrinal has spoken on various legal issues at events organised by the Global Arbitration Review (GAR Live, Singapore); Corporate Counsel Forum (Singapore); Society of Women Lawyers (India); OP Jindal Global University with the Zicklin Centre for Research on Business Ethics at the Wharton School; Bombay Chambers of Commerce and Industry; the Indian Merchant Chambers; and the National Insurance Academy, India.


Awards and Citations

  • Mrinal Ojha is praised for his excellent work and is a strong presence in court." - Insurance Reinsurance 2016: Analysis
  • Mrinal has previously been recognised by The Legal 500: Asia Pacific as an “exemplary and focused” lawyer and cited in the 2015 and 2016 edition of the Who's Who Legal, and the 2016 edition of Global Law Experts.
  • He has recently been ranked by IFLR1000 as notable practitioner in India jurisdiction.
  • Who’s Who Legal 2018 says: Mrinal Ojha is a "great litigator" in the field who is "well versed with insurance principles", according to commentators.
  • Who's Who Legal quotes him as 'a top-tier litigator, known for his adept handling of complex and high-value disputes.'

 Where trained:
Tuli & Co: Associate (2004-2006)
Trilegal: Sr.Associate (2006-2009)
Tuli & Co: Partner (2010-2012)
Khaitan & Sud Partners: Partner (2012-2015)   
Year qualified: 2002
Year made partner in present firm: January 2015

Publications of note:

Mrinal has contributed to a book, "Enforcing Arbitral Awards in India" published by Lexis Nexis. 


English, Hindi


Member of the Bar Council of Delhi (2002)


Mayo College- (1989-1996)
B.A. (Economics), University of Pune (1996-1999)
Dulwich College- 1995
LL.B., Campus Law Centre Delhi University- (1999-2002)
Diploma in Cyber Laws, the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi




Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Phoenix Legal reports an increase in aviation and bankruptcy and insolvency disputes; in one example, the team is representing the Federation of Indian Airlines in a public interest litigation concerning aviation regulations. Key names in the team include Jyoti Singh, who handles shareholder disputes, insolvency and bankruptcy, and debt recovery matters; Mrinal Ojha, whose areas of expertise include construction and engineering matters; and Trinath Tadakamalla, who is noted for representing clients from the engineering, energy, and insurance sectors.

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Within: Insurance

Phoenix Legal's insurance and reinsurance sector practice is primarily acknowledged for its strength in handling insurance disputes. Saket ShuklaTrinath Tadakamalla and Mrinal Ojha jointly lead the team which counts Bajaj Allianz General Insurance, Bharti Axa General Insurance and New India Assurance among its clients.

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