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Janakan founded Bellwether with the goal of providing clients with the expertise, resourcefulness, and experience typically associated with large law firms, but through a flexible model allowing for personal attention, client-specific strategies, and affordability, to maximize the value returned from clients'  investment in legal counsel and consultancy.

The decision to launch Bellwether Law turned on what the Firm was situated to deliver: insight and skills from fortunate opportunities over the previous decade of high level experiences in the different areas of the law.

Janakan Thiagarajah


Founder &

Managing Attorney

Janakan started his career as an attorney with Kirkland and Ellis LLP, an international law firm, in its Washington, DC office. While at Kirkland, Janakan represented a variety of companies across industries, including: Honeywell International, General Motors Company, The Hershey Company, Abbott Laboratories, The Raytheon Company, Volkswagen, BASF, Wyndham Hotels, Lightsquared, and Harbinger Capital.   


District of Columbia Bar

U.S. District Court for D.C.

State Bar of Virginia

State Bar of New York
State Bar of Massachusetts

State Bar of Illinois


Northwestern University School of Law 

   Senior Articles Editor,

   Northwestern Law Review 

University At Buffalo

   M.A. Biochemistry 


Washington & Lee University

   B.A. English & Chemistry 


Bar Association of the

District of Columbia             

Virginia Bar Association  

New York State Bar Association 

American Bar Association

Before pursuing law, Janakan had spent several years as a researcher in biochemistry, pursuing his Master’s degree—and while the shift to law was not strategic to capitalize on those years of science, analyzing legal and business issues through a scientific approach has proven effective across the different areas of research, due diligence, and analysis. 

In later years, Janakan returned to the traditional and typical paths of a science background—as represented by Bellwether's current practice areas in technology, intellectual property, and life sciences laws.  And as it worked out, the start in complex commercial and regulatory litigation was fortuitous: it was the perfect landing spot for really testing and developing versatility in research; and it proved the ideal launching pad for a much broader practice experience.  

From grappling with arcane legal issues like crafting arguments to analogize FCC regulations to English Common Law riparian rights; to hard sciences like ballistic vest R&D or nanotechnology for litigation expert reports; to social sciences going to fact arguments, analyzing commodities futures strategies or developing counter surveys and polling in validating false advertising defenses.  These insights and a knack for research and analysis ultimately opened the doors to what has been a gratifyingly diverse experience across practice areas. 


And it's this experience that forged the path for Bellwether Law.  

Janakan earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English Literature and Chemistry as an undergraduate at  Washington & Lee University. After earning a Masters of Arts degree in Biochemistry from SUNY-Buffalo, Janakan spent several years as an academic researcher in Opthalmology prior to entering the legal field. The start to his legal career came as a paralegal with Kirkland & Ellis, and Janakan started his career as an attorney after earning his Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University.

Janakan currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, daughter, and trusty Shiba Inu Hobbes.

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