Pooja Kedia is an experienced attorney who has dedicated her career to advocating for vulnerable individuals and families. Born in India, and raised in Phoenix, AZ, Pooja earned her undergraduate degree in Business Economics from the University of Arizona, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She then went on to work for Fortune 500 companies before obtaining a law degree at Arizona State University.
Pooja's passion for helping others led her to ASU's Immigration Law and Policy Clinic, where she leveraged her advocacy skills to help abused, abandoned, or neglected children obtain legal immigration status in the United States allowing them to be adopted by families who wanted them and were able to take care of them. Pooja graduated law school with the Highest Pro Bono Distinction award for her work with ASU’s immigration clinic.
Before obtaining her license to practice law, she served as a Program Fellow for a local anti-sex-trafficking nonprofit organization. While she made many meaningful contributions as a fellow, she is particularly proud of her role in the creation of a federal and state law enforcement joint task force to detect and combat child sex trafficking within Arizona. Additionally, Pooja was part of a collaboration between the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST), Arizona State University, local and national non-profits, and the business community that guided victim-sensitive training for new law enforcement officers.
Pooja believes everyone deserves diligent, competent, and compassionate legal representation. Pooja is well-regarded for her passionate advocacy for treatment and resources over incarceration for those who are struggling with substance abuse, mental health, and homelessness during her time with the Office of the Public Defender for Maricopa County. Pooja has a strong sense of justice. She fought hard for her clients whether in front of a judge or while negotiating with prosecutors. Pooja refused to let County Attorneys bully her clients into pleading to crimes they did not commit or take a plea deal that failed to consider mitigating circumstances that justify lighter punishment.
Prior to joining Donaldson Stewart, PC, Pooja worked at a fast-paced, high-volume mid-size family law practice where she advocated for her clients in divorce proceedings, child custody and child support litigation, and enforcement proceedings. Her decision to move to a smaller practice lies in her desire to better serve her clients. Pooja believes in understanding her clients, getting to the bottom of their needs and articulating clear goals. Pooja has both courtroom experience and excellent negotiation skills. She has a knack for solving problems and identifying opportunities for win-win solutions. However, when win-win solutions give way to high emotions, unreasonable and unrealistic demands, and opportunism, she will advocate vigorously for her clients in court.
Outside of work, Pooja enjoys spending time with her family and friends, enjoying local restaurants, hiking mountains, and meditating. Her passion for helping others and her commitment to justice make her an asset to any client she represents.
Current Employment Position
- Arizona State University, College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
- University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
- B.S. - 2002
- Major: Business Economics
- Arizona, 2013