Senior Counsel

Sameer P. Ponkshe



5 Waller Avenue
Suite 200
White Plains, NY 10601
P (914) 353-3850
F (914) 353-3851

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Sameer Ponkshe is senior counsel in WSHB’s White Plains office, where he focuses his practice on cybersecurity and data privacy matters, including breach response cases, state/federal enforcement of data privacy statutes, and review of information transfer agreements as a member of the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Team. Sameer also handles employment, professional liability, and commercial and business litigation. After briefly working at a land use and real estate firm representing developers, Sameer transitioned to defense litigation and honed his commercial litigation and New York Labor Law litigation skills. Sameer also brings experience from working for a major insurance carrier, where he handled complex coverage matters involving environmental remediation claims, nuclear incident liability, and pharmaceutical liability. This unique exposure provides a strong foundation for understanding a wide variety of subject matters and for developing techniques for navigating complex cases to resolution through early settlement discussions, alternative dispute resolutions or trial.

Sameer graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Economics. He obtained his law degree from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, with a certificate in Environmental Law.


Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University (J.D., 2015)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.A., 2012)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.S., 2011)

Licensed to Practice in:

New York
New Jersey
Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York
2nd Circuit Court of Appeals


Co-Author, “Data Privacy Comes Into Focus,” CLM Magazine, September 13, 2021.

Co-Author, First Cybersecurity Enforcement Action Filed by the New York State Department of Financial Services, WSHB Client Alert (August 3, 2020).

Municipal Wildfire Management in California: A Local Response to Global Climate Change, Vol. 32, Pace Environmental Law Review (Spring 2015).

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