Puneet Cheema

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Puneet Cheema is a Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV.

Prior to joining Lambda, Puneet served as a Trial Attorney in the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division in the Department of Justice (DOJ) for five years.  Puneet has extensive litigation experience and has worked on a number of LGBT and women’s rights issues as part of her work.  She played a leading role in the DOJ’s investigation of the Baltimore Police Department and negotiation of a Consent Decree with the City of Baltimore and Baltimore Police Department. She was also part of the team that litigated the DOJ’s case against Sheriff Joseph Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. 

Puneet joined the DOJ through the Attorney General’s Honors Program and was with the Department for nine years. Puneet received several commendations and awards at the DOJ, including the Distinguished Service Award in 2016, and Special Commendation Awards in 2016 and 2018. She holds a J.D. from The George Washington University School of Law and a B.A. in Philosophy from the Ohio State University.