Vice President | NY
Ujala Sehgal is a Vice President at Fenton. Prior to joining Fenton, Ujala served as the communications director at several high-profile social justice and civil liberties organizations, including the ACLU New York, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Ujala has led or participated in strategies that successfully advocated for defending affirmative action, reducing solitary confinement, reforming public defense, providing access to education and legal rights for immigrant youth, challenging discrimination against LGBTQ teenagers, redrawing voting districts, supporting labor rights, reforming discriminatory policing, safeguarding free speech on social media, and shining a spotlight on technological advances that infringe on privacy. Ujala has also been responsible for assisting non-profit organizations in navigating external crises, including leading the ACLU New York’s public response to President Trump’s executive order banning U.S. entry for people from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
An attorney, Ujala previously worked as an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. As a former journalist, Ujala was a staff writer for The Atlantic’s news website, reported on the media industry for Mediabistro and Business Insider, and edited the online cultural magazine The Millions.
After growing up in five different countries, Ujala is proud to now call New York City home, although she enjoys escaping to the Catskills on weekends. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and her undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University.