University Legal Services

Sanat Ranganathan

Sanat RanganathanAssociate General Counsel

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Law and Contracts
  • Intellectual Property
  • Software, E-commerce and Information Technology
  • Pre-litigation and Dispute Resolution

Professional Background

Sanat joined the NIU Office of General Counsel with several years of combined experience at law firms, corporations (including Fortune 500 companies) and the public sector.  He has advised on a variety of transactions, engaged in contracts drafting, negotiations, dispute resolution, implemented good practices, conducted training for business groups, and ensured that his clients are apprised of legal risks and mitigation factors, so an informed business decision can be made.  His focus has always been on “preventative law,” to minimize the risks of future issues and litigation. Sanat has a broad range of expertise and has advised in a variety of areas including: Corporate Law; Commercial law; Contracts; Software, I.T. and E-Commerce; Intellectual Property; Outsourcing & Offshore engagements; Procurement & Supply Chain; Regulatory Compliance; and International Law.


  • L.L.B., (Hons) University of Warwick (United Kingdom)
  • L.L.M., European Union Law, Leiden University (the Netherlands)
  • L.L.M., Duke University, School of Law, Durham, NC

Bar Memberships and Associations

  • State Bar of Illinois
  • State Bar of New York
  • State Bar of Missouri (inactive)
  • Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago (CABA)
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)