She was born in Punjab and immigrated to the United States as
a small child with her parents. She graduated from the North Carolina
School. Harmeet received her B.A. from Dartmouth and her JD from
U.Va. She served as law clerk to the Hon. Paul V. Niemeyer (4th
Circuit) before joining Shearman & Sterling in New York and
She is a founder and partner of the law firm Dhillon & Smith
LLP, where she represents businesses, entrepreneurs and executives
across many industries.
She was the Editor-in-Chief of The Dartmouth Review and was featured
by 60 Minutes, The New York Times, The New Republic, The Wall Street
Journal, and other national publications. After graduating from
Dartmouth, Harmeet became the Assistant Editor of the Heritage Foundation’s
Policy Review magazine in Washington, D.C., and was published on
the op/ed pages of The Wall Street Journal, The Wall Street Journal
Asian Edition, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times.
At the University of Virginia Law School, Harmeet served on the
Editorial Board of The Virginia Law Review, and was President of
the nation’s largest chapter of the Federalist Society. She
then served as a law clerk for one year for the Honorable Paul V.
Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
in Baltimore, Maryland.
Harmeet was awarded the prestigious “Best Lawyers Under 40”
honor by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She
has also been awarded the Minority Bar Council of Northern California’s
Outstanding Community Service award for her civil rights leadership
in the nationally-publicized aftermath of 9/11’s backlash
Dhillon is a formidable candidate in the light of her background.
She is a member of the San Francisco Republican Central Committee,
and a delegate of the California Republican Party, appointed by
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Her political involvement began
during the 1988 presi- dential election, when she was chair of Dartmouth
Students for Jack Kemp.
She has won numerous awards and recognition for her pro bono legal work on behalf of domestic violence survivors, religious discrimination plaintiffs, and political refugees