Avantika served as a law clerk for Judge Daniel R. Foley of Hawaii's Intermediate Court of Appeals, where she authored a frequently cited published case (State v. Arakawa, 101 Hawaii 26, 61 P.3d 537 (Haw. Ct. App. 2002). Avantika defended adult & child asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border and Latino immigrants in San Francisco's immigrant defense network. She has represented survivors of crime involved as witnesses in criminal investigations. She represented the labor trafficking survivor in a landmark Ninth Circuit case (U.S. v. Dann, 652 F.3d 1160 (9th Cir. 2011)). She has trained the U.S. Department of Justice on human trafficking. She volunteers presenting free legal workshops to pro se litigants in Sacramento. Avantika enjoys educating and mentoring.
Prior to law school, Avantika studied environmental and gender policy in the U.S., India, & Nepal.