With a background in public policy and government service, Varun Aery brings a rare perspective to the litigation and counseling matters in which he is involved. His in-depth knowledge of complex federal rules and regulations and passion for legal and investigatory research drive him to examine the many dimensions of regulatory and other legal challenges to his clients’ interests. Adept at relationship building and committed to client stewardship, he whole-heartedly embraces any opportunity to tailor his expertise to meet the distinct goals of his clients and to make clients feel comfortable, appreciated, and understood. Indeed, Varun remains committed to developing long-lasting partnerships that benefit his clients’ long-term growth plans.

As a member of the firm’s Complex Litigation, Pharmaceutical Products, and Toxic Torts & Products Liability groups, Varun has extensive experience in pre-trial litigation, including conducting legal research, drafting dispositive motions, and developing direct and cross-examinations. His practice also includes preparing and defending domestic and international depositions, including of plaintiffs and their treating physicians, corporate witnesses, and experts in multimillion dollar products liability litigation. Since joining the firm, Varun has actively worked on Daubert challenges and developing strategic defenses to complex litigation themes in both state and federal court.

Having received his J.D. from the University of California Davis Law School and his LL.M from the University of Michigan Law School, Varun is the author of four law review articles. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Political Science.

Varun is proud to be named to the 2023 Lawyers of Color Hot List, which recognizes junior and mid-level attorneys, working in law firms, companies, and government agencies, who show promise in their careers and demonstrate a strong commitment to advancing diversity in the legal profession.

Prior to joining Hollingsworth LLP, Varun was an Appellate Attorney at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Elizabeth C. Wingo, Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Varun was also a 2017 Henry Luce Fellow in Cambodia, where he trained researchers to write law and policy briefs for foreign ambassadors and members of the Cambodian Parliament. It was here that he recognized his penchant for client stewardship and helping clients navigate difficult regulatory and legal challenges to their goals.

When not focusing on the law, Varun can be found working out or reading fiction. His favorite books include: The Lost Daughter by Gill Paul, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and the Marion Lane series by T.A. Willberg.


University of Michigan Law School (LL.M, 2017) University of California Davis Law School (J.D., 2016) University of California, Berkeley (B.A., 2011)


  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • New York


  • 2023 Lawyers of Color Hot List


  • District of Columbia LGBTQ+ Bar Association, Member
  • South Asian Bar Association of Washington, DC, Member

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Lawyers of Color, a nonprofit organization committed to supporting diversity in the legal industry and advancing democracy and equality in marginalized communities, has named firm associate Varun Aery to its 2023 Hot List. Junior and mid-level…