Vilas S. Dhar

Vilas S. Dhar

Of Counsel
Charlestown, Massachusetts

Vilas Dhar is a co-founder and partner at Dhar Law, LLP. Vilas represents clients in a wide variety of corporate transactions, including representing buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions involving both public and private companies, as well as investors and issuers in early stage investments. In addition, Vilas has advised publicly-traded companies on corporate governance, public disclosure and other securities law matters. Vilas is very active in the technology entrepreneurship community, advising startups on matters related to formation, seed financing, and intellectual property protection. Vilas also chairs Dhar Law, LLP's Pro Bono Committee and directs the Firm's engagement with international global health NGO's, community entrepreneurs, and the local arts community.

Vilas has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Boston Magazine and New England Super Lawyers, and has been invited to serve as an “Engineer in Residence” by the University of Illinois. Vilas has lectured and published articles on the field of microfinance, with a focus on increasing efficiency in microfinance institutions and developing country policies related to banking and microfinance infrastructure. Additionally, he has been consulted by large financial institutions on developing platforms for commercializing socially conscious lending.

Vilas holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of Barristers. Vilas also holds dual Bachelor's degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois. Vilas is an active member of the American Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the NYU Alumni Association. While attending law school, Vilas was an editor of the Moot Court Board and authored a problem for publication in the NYU Moot Court Casebook. He was recognized as the Best Oralist at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Atlantic Regional Competition.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Government and Social Impact
  • 30% Entrepreneurship and Private Capital
  • 20% Business and Corporate Law
  • Non-Profit Formation and Operation
  • Financial Services and Microfinance

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2007
  • New York, 2007


  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 2007
    • Honors: Order of the Barristers
    • LP: Moot Court, Editor
  • University of Illinois
    • B.A. - 2004
    • Honors: Chancellor's Scholar
    • Major: Computer Science
  • University of Illinois
    • B.S. - 2004
    • Honors: Chancellor's Scholar
    • Major: Biological Engineering

Published Works

  • Impact Investing Needs Millenials, Harvard Business Review Online, 2014

Honors and Awards

  • Gleitsman Fellow on Social Change, Harvard University, 2015 - 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Vice Chair, YLD Ethics and Professionalism at American Bar
  • Steering Group, International Human Rights Committee at American Bar Association International Law Section
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Pro Bono Activities

  • Director, Next Mile Project - a nonprofit incubator