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Edison attorney Satish Poondi, a partner at the Wilentz law firm and a Joe Biden delegate to the 2020 Democratic National Convention. (Photo: Wilentz.)

Controversial Edison attorney leaves Wilentz, joins three-month-old law firm

Satish Poondi teams up with Richard Trenk

By David Wildstein, August 17 2021 3:18 pm

A fledgling firm has hired embattled Edison attorney Satish Poondi as a partner.

Poondi has given up his partnership at the Wilentz firm to join Trenk Isabel, a three-month-old, seven-lawyer firm headed by West Orange Municipal Attorney Richard Trenk.

Edison Councilman Ajay Patil alleged in February that Poondi, the former co-chairman of the New Jersey Democratic South Asian American Caucus, was one of the masterminds behind the distribution of a racist flyer sent out anonymously during a 2017 school board campaign.

The “Make Edison Great Again” mailer told voters that the “Chinese and Indians are taking over our town.”

A U.S. Postal Inspector last year implicated Poondi as a member of the controversial Edison Eight, a group of local political activists allegedly responsible for the mailer.

But a grand jury empaneled earlier this year to probe the mailer has not resulted in any charges.

Still, several attorneys at the Wilentz firm publicly acknowledged that Poondi was putting the once-powerful law firm into a tough position.

Poondi backed Mahesh Bhagia for the Democratic nomination for mayor in June.  Bhagia lost the primary to Sam Joshi by a 61%-32% margin.

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