Mission Statement

The South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C. (SABA-DC) is a voluntary bar association dedicated to the needs, concerns, and interests of the South Asian American legal community in the Washington, D.C. area. SABA-DC was founded in 2001 as the successor to the Indian-American Bar Association of Washington D.C. (IABA-DC). SABA-DC's key objectives are to:

  • Advance the professional development of South Asian American lawyers and law students;
  • Provide a forum for professional and social networking;
  • Increase awareness and dialogue regarding legal issues concerning South Asian Americans;
  • Improve access to legal services for the South Asian American community, particularly among the least fortunate; and
  • Promote a greater understanding of the legal, political, economic, and cultural environment of South Asia.

In pursuit of these objectives, SABA-DC regularly organizes panels, receptions, networking events, community outreach efforts, public service projects, mentoring programs, political awareness campaigns, and a variety of other activities.

2017 Board of Directors

Ritu Kaur Cooper

Ritu Kaur Cooper is a Shareholder at Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, the largest health care focused law firm in the nation with over 170 lawyers servicing health care providers around the country.  Ritu represents health care providers, such as hospitals, health systems, and large physician practice groups in regulatory and compliance matters with a particular focus on government investigations.  In her capacity as compliance counsel, Ritu provides compliance guidance to medical device companies as well.  Ritu also serves as General Counsel for Capital Clinical Integrated Network, a care coordination entity providing the D.C. Medicaid population with care coordination services. 

In addition to serving as a member of SABA-DC’s board, Ritu is a member of Hall Render’s Diversity Committee and Business Development Committee.  As an active member of the American Health Lawyers Association, Ritu serves as the Vice Chair of Research and Website for the Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group.

From 2003-2004, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Paul W. Armstrong, Superior Court of New Jersey, Somerset County, Criminal Division.  In 2012, Ritu served as the Saint Louis University School of Law Center for Health Law Studies Practitioner-in-Residence.  Ritu has been named to the Lawyers of Color's Hot List since 2013.  She received her BA, with honors, from The George Washington University in 2000, her JD, cum laude, from Syracuse University in 2003, and her LL.M. in Health Law from Saint Louis University in 2005.

 Hardeep Grover

Hardeep Grover is an attorney with Tresquire Legal Services, a solo practice where he focuses on helping start-ups and small businesses navigate legal hurdles.  Hardeep began his practice immersed in the wine industry just north of San Francisco, from where he turned to the restaurants and theaters of New York.  Having returned to his hometown of Washington, DC, Hardeep now works with creative entrepreneurs in the technology, entertainment, and food & beverage industries.  Barred in CA, NY and DC, he works with clients in all three jurisdictions, striving to help people bring their visions to fruition.

In addition to his role as the President Elect of SABA-DC, Hardeep serves on the education committee of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts.

Hardeep received his BA in Economics from George Mason University, and his JD from The George Washington University Law School.

   Vice-President of Programming 
 Shruti Shah

Shruti Shah is a Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Labor, where she works on federal regulatory and enforcement policy pertaining to various Labor and Employment laws.  Shruti most recently served as Labor Counsel on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions in the office of Senator Patty Murray, where she worked on a variety of legislative initiatives.  Prior to joining the federal government, Shruti worked as an associate in a law firm in New York City where she focused on labor and employment litigation. 

Shruti received her J.D. from New York Law School in 2009, and her B.S. in Marketing and Political Science from Rutgers University in 2005.
   Vice-President of Finance
 Krishan Thakker

Krishan Thakker is an associate at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC's Litigation Group. He focuses on general intellectual property enforcement and patent infringement/defense, with a special emphasis on risk mitigation strategies such as insurance coverage and indemnification. Mr. Thakker represents clients in matters before several federal district and state courts, in post-grant review proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, as well as in domestic and international arbitrations and mediations. He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in both the District of Columbia and New York, and has experience in both pre-action investigations and the major phases of litigation. 

Prior to joining Sterne Kessler, Mr. Thakker was an associate in the New York office of an international general practice firm, where his practice focused on first-party business interruption and property damage insurance recovery, complex commercial, civil and soft/hard IP litigation, international arbitration and cross-border disputes. Mr. Thakker commenced his legal career at a boutique policyholder-side insurance coverage law firm in Washington D.C., where he represented blue-chip manufacturers recover insurer proceeds for liabilities and defense costs from multiple carriers under third-party CGL policies.

Mr. Thakker graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and with both the Parker School Certificate for Achievement in International and Comparative Law, and a Half Laurels Award, from the Anglo-American Joint LL.B./J.D. Degree Program between King's College London and Columbia Law School, with a concentration in international and transatlantic dispute resolution. 

 Kashish Parikh-Chopra

Kashish Parikh-Chopra is an attorney practicing in the Washington, D.C. office of Hall Render's Health Counsel section. Kashish focuses her practice on advising health care providers on compliance and regulatory matters including fraud and abuse of federal health care programs, the development of effective compliance programs consistent with HHS OIG guidance, internal investigations, government investigations, conflicts of interest and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. She drafts compliance policies and procedures, develops and executes compliance program training, implements compliance work plans, evaluates compliance risk assessments and advises Boards, compliance committees and compliance departments. She is currently admitted in New Jersey and is under supervision of Ritu Kaur Cooper, a member of the D.C. Bar.

Additionally, Kashish has over a decade of experience as a public speaker and presenter on intercultural identity and LGBT marginalization issues, having led talks at institutions such as Harvard, Yale, and University of Michigan, among others.

Kashish obtained her J.D. from Temple University School of Law and both her M.B.A and B.S.B.A. from Suffolk University.

   General Director
 Naomi Abraham

Naomi Abraham is an Attorney at DLA Piper in Washington, D.C., where she focuses on trademark, copyright, and media law.  Previously, she was a judicial intern for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and an intern for the Department of Homeland Security.

Naomi received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law in 2016, where she was a Note and Comment Editor for the Business Law Review.  She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida.  

   General Director
 Chris Agrawal

Chris Agrawal advises technology companies on obtaining patent protection and analyzing patent-related risks and opportunities. He manages patent prosecution across a wide range of mechanical, computer, and Internet-related technologies, and counsels clients on portfolio strategies and patent clearance, especially for clients growing into new business areas.  Chris obtained both his B.S. in mechanical engineering and J.D. from George Washington University.
   General Director
 Saiba Kamal

Saiba Kamal is an Attorney-Advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice, practicing administrative law at the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Saiba began her legal career as a sole practitioner with a criminal defense practice, and then as an associate at a small general practice firm.

In addition to her role as a General Director for SABA-DC, Saiba serves on the Leadership Council of the DC chapter of the American India Foundation - Young Professionals, and is a core member of South Asians for Opportunity - DC.

Saiba grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and graduated magna cum laude from James Madison University (B.S., 2001) and George Mason University School of Law (J.D., 2004). 

   General Director
 Nandu Machiraju

Nandu Machiraju is an antitrust attorney in the Mergers I Division of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”).  Before Harris, Nandu received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the George Washington University’s (“GWU”) School of Business.  Nandu received his degree from the Harris School in 2006.  After Harris, Nandu became an Economic Research Analyst at the FTC’s Bureau of Economics working on merger investigations and supporting the agency’s economists in developing economic evidence for the FTC’s antitrust challenges.  

In 2011, Nandu graduated from Georgetown Law.  Nandu the joined the firm, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP where he practiced antitrust law in Washington, D.C. and in Brussels, Belgium.  Nandu (re)joined the FTC in 2015 where he investigates mergers in the medical-device, pharmaceutical, and retail-pharmacy sectors.  

   General Director
 Archis Parasharami

Archis A. Parasharami, a litigation partner at Mayer Brown, is co-chair of the firm’s class action defense practice and a member of its Supreme Court & Appellate practice.  Archis routinely defends businesses in class actions and complex litigation around the country, with a particular focus on strategy issues, multidistrict litigation, and critical motions and appeals.   In 2015, the National Law Journal identified Archis as a “D.C. Rising Star,” one of “40 game-changing lawyers age 40 and under,” and in 2011 that publication selected Archis as one of the “Minority 40 Under 40” lawyers in the United States.

Archis is a member of Mayer Brown's firm-wide Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.   In addition to serving as a member of SABA-DC’s board, Archis co-chairs SABA North America’s amicus committee.  

Archis attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and clerked for Judge Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

   General Director
 Amisha Patel

Amisha R. Patel is a litigator based out of the Washington, D.C. office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.  Her practice includes complex commercial litigation, antitrust, and intellectual property matters.  She has represented clients in state and federal district and appellate courts, and before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and foreign competition authorities.  Amisha engages in significant pro bono work related to immigrant rights and diversity issues.  She is also committed to community responsibility and diversity in the legal profession.  Most recently, she was honored with Orrick’s 2015 Diversity Award for her contributions in enhancing diversity and inclusion within the firm and the legal profession generally.

Amisha received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, where she currently teaches as an adjunct professor in the Scholarly Writing Program.  During law school, she was Executive Managing Editor of The George Washington International Law Review and a student-attorney in the Immigration Clinic.  Amisha received her B.A. in government and history from Dartmouth College.

   General Director
 Avani Patel

Avani Patel is a General Director for SABA-DC.  She is a legal director of recruiting at Major, Lindsey and Africa.  In this role, she successfully places attorneys in opportunities with AmLaw firms and corporate in-house legal departments. Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa, Avani was a supervising attorney for the Economic Issues Program at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation, where she spent five years representing low income clients in civil law matters.  She practiced law for over eight years and has substantial experience in bankruptcy, tort defense and family law.  As a native of Chicago, Avani is an avid Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and Cubs fan. In her spare time, she enjoys going to museums, volunteering and reading autobiographies.

   General Director
 Neerja Razdan

Neerja Razdan, Esq. is the Associate Counsel for University of Maryland Medical System Corporation.  She advises on a variety of matters including drafting and negotiating leases, session leases, physician service agreements, and physician employment arrangements.  Ms. Razdan graduated from the St. Louis University School of Law.

   General Director
 Moh Sharma

Moh Sharma is currently a Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was previously an APAICS Fellow and then a Legislative Aide for Office of Congresswoman Judy Chu and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). 

Moh has previously worked at the Connecticut Center
for Economic Analysis, the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, the Connecticut Technology Council and the Connecticut Judicial Branch.

Moh received her B.A. (Hons.) and M.A. in Economics from theUniversity of Connecticut, M.S. in Global Affairs from NYU, and J.D. from CUNY School of Law. She is admitted in CT and NY.

   Immediate Past President
 D. Rahul Das

Rahul Das is a patent attorney with more than thirteen years of experience in all aspects of patent law.  Currently, Mr. Das works as a patent development manager at a global private equity fund where his practice focuses on patent monetization and technology transfer licensing. 

Previously, Mr. Das worked at nationally recognized law firms.  He has significant experience in patent litigation, oral and written opinions of counsel, and intellectual property due diligence projects.  Finally, Mr. Das is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and has prepared and prosecuted several U.S. patent applications, spanning a wide array of different technologies. 

Mr. Das received his B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin and his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

Mr. Das also currently serves as the Chair of the SABA-DC Intellectual Property Section and previously co-chaired the South Asian Bar Association of North American (SABANA) Intellectual Property Section.

Former SABA-DC Presidents

 Year President
 2016 Rahul Das
 2015 Habib F. Ilahi
 2014 Shuchi Batra
 2013 Kavitha Babu
 2012 A.J. Dhaliwal
 2011 Habib F. Ilahi
 2010 Anita Khushalani/Habib F. Ilahi
 2009 Dharmesh Vashee
 2008 Rahul Das
 2007 Neal Seth
 2006 Krishi Karthikeyan
 2005 Rudhir Patel
 2004 Rudhir Patel
 2003 Geeta Oberoi
 2002 Ajay Kuntamukla
 2001 Richard Verma
 2000 Rupal Kothari*
 1999 Krishna Kumar*
 1998 Reggie Agarwal*

* President of the Indian-American Bar Association of Washington, DC (IABA-DC)--the organization that preceded SABA-DC


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