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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 Asian.

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.

Board of Directors

Moh Sharma

Moh Sharma is currently an Advisor in the U.S. House of Representatives. She has previously worked for Congresswoman Judy Chu, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), the House Democratic Caucus, and the House Committee on Small Business.

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

President Elect
Amisha Patel

Amisha R. Patel is a litigator based out of the Washington, D.C. office of Dechert LLP.  Her practice includes complex commercial litigation, class action defense, and white collar investigations.  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.  In 2017, Amisha was honored with the South Asian Bar Association (SABA) of North America Rising Star Award.  She currently serves as co-chair of the South Asian Women Attorney's Network (SAWAN), a division of SABA North America.

Amisha received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, where she taught as an adjunct professor in the Scholarly Writing Program for seven years.  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.

Vice-President of Programming
Apurv Gaurav

Apurv Gaurav is a patent attorney based out of the Washington, D.C. office of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. His practice includes patent prosecution, post grant proceedings, and litigation. He leverages his technical backgrounds to practice in a broad spectrum of technologies, including wireless communications, medical imaging and devices, computer hardware and software, financial technology, and renewable energy technology.

Apurv received his J.D. from Boston College Law School, and his M.S. in electrical engineering from Columbia University. He holds double bachelor degrees in molecular & cell biology and South Asian studies from U.C. Berkeley.

Anu Sharma

Vice-President of Communications
Anu Sharma

Anu is a patent attorney based out of the Washington, D.C. office of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. He offers clients intellectual property experience, including in both procurement and enforcement domains. He has particular experience in representative technologies in electronics, software, business methods, and financial systems.

Anu received his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, his Masters in Intellectual Property Law from University of New Hampshire School of Law. He holds a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. 

Vice-President of Finance
Shashi Khiani

Shashi is a corporate associate at a large law firm in Washington D.C. where his practice focuses on capital markets and compliance with federal securities laws.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Shashi spent two (2) years as a tax associate at large accounting firm in New York. Shashi graduated from Indiana University with a business degree and obtained his J.D. at Georgetown University.  

Neaha Raol

Neaha Raol is a litigation associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP.  Her practice focuses on internal and government investigations, civil False Claims Act and FIRREA litigation, and commercial disputes.  She also counsels clients on various government contracts related matters, including post-award disputes, and serves as government contracts counsel in mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and joint venture transactions.  Neaha has an active pro bono practice which currently includes representation of non-citizen soldiers in the military in multiple class action lawsuits.  She has been recognized for her pro bono work by being named to the Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Prior to law school, Neaha worked as a fund financial associate and analyst, specializing in equities and derivatives, at The Vanguard Group. 

Neaha received her JD from the University of North Carolina in 2010, where she was a member of the North Carolina Law Review, and her BBA from the University of Texas in 2004.

General Director
Deepika Ravi

Deepika Ravi is an associate with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, where her practice includes litigation and legal ethics law.  Deepika advises clients on legal ethics issues, coordinates internal investigations in response to government enforcement actions and anticipated civil litigation, and represents individuals and companies in complex commercial litigation and general civil litigation in federal and state courts across the country. 

Deepika maintains an active pro bono practice.  Her pro bono experience includes immigration, voting rights, and domestic violence representation.  In addition to serving as a member of SABA-DC’s Board, Deepika also serves on the Junior Board for the D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project.

Deepika received her J.D. with pro bono distinction from Stanford Law School.  She received her B.A. in political science from Duke University.

General Director
Armeen Mistry

Armeen Mistry is an attorney at Cozen O’Connor in Washington DC, where she handles a range of complex commercial litigation. She also represents clients on a pro bono basis in Veteran’s Benefit Claims, immigration court matters, and bankruptcy litigation proceedings. Armeen received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School and her B.A., magna cum laude, in Economics and Journalism from the University of Missouri.

General Director
Avani Patel

Avani is a Business Development Manager at iDiscovery Solutions (iDS).  Her responsibilities include educating attorneys on innovative techniques to capture and recover electronic data and fostering client relationships.  Prior to this, she was a Legal Recruiter at Major, Lindsey & Africa.  Here, she successfully placed attorneys in opportunities with AmLaw firms and corporate in-house legal departments.  Before transitioning her career into a nonpracticing role, Avani was a Supervising Attorney at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation. Here, she led the Economic Issues Program and spent five years representing low income clients and training attorneys in a variety of civil law matters.  In addition to SABA-DC, Avani is also the Director of Women in eDiscovery (DC Chapter) and a co-chair on the Women’s Bar Association of Washington DC’s Career Development Committee. 

General Director
Deven Parmar

Deven Parmar is a litigation associate at O’Melveny & Myers.  His practice includes antitrust, class action litigation, and white collar investigations representing clients across a variety of industries.  Deven’s pro bono work focuses on fair housing and consumer protections law.  Prior to joining the legal profession, Deven was an economic consultant working in the areas of competition economics, monetary policy, and international development.  Originally from Toronto, Canada, Deven has worked or studied abroad extensively, including the UK, India, Kenya, and Japan. 

Deven received his J.D. from the University of Chicago, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. from McGill University.

General Director
Namrata Loomba

Namrata Loomba is an associate with the law firm of Blank Rome, LLP, where her practice focuses on consumer finance litigation. Namrata advises financial institutions on a wide array of regulatory and litigation matters, including disputes under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Truth In Lending Act, and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. 

Namrata also represents mortgage servicers and lenders in connection with title insurance claims, title curative matters, and loan repurchase disputes.

Namrata received her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and her Bachelor of Science in Business from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).

General Director
Nandu Machiraju

Nandu Machiraju is serving his third year on the SABA-DC Board.  Last year, he was the Vice President for Programming and the year before that he was a General Director.

Nandu currently is an Attorney Advisor for competition matters to Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") Chairman Joseph Simons.  Prior to that, Nandu held positions as an antitrust attorney serving in the Mergers I Division of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition and an associate in the Washington, D.C. and Brussels offices of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. 

Nandu holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the George Washington University’s School of Business, a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago, and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. 

General Director
Priya Bhanu

Priya Bhanu is an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C.  Previously, she was an attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP where she focused on litigation and antitrust and a law clerk for the Honorable Paul S. Grewal on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  

Priya received her J.D., cum laude, from University of Michigan Law School and her B.A., phi beta kappa, in International Studies and East Asian Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

General Director
Saiba Kamal

Saiba Kamal is an Attorney-Advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice in the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, where she evaluates and analyzes personal injury and wrongful death claims in order to grant compensation to the victims of the attacks. 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 as a DOJ Ambassador and is an Executive Council Representative for DOJ Pan Asia.

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
Devika Persaud

Devika Persaud is a litigation attorney at DLA Piper LLP, where she focuses on trademark and copyright litigation in federal court and proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Prior to focusing on intellectual property, Devika worked on general complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution matters in areas including securities and structured finance, consumer financial services, product liability, bankruptcy, and breach of contract.

Devika received her J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School, where she was a faculty research assistant, the president of the South Asian Law Students Association, and a student participant in the Urban Communities Clinic based in Detroit. She received her B.A. in political science and public policy from The University of Chicago.

Immediate Past President
Hardeep Grover

Hardeep Grover is an attorney with Tresquire Legal Services, a solo practice where he works with creative entrepreneurs in the food, beverage, art, and entertainment spaces, helping clients navigate legal hurdles on their path to business growth. Hardeep began his practice in Califoria’s wine industry, before delving into the nuances of New York’s art and entertainment industries. Having returned to his hometown of Washington, DC, Hardeep now provides end-to-end transactional and strategic advisory services to clients in DC, NY, CA, and VA.

In addition to his role as the President of SABA-DC, Hardeep also serves on the education committee of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, where he teaches courses on entity formation, nonprofit governance, and various facets of art law.

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

Former SABA-DC Presidents

Year President
 Hardeep Grover
 Ritu Kaur Cooper
 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


Our goal is to address the needs and concerns of the South Asian American legal community in Washington, D.C. while providing our members with the knowledge and support necessary to reach their personal and professional goals.

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South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C.

P.O. Box 65349
Washington, D.C. 20035

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