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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 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.

Board of Directors

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.

President Elect
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.

Vice-President of Programming
Nandu Machiraju

Nandu Machiraju is an antitrust attorney serving in the Mergers I Division of the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) Bureau of Competition.  Nandu received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the George Washington University’s (“GWU”) School of Business and Public Management and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy. 

After graduating from the Harris School, Nandu started his career in antitrust policy as an Economic Research Analyst at the FTC’s Bureau of Economics.  Nandu attended the Georgetown University Law Center’s (“GULC”) Evening Program and graduated from the Law Center in 2011.  After completing his law degree, Nandu joined the law firm, Cadwalader Wickersham& Taft LLP.  Nandu practiced antitrust law at Cadwalader in Washington, D.C. and in Brussels, Belgium for nearly four years. 

In 2015, Nandu joined the FTC’s Bureau of Competition where he investigates mergers in the medical-device, pharmaceutical, construction-materials, and retail-pharmacy sectors. 

Vice-President of Communications
Priyanka Sundareshan

Priya is an attorney with Environmental Defense Fund's Oceans Program, focusing on domestic fisheries law and national policy. Prior to this, she was an associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and worked on a broad array of energy and environmental legal topics. Priya holds her J.D. and M.S. in natural resource economics from the University of Arizona (in her hometown, Tucson), and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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 Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.  She joined Fried Frank in 2011.  Her practice focuses on representing clients in various complex civil litigation matters, including commercial disputes, False Claims Act litigation, and post-judgment enforcement matters.  She also counsels government contractors in fraud investigations, internal investigations, and post-award matters.  Neaha has been recognized for her pro bono work by being named to the 2014 and 2016 Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll. 

Prior to joining Fried Frank, 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
Abhishek Kambli

Abhishek Kambli is a Captain and attorney in the United States Air Force JAG Corp.  Currently, he is assigned to the Military Commissions Defense Organization in Arlington, Virginia.  In that capacity he defends one of the 9/11 accused who faces trial before the Military Commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Prior to that he served as a prosecutor and defense attorney at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.  He received his J.D. from University of Notre Dame Law School in 2012 and a B.F.A. in Writing for Film and Television at the University of the Arts in 2006.

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 is a former practicing attorney.  She 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.  She relocated to DC in 2015 for a legal recruiter position at Major, Lindsey and Africa.  Here, she successfully placed attorneys in opportunities with AmLaw firms and corporate in-house legal departments.  Currently, Avani is a business development manager at iDS and is responsible for fostering client relationships in the Eastern United States.  In addition to SABA-DC, she is also on the Women in eDiscovery DC Chapter’s board. 

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 attorney in Leesburg, Virginia where she advises clients on a wide-array of real estate issues.  Previously, Namrata has successfully worked in various legal settings including law firms practicing trademark, business, and criminal defense matters and an intellectual property clinic.

Namrata received her B.S. from Virginia Tech and her J.D. from the University Of Maryland School Of Law. 

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.  This is her second year on the SABA-DC Board as a General Director. 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
Priya Bhanu

Priya Bhanu is an attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in Washington DC, where she focuses on litigation and antitrust.  Previously, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Paul S. Grewal on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  

In addition to serving as a member of SABA-DC's board, Priya is the DC Co-Chair of the Associates' Committee, a member-funded grant foundation that supports legal aid and impact litigation nonprofits throughout the country.  

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
Shikha Singhvi

Shikha Singhvi is an attorney at the Federal Reserve Board and focuses her practice on finance and banking law. Shikha began her legal career as an attorney at U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Enforcement. Prior to law school, Shikha worked in equity derivatives sales and trading at Lehman Brothers and later, as a management consultant at IBM. 

Shikha has served on the board of SABA-DC in a variety of roles including Vice President of Finance and General Director. She also serves on the board of the DC Chapter of Villanova Law’s Alumni Association. 

Shikha received her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law where she was an associate editor of the Villanova Environmental Law Journal. She received her B.A. in economics and political science from Barnard College of Columbia University. 

Immediate Past President
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.

Former SABA-DC Presidents

Year President
 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.

You can find us here:

South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C.

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

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