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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 legal community in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan 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 lawyers and law students in the D.C. metropolitan area;
  • Provide a forum for professional and social networking;
  • Increase awareness and dialogue regarding legal issues facing South Asians in the United States;
  • Improve access to legal services for the South Asian community in the D.C. metropolitan area, particularly among the least fortunate; and 
  • Promote a greater understanding of the legal, political, economic, and cultural environment of South Asia and its people. 


Board of Directors



President
Priya L. Bhanu

sabadcpresident@gmail.com

Priya L. Bhanu is an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State.  Previously, she was an attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where she focused on litigation and antitrust, and a law clerk to 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.


President-Elect
Nandu Machiraju

Nandu Machiraju is an antitrust attorney who has practiced in a private law firm in Washington, DC and in Brussels and now works for the federal government.  Nandu first gained exposure to SABA-DC when he served as the SABA-DC student liaison for Georgetown Law.  Starting in 2016, Nandu served on the Board as a General Director for two years and the Vice President of Programming for a year.  After a year-long hiatus, Nandu rejoins the Board as President-Elect.

Nandu recently was named a 2020 Rising Star by SABA-NA and was selected as a 2021 Fellow for the SABA Leadership Institute's inaugural class. 





Vice President of Programming
Avni Amin
sabadcevents@gmail.com

Avni Amin is an associate with Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C. where she represents employees in a variety of complex employment issues including discrimination and retaliation, and whistleblower cases. Prior to joining KNCF, Avni worked as a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Labor. Avni is committed to pro bono work, community outreach and education. She works with organizations that address issues such as homelessness, poverty, and immigration.

Avni received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and her B.B.A from the University of Georgia



Vice President of Communications
Jyoti Kuvelker
sabadccommunications@gmail.com

Jyoti Kuvelker joined the SABA-DC Board in 2021. She has a corporate transactional law background. During her years in private practice, Jyoti advised a wide range of clients, including fund sponsors, institutional investors, development finance institutions and corporations. Prior to joining USAID in 2019, Jyoti was most recently a senior associate with Hogan Lovells in the fund formation and private equity practice. Her interest in social enterprises and impact investing led her to join USAID. As an attorney in USAID's Office of the General Counsel, Jyoti primarily counsels the Power Africa initiative based in South Africa and DC. She provides advice on foreign assistance and international development activities to improve access to electricity. Jyoti earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and her B.S. in Finance from the University of Maryland.




Vice President of Membership 
Deb Sengupta
sabadcmembership@gmail.com

Deb Sengupta is an attorney in the Intellectual Property and Technology practice of Dentons US LLP.  Deb's practice focuses on the chemical, pharmaceutical and nanotechnology areas, including counseling, preparation and prosecution of domestic and international patent applications, patent infringement and validity opinions.

Deb received her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, where she served as the President of the GW Law Chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.  Deb received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cornell University.  ‎ 

Deb has a long history of volunteer service in the D.C. community, and is the Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors, Constellation Theatre Company.




Treasurer
Suparna Reddy
sabadctreasurer@gmail.com

Suparna Reddy is a Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Previously, she practiced antitrust law as an associate at a large law firm. Suparna is also the Program Director for the Washington Leadership Program, a non-partisan organization that seeks to involve South Asian American college students in politics and policy.

Suparna received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her B.A. in political science and economics from The Ohio State University. 

Secretary
Avani Uppalapati

Avani Uppalapati is a third-year associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where she focuses on litigation and international trade. She has authored numerous client publications on sanctions and export controls. Her pro bono efforts have included representation of domestic violence survivors, and immigration rights and U.S. Supreme Court voting rights litigation.

Avani received her J.D. from The Georgetown University Law Center, where she was an editor of The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, the president of the South Asian Law Students Association, and a participant in the Federal Legislation Clinic. She received her B.A. in English and Public Policy from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


General Director
Zain Jinnah

Zain Jinnah is Counsel to the Urban Air Mobility division of Hyundai Motor Group, where he supports the development of electric-powered flying vehicles. He was previously an Associate at White & Case LLP, where he represented foreign governments and multinational companies in complex international arbitrations and litigations. He was also previously the President of the Capital Area Muslim Bar Association.

Zain received his JD from Harvard Law School, his MPP from the University of Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government, and his BA in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Calgary.



General Director
Ravi Kambhampaty

Ravi Kambhampaty is an Attorney at the Department of Justice (DOJ), in the National Security Division. Ravi also serves as  a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army Reserves and previously served overseas on Active Duty in Eastern Afghanistan, Bogota, Colombia, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Prior to joining the DOJ, Ravi was an Associate General Counsel with the Inter-American Foundation, an independent federal agency that provides direct foreign assistance to the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean. Before moving to the Washington D.C. area, Ravi was a Senior Staff- Attorney with Immigration Legal Services of Long Island, a non-profit organization in New  York.

Ravi received his J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he participated in the Law School's  International Law Clinic, and spent his last semester working on Human Rights issues in Windhoek, Namibia. Ravi received his B.A., Summa Cum Laude, in Political Science and History from the State University of New York at Binghamton. 



General Director
Snehal Massey

Snehal Massey practices all aspects of family law at Turnbull, Nicholson & Sanders, P.A., in Towson, Maryland. She has trial experience in numerous Maryland jurisdictions. She also argued a case in the Court of Special Appeals in 2019, which resulted in a published opinion by the intermediate appellate court.

Snehal received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2015. After law school, Snehal gained invaluable experience when she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ronald A. Silkworth (Ret.) at the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

She currently serves on the board of Christalis, Inc., a non-profit organization that develops and maintains programs to help underserved children and families in various parts of the world.


General Director
Devika Persaud

Devika Persaud is a litigation associate 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.


General Director
Archith Ramkumar

Archith Ramkumar is a Trial Attorney with the Department of Justice in the Office of Immigration Litigation-District Courts Section.  He regularly argues complex statutory and constitutional questions in the federal district courts and the courts of appeals.  Archith previously worked as an associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP and clerked on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for the Honorable T.S. Ellis III and on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for the Honorable Dennis Jacobs.

Archith received his JD from the University of Virginia, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served on the Law Review, and his BS from Duke University.


General Director
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
Amandeep Singh Sidhu

Amandeep (Aman) S. Sidhu is a partner in the Litigation practice group of McDermott Will & Emery. He has substantial experience representing companies across the healthcare, life science and pharmaceutical industries in compliance/regulatory matters, investigations, and high-stakes litigation. Aman serves on McDermott’s Diversity/Inclusion Committee and Pro Bono and Community Service Committee. He is also a co-founder of the Sikh Coalition, a civil/human rights nonprofit organization created in the aftermath of 9/11. Over the past two decades, Aman has led lobbying efforts in US Congress regarding hate crimes, profiling and workplace and public accommodation discrimination and currently serves as lead counsel in a 10+ year effort to end the US military’s presumptive ban on the service of observant Sikhs and other religious minorities.

Aman received his JD from University of Richmond School and Law and dual BAs in economics and government from the College of William & Mary.  He is admitted to practice in Washington, DC and Virginia.



General Director
Nina R. Tandon

Nina R. Tandon is the Associate General Counsel at the American Psychological Association (“APA”), where she manages I.P., privacy, and commercial contracts legal and organizational risk. Nina advises and works with APA’s publishing department, including books, journals, electronic databases, and e-products, to protect I.P. rights and mitigate risk; as well as with APA’s business integration & information technology services department to design and implement security and privacy compliance protocols. In addition, Nina advises on association-wide contract negotiations and reviews. She also oversees dispute resolution in each of her area portfolios.

Nina received her J.D., cum laude, from Boston University School of Law, her M.A.L.D. from The Fletcher School, Tufts University with concentrations in Development Economics and International Organizations, and her B.A., with honors in Philosophy, and Journalism from Emory University.


General Director
Pooja Tolani

Pooja Tolani is an Associate Corporate Counsel at Microsoft, where she works on a variety of complex tech issues including Privacy, Artificial Intelligence/Facial Recognition, and Cybersecurity. Prior to joining Microsoft, Pooja worked as a Law Clerk at T-Mobile, USA and the Federal Communications Commission. 

Pooja received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law in 2019 and her B.S. from the University of South Carolina. 



Immediate Past President
Amisha R. 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.


Former SABA-DC Presidents

Year


 President

 2020 Amisha R. Patel
 2019 Moh Sharma
 2018
 2017 
 2016
 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  Hrishi Karthikeyan
 2005  Rudhir Krishtel
 2004  Rudhir Krishtel
 2003  Geeta Oberoi
 2002  Ajay Kuntamukkala
 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


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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