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:
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
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.
Priya 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.
Vice President of Programming
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.
Vice President of Communications
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 Membership
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.
Vice President of Gala
Rukku Singla is the Special Assistant to Chair Catherine E. Lhamon of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Prior to joining the Commission, Rukku served as Deputy Associate Counsel for the Office of Presidential Personnel at the Obama White House, and was an Associate Attorney at Jenner & Block LLP. Rukku clerked for the Hon. Andre M. Davis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Hon. James G. Carr of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. She earned her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School and her B.A. from The Ohio State University.
Adam Motiwala is a third-year litigation associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Adam is a Southern California native and has spent time living in the Bay Area, Chicago, Ghana, Russia, and Turkey. In his free time, Adam enjoys cooking and making fancy cocktails.
Adam received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was President of the Hemingway Society, and his B.A. in political science from U.C. Berkeley.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Senal Ranatunga is a Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Projects associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP. His practice focuses primarily on advising multilateral institutions, financial institutions, and sponsors in complex domestic and cross-border development and financing transactions. Senal has an active pro bono practice that includes volunteering at the Washington, D.C. Small Business Legal Clinic as well as reviewing cases for the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project.
Senal received his J.D. from Georgetown University School of Law and is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C. and New York.
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.
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 currently serving as the President of the Board of Directors of Constellation Theatre Company.
Immediate Past President
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.
Former SABA-DC Presidents
* President of the Indian-American Bar Association of Washington, DC (IABA-DC)--the organization that preceded SABA-DC