2017 Board of Directors (bios coming soon)
President
Ritu Kaur Cooper

President-Elect

Hardeep Grover


Vice President of Programming

Shruti Shah


Vice President of Media and Communications

Dinesh Kumar


Vice President of Finance

Krishan Thakker


Secretary

Kashish Chopra


General Directors

Naomi Abraham

Chistopher Agrawal

Akarsh Belagodu

Saiba Kamal

Nandu Machiraju

Archis Parasharami

Amisha Patel

Avani Patel

Moh Sharma


Immediate Past President

D. Rahul Das





2016 Board of Directors

President

D. Rahul Das

sabadcpresident@gmail.com


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.



President-Elect

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.



Vice President of Programming

Kaamil M. Khan


Kaamil Khan is the Vice-President of Programming for SABA-DC. He is an attorney who primarily focuses his practice on estate planning, corporate law, and business litigation. Outside the office, he also serves as the General Counsel and Secretary for the D.C. Chapter of the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs and is on the Board of Directors of the Fairfax County Bar Young Lawyers Division. While in law school at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, he was honored by his peers to serve as their Student Body President. In his spare time, he enjoys attending concerts, watching the Wizards, and organizing an annual March Madness pool.












Vice President of Media and Communications

Dinesh Kumar

sabadccommunications@gmail.com


Dinesh Kumar is a Regulatory Counsel at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, where he works on post-market compliance and enforcement policy related to pharmaceutical drugs.  Previously, he was a law clerk at the Federal Communications Commission, where he worked on efforts to increase access to telemedicine services among rural health care providers, and a research assistant at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. 


Dinesh received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2013, and he also holds an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.S. from Duke University.  Prior to law school, Dinesh was a Manager at the healthcare research and advisory firm Avalere Health.




Vice President of Finance

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 a pro bono law clerk for the Honorable Joanna Seybert of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and later 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. 

In addition to her role as Vice President of Finance for SABA-DC, Shikha 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. 



Secretary

Kashish Chopra

sabadcsecretary@gmail.com


Kashish Chopra is a consultant with Strategic Management Services where she provides advice to clients on healthcare compliance, regulatory, and legal issues. Kashish works with clients to implement, evaluate, and enhance their compliance programs, and assists with Independent Review Organization services to help clients fulfill their obligations under Corporate Integrity Agreements. Kashish is a New Jersey licensed attorney.

 

Prior to joining Strategic Management, she worked in-house with the legal and compliance team for a global medical device manufacturer. Additionally, she has over a decade of experience as a speaker and presenter on intercultural identity and minority 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

Akarsh Belagodu


Akarsh Belagodu is a patent litigation associate at the law firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.  He practices before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the International Trade Commission, and various district courts in cases involving technologies such as computer architecture, microelectronics, satellite communications, integrated circuits, semiconductors, software applications and mechanical devices. Before his legal career, Akarsh was a computer engineer at Intel Corporation.  Akarsh graduated from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2009 and from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in computer engineering in 2004.


 








General Director

Hardeep Grover



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

Samhitha Muralidhar


Samhitha Muralidhar Medatia is an associate at Finnegan LLP and  focuses her practice on complex patent litigation before U.S. district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Her practice involves a range of technologies, including matters in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and electrical arts. Ms. Medatia has been involved in all aspects of litigation, from pre-litigation activities to appellate work before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 

Ms. Medatia received her J.D. from The George Washington University in 2011 and her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University.  Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Medatia worked as a chemical process engineer for the Dow Corning Corporation in chemical research and production.  She currently lives in Washington, D.C.







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.   Last year, 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 the hiring partner for Mayer Brown’s DC office and a member of its 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

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.


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 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.



General Director

Priyanka Sundareshan


Priya Sundareshan is an attorney with Environmental Defense Fund's Oceans Program, focusing on domestic fisheries law and 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.













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