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SABA-DC June Dinner Series: Federal Appellate Practice

  • Wednesday, June 08, 2016
  • 7:00 PM
  • Asia Nine, 915 E St NW


Many SABA-DC members have expressed an interest in federal appellate practice.  Appellate practice in the circuit courts of appeal and the United States Supreme Court, is one of the most coveted practice specialties.  So how does one develop a successful appellate practice? 

      Please join us for dinner as our dinner guests Peter Karanjia, partner at Davis Wright Tremain, and Archis A. Parasharami, partner at Mayer Brown, discuss how to develop an appellate practice, common hurdles and challenges, and practice and business development.  


      Peter Karanjia is co-chair of Davis Wright Tremaine’s appellate practice group and a member of the firm's communications, media, IP & technology group and its privacy & security group. Peter has extensive experience in appellate and regulatory litigation (having litigated over 100 appeals), government investigations, and complex civil litigation. He was named by Law360 as a 2015 "MVP of the Year" in Telecom Law—one of five "elite attorneys” nationally recognized in that category—for his "successes in high-stakes litigation." Peter is also frequently quoted in the national media on cyberlaw, technology, and privacy law.

       Peter previously served for three years as Deputy General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, where he was responsible for overseeing all of the agency’s litigation. At the FCC, Peter argued a number of precedent-setting cases before the federal courts of appeals, including one—described by The New York Times as a “big win” for the Commission—involving novel issues concerning mobile Internet services on smartphones and tablets.

      Peter also served as a senior member of the Office of New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, where he was responsible for appellate litigation and other special projects. As Special Counsel to the Solicitor General of New York (from 2007 to 2010), Peter successfully briefed and argued several major appeals, including a constitutional challenge to a first-of-its-kind statute governing online commerce.

      Archis A. Parasharami, is a litigation partner in Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office.  He is a member of the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate practice and co-chair of the Consumer Litigation & Class Actions practice.

      Archis maintains a substantial appellate practice, drafting briefs in the US Supreme Court, federal and state appellate courts, and trial courts around the country. Among other things, Archis has prepared merits and amicus briefs in leading appellate cases involving class action and arbitration issues.

Archis also routinely defends businesses in class action litigation in federal and state courts around the country. He brings substantial experience to all aspects of complex litigation and class actions, with a particular focus on strategy issues, multidistrict litigation, and critical motions seeking the dismissal of class actions or opposing class certification.

      Archis currently serves as a Director on the South Asian Bar Association of DC Board of Directors. He is a co-chair of the amicus committee of the North American South Asian Bar Association.

Archis is the Washington, DC office’s hiring partner and a member of the firm’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. He joined Mayer Brown in 2003 after clerking for Judge Leonard I. Garth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


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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Washington, D.C. 20035

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