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Raising the Bar - March 2021

Tuesday, March 02, 2021 8:59 AM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

Ruchi Jain

Ruchi Jain was appointed Deputy Solicitor for General Law, Department of the Interior in the Biden-Harris administration.

Before joining Interior, Ruchi Jain was the Pro Bono Counsel for the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Previously, Ms. Jain served as Special Assistant to President Obama, where she worked with other senior White House officials on federal agency management, Executive Branch nominations, and personnel matters. She held several other roles in the Obama-Biden White House and the Department of Justice. She began her career in private law practice.

SABA-DC congratulates Ms. Jain on her administration appointment.

Karthik Kumar

Karthik Kumar, Ph.D. was elevated to Partner at Finnegan. Mr. Kumar is co-leader of the firm's augmented/virtual reality industry practice, focusing his work on complex patent litigation and strategic counseling in emerging technologies.

He has worked on ITC investigations, district court cases, and inter partes review (IPR) proceedings. In his strategic counseling practice, Mr. Kumar manages teams of attorneys and technical specialists to develop global patent portfolios for large technology companies.

SABA-DC congratulates Mr. Kumar on his elevation.

Raj Parekh

Raj Parekh was named the Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA). Parekh is the first Indian-American and minority member in the 232-year history of the Office to serve as EDVA’s U.S. Attorney.

As Acting U.S. Attorney, Mr. Parekh supervises the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of all civil matters in which the United States has an interest. He leads a staff of approximately 300 prosecutors, civil litigators, and support personnel across four Divisions located in Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk, and Newport News. The district serves over six million residents.

SABA-DC congratulates Mr. Parekh on his historic accomplishment.

Binal Patel

Binal Patel was elected President of Banner Witcoff in January 2021. During his time at Banner Witcoff, Patel has served on the Board of Directors, as a trusted advisor to his clients and a sought-out mentor to many. His practice covers a range of areas including district court patent litigation, proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and patent portfolio management.

Beyond his practice, Patel has played an instrumental role in promoting and advancing diverse attorneys across the country as the co-founder of the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago and the South Asian Bar Association of North America, and with his involvement in various other local and national minority bar associations.

SABA-DC congratulates Mr. Patel on his presidential achievement.


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