SABA-SC Officers and Board of Directors, 2018-2019
Purvi Patel, Co-President
Purvi G. Patel is the hiring partner for Morrison & Foerster’s Los Angeles office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity Strategy Committee. She is a member of the firm’s Consumer Litigation and Class Action and Privacy and Data Security practice groups. Focusing primarily on defending national retailers, manufacturers and other businesses in class action matters, Purvi has defended Fortune 500 businesses in matters including unfair competition, false advertising, consumer fraud, data security, privacy cases and a multitude of other statutory claims. In tandem with her litigation practice, she regularly advises clients concerning potential privacy implications of business practices relating to the collection of customer personal identification information in a number of settings. After graduating from the University of Chicago with a B.A. with honors in history, philosophy, and social studies of science and medicine, Purvi received her J.D. magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Ashe Puri, Co-President
Ashe Puri is a Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP. Ashe is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group focusing primarily on patent litigation involving electronics, computers and medical devices. Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Ashe practiced in New York City and Palo Alto. He received a J.D. in 2002 from Villanova Law School where he was a member of the Villanova Law Review. Ashe received a Bachelor of Science in 1999 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Biomedical Engineering. Ashe is also an officer of the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Public Interest Foundation of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California. In his free time, Ashe enjoys biking, skiing and playing tennis.
Shilpa Coorg, Co-President Elect
Shilpa Coorg is a patent litigation associate at Winston & Strawn LLP in Los Angeles. Her practice encompasses a wide range of complex technologies, such as medical devices and drugs, including pharmaceutical litigation under Hatch-Waxman, smartphone applications, radio frequency devices, and fire suppression systems. In her practice and life, she lives by the motto “be productive, not busy.” Last year, Shilpa served on SABA-SC’s board of directors as director of events. Her favorite SABA event this past year was volunteering at a food bank for SABA’s day of service, because it was a fun and hands-on way to contribute to the needs of the community. In her free time, Shilpa bakes desserts, binge-watches shows on Netflix, and hangs out with her two cats, Donut and Kitkat. She also enjoys staying active, and is often found doing yoga, dancing, boxing, or circuit training.
Janani S. Rana, Co-President Elect
Janani S. Rana is a Certified Family Law Specialist at Minyard Morris, an exclusively family law firm in Newport Beach. She limits her practice to Orange County matters. Ms. Rana earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law and her Bachelor of Science in Political Theory with a Minor in South Asian Studies from the University of California, San Diego. She is a graduate of the Houston Family Law Trial Institute, South Texas College of Law (May 2017) and the Trial Skills Institute of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (January 2017). She serves on the Associate Board if the Orange County Bar Foundation. She is a member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, Orange County Bar Association (Family Law Section), Orange County Family Law Banyard Inn of Court, Orange County Women Lawyers Association, Orange County Asian American Bar Association, and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Gagan G. Vaideeswaran, Secretary
Gagan G. Vaideeswaran practices all aspects of employment law. Her practice is focused on representing and counseling employers regarding the hiring process, wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, disability accommodations, privacy in the workplace, and wage and hour issues. Ms. Vaideeswaran received her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law, cum laude, and received her B.A. from Emory University. Ms. Vaideeswaran has been on the Board of Directors for the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California since 2014 and currently serves on the Executive Board as Secretary. She is also a member of the Orange County Bar Association, Employment Law Section.
Gopi K. Panchapakesan, Treasurer
Gopi K. Panchapakesan is an associate at Bird Marella. His practice focuses on litigating complex business disputes, including commercial fraud, breaches of contract and fiduciary duty, class actions, and unfair business practices. Gopi has represented Fortune 500 companies, as well as businesses and individuals across a variety of industries, including retail, healthcare, pharmaceutical, biomedical, and software. Gopi has particular experience in representing companies and individuals in quasi-criminal actions, including cases brought under the federal civil RICO statute and actions involving California and federal environmental regulations. He has successfully mediated, arbitrated, and settled numerous cases. Gopi received his B.A. from Northwestern University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He currently serves on the board of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League, and previously served on the board of the South Asian Bar Association’s Public Interest Foundation.
Marize Alphonso, Community Engagement
Marize Alphonso is an entertainment transactional attorney at the law firm of Reder & Feig, LLP. She currently provides production legal services for scripted television shows, and has served as legal counsel for multiple independent movies. Marize graduated from UC Berkeley, with a double major in Rhetoric and English, and from UCLA School of Law, with a specialization in Entertainment, Media and Intellectual Property. She sings with the LA Lawyers Philharmonic’s Legal Voices, volunteers with Reading to Kids, and enjoys cake decorating, swing dancing, and pub trivia.
Pooja Patel, Community Engagement
Pooja Patel is a labor and employment associate at Rupal Law. Pooja advises and represents employers and employees in employment-related matters. After obtaining her B.A. in International Studies with Minors in International Economics and French from California State University, Long Beach, Pooja moved to Cleveland, Ohio where she obtained her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, School of Law. Pooja practiced as a labor and employment attorney at a regional law firm in Cleveland, Ohio for almost two years before moving back to Southern California. Pooja remains involved in various legal and non-legal organizations such as the South Asian Network, Legal Aid Society of Orange County, and the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles. During her spare time, Pooja enjoys traveling and taking her dog on hikes.
Moorari K. Shah, Community Engagement
Moorari K. Shah, Counsel in the Los Angeles office of Buckley Sandler LLP, represents bank and non-bank financial institutions in corporate, finance, and transactional matters covering mergers and acquisitions, commercial and consumer lending and leasing, and transaction-related regulatory compliance issues. Moorari organizes SABA-SC’s annual Mentorship Program, which pairs experienced attorneys with young lawyers and law students.
Shuchee Shah, Community Engagement
Shuchee Shah is an associate attorney in the Orange County office of Theodora Oringher. She received her JD from the University of Southern California Gould School on Law. Throughout law school, Shuchee worked in the Mediation Clinic where she mediated over a hundred cases and was on the Executive Board of the Peer Mentor Program. In addition, she served as President of the South Asian Law Student Association and Vice President of the Public Interest Law Foundation. Furthermore, Shuchee was the Senior Production Editor of the Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice and had her note published the 75th edition of the journal. She currently sits on the board of the South Asian Bar Association. Shuchee earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration in 2011.
Ritesh Srivastava is (TBD)
Ruchika Verma, Events
Ruchika Verma is a patent prosecution attorney at Morrison & Foerster LLP. Before joining MoFo, she worked as an extern in the patent pilot program for the Central District of California. Prior to law school, Ms. Verma worked as a firmware engineer developing remote asset and personnel tracking devices. Ms. Verma received her M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson. Ms. Verma received her J.D. from University of California School of Law, Los Angeles, where she was an executive articles editor of the UCLA Journal of Law and Technology (JOLT) and a member of the Business Law Student-Faculty Committee. She received her bachelor of technology in electronics and communications engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, India, where she graduated with honors. Ms. Verma is admitted to practice in California and before the USPTO. She is fluent in Hindi.
Rohit Nath, Events
Rohit Nath is an associate at Susman Godfrey, LLP, where he litigates high-stakes cases across the country. Rohit’s experience includes class actions against life insurance carriers, commercial property disputes, and patent litigation. Before joining Susman Godfrey, Rohit worked as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice and clerked on the Ninth Circuit. Rohit joined SABA-SC’s board in 2018 as Events Co-Director. He has also been actively involved in SABA North America, and this year served as Co-Chair of the 2018 SABA North America Annual Conference in New York. His favorite SABA event is the annual banquet, because it is an opportunity for SABA members to come together with the members of other bar associations.
Madhu Pocha, Judicial Appointments
Madhu Pocha is Counsel in O’Melveny’s Century City office and a member of the Business Trial and Litigation Department. He has worked with a broad range of clients, including companies and individuals in the fields of media, technology, sports, and entertainment. He has argued motions and appeals, taken and defended depositions, interviewed and examined witnesses, and managed complex electronic discovery. Before joining O’Melveny, Madhu worked as a consultant on projects for the U.S. government concerning the Internet, new media, and social networking.
Priya Sopori, Judicial Appointments
Priya Sopori is a partner at Greenberg Glusker, LLP where she specializes in crisis litigation and jury trials. Priya counsels a number of high-profile companies and celebrity clients on a wide variety of issues, including media relationships, employment litigation, and family law litigation in addition to traditional business litigation. Born in New Delhi, Priya immigrated to the United States as a child. She received her B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. She currently serves on the board of Diavolo Dance Theatre and on the Executive Committee of The British-American Project. For several years, Priya was an award-winning Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California where she prosecuted federal crimes involving white collar fraud, violent offenders, and crimes against children. Prior to becoming an AUSA, Priya was a litigator with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and served as General Counsel to The Groundlings Improv Group and Theater.
Shane Hapuarachy, Publicity & Membership
Shane Hapuarachy is a Partner at Cheong, Denove, Rowell, Bennett & Hapuarachy. Shane specializes in litigation. Prior to joining Cheong, Denove, Rowell and Bennett in June 2014, Shane spent four years as an associate in the litigation group at Winston & Strawn, LLP. Shane attained his law degree from Loyola Law School.
Shafiqa Kureshi, Publicity & Membership
Shafiqa Kureshi is an is an Associate at Fragomen’s Irvine office, where she focuses her practice on providing immigration solutions to high net worth individuals. Shafiqa has extensive experience with all employment-based visa categories, including investor visas (e.g., E-2 and EB-5), as well as family-based applications. Shafiqa has experience counseling clients from various industries, including tech start-ups, entertainment production companies and multinational companies, on all aspects of corporate immigration. She has prepared and filed nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions and responded to complex Requests for Evidence. Shafiqa speaks English, Hindi and Urdu.
Labdhi Sheth, Law Student Rep
Labdhi Sheth is a second-year student at Loyola Law School. Currently, she is the Chief Articles Editor of the Loyola Law Review and an active participant in the Health Law Society, Entrepreneurship and Technology Society, and Public Interest Law Foundation. She also enjoyed her judicial externship with USDC Judge Dolly Gee and aspires to be a great litigator. Before law school, she graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Public Health and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Technology.
Dhara Waghela, Law Student Rep
Dhara Waghela is a JD/MBA candidate at UCLA, where she is actively involved in the Health Law Students Association, Entrepreneurship Association and Women’s Law Journal. Prior to law school, Dhara graduated with honors from UC Irvine with degrees in Public Health Science and Economics. Her hobbies include trying new foods, reading, and yoga.
Radha D. S. Kulkarni, Public Interest Foundation Rep
Radha D. S. Kulkarni is a Labor & Employment Associate at Greenberg Traurig LLP in its Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on defending employers in a broad range of single plaintiff and class action employment matters involving claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as California wage and hour issues in state and federal court. Radha additionally counsels employers regarding employment policies and handbooks, disability accommodations, leaves of absence, sexual harassment, exemption and independent contractor misclassification, executive compensation, and employment contract disputes. She also represents clients in trade secret misappropriation and unfair competition disputes. Radha has wide-ranging experience on matters involving complex issues of state and federal civil procedure.
Bobby Malhotra, Public Interest Foundation Rep
Bobby Malhotra is eDiscovery counsel with Munger, Tolles & Olson, where his practice focuses on navigating complex eDiscovery litigation issues. As a member of the firm’s litigation practice, he develops innovative, cost-effective and defensible strategies for the preservation, collection, review and production of electronically stored information. He regularly advises clients on issues related to eDiscovery preparedness, planning and execution as well as information privacy and data security. Mr. Malhotra’s extensive experience includes counseling the firm’s financial institution clients on the unique eDiscovery challenges they face in high-exposure matters arising out of the 2008 financial crisis. Mr. Malhotra received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and a B.S., cum laude, in telecommunications from DeVry Institute of Technology. He is admitted to the California and Illinois bars.