SABA-NC Board of Directors

2019-2020

Aroma Sharma Shah  President

Aroma Sharma Shah

President

Aroma Sharma Shah is an attorney in McDermott Will & Emery's corporate practice group. Her practice is focused on the representation of emerging and middle market companies in a broad range of industries. She assists Silicon Valley businesses with complex and sophisticated transactions and advises on formation and operation, financing, mergers and acquisitions and restructuring of business entities. Aroma has a special interest in working with social enterprises. Prior to returning to the Bay Area, Aroma completed a Fellowship in Law, Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise at NYU Law's Jacobson Leadership Program for Law and Business.

Aroma earned her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, and her B.A. and B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Charanjit Brahma President Elect

Charanjit Brahma
President Elect

Charanjit (Charan) Brahma is a partner at Troutman Sanders LLP and focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, appeals and counseling. He serves on the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion and Recruiting Committees and Life Sciences Industry team. Charan has served as Gala Chair and Secretary of SABA-NC, as well as President-elect for SABA-DC. 

Charan received his J.D. from UC Hastings in 1999, and is currently President of the Board of Governors of the Alumni Association. He also received a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan, respectively. He lives in Piedmont with his wife, Priti, and son, Arun.

William David Vice President

William David
Vice President

Will is an employment associate at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.  He focuses on employment defense, spending a majority of his time on advice and counsel work, with the remaining time dedicated to defending employers of all sizes against wage and hour claims, and a variety of other employment claims in litigation and administrative matters.  He specializes in providing anti-harassment and anti-bullying trainings, and ban-the-box compliance.  He earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and his B.A. from Fordham University.

Ravdeep Grewal Treasurer

Ravdeep Grewal
Treasurer

Ravdeep (Rav) S. Grewal is an associate at Jackson Lewis P.C. Before joining Jackson Lewis, Rav was at a San Francisco law firm. His practice focuses on litigation and risk management counseling in all areas of state and federal employment law, where he represents both employees and employers.

Rav attended the University of California, Berkeley, earning degrees in both Economics and Political Science, before earning his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Davis School of Law. Ravdeep was the inaugural recipient of the SABA-NC Rising Star Award. In his free time, Ravdeep enjoys boxing, reading books on strategic warfare, and attempting to cook.

Nabeel Ahmad Secretary

Nabeel Ahmad
Secretary

Nabeel Ahmad is Legal Counsel at TaskRabbit. Before joining TaskRabbit, Nabeel was Senior Labor & Employment Associate in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw and Senior Commercial Litigation Associate at a Boston law firm. He earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, and his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Seema Bhatt Communications

Seema Bhatt
Communications

Seema Bhatt is an Associate at Minami Tamaki, a San Francisco-based law firm serving clients in the areas of Consumer and Employment Rights, Corporate and Nonprofit Counseling, Immigration, Personal Injury, and Entertainment. Prior to that, she worked in Los Angeles as a personal injury and general litigation attorney where she was lead counsel on two jury trials and second counsel on two others. She also achieved and assisted in the negotiation of large settlements for her clients, including a 3 million dollar settlement with the City of Manhattan Beach. Seema received her J.D. cum laude in 2010 from Wake Forest Law School and a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Davis in 2007. After law school Seema volunteered full-time with a non-profit in San Francisco working with domestic violence victims and other less fortunate families on issues involving family, immigration, elder, and tax law.

Preeti K. Bajwa Endorsements

Preeti K. Bajwa
Endorsements

Preeti K. Bajwa is a deputy attorney general at the California Attorney General’s office, where she is in the correctional law section.  In this capacity, she defends section 1983 actions in federal court and state lawsuits initiated by prisoner-plaintiffs.  Prior to joining the Attorney General’s office, Preeti worked in the criminal defense arena, first at the Santa Clara Public Defender’s Office, then Sacramento Public Defender’s Office, and also at her own law firm, representing indigent clients in state and federal court. Preeti has previously served at Endorsements Chair and Vice-President for SABA-NC.  She has also served as the Sponsorship Chair for SABA North America.

Preeti earned her JD/MBA from Loyola Marymount University, and her BA in Finance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

Anisha Mangalick  Events

Anisha Mangalick
Events

Anisha Mangalick is a technology attorney at Zendesk, focusing on privacy law and commercial transactions. She is also a Fellow with the Internet Law and Policy Foundry and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). Anisha has previously worked in both public and private sectors, including organizations such as Tipalti, the Wikimedia Foundation, and the State of Minnesota Judicial Branch.

Smita Rajmohan Events

Smita Rajmohan
Events

Smita Rajmohan is a dual qualified attorney in India and California. She is currently an associate in the Technology Transactions Group at Cooley LLP in Palo Alto where she works on cutting edge technology-related commercial transactions.  Smita represents some of the world’s most exciting and disruptive brands and startups. Her clients include household names in Internet, digital and social media, entertainment companies, blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, multinational retail corporations, and educational institutions. Smita has experience drafting and negotiating a wide range of commercial, IP and technology agreements and is a frequent speaker on data privacy and cybersecurity issues. Smita obtained a Masters in Law and Technology (LL.M.) at the University of California, Berkeley where she served as an Associate Editor for the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. Smita has previously worked as an IP transactions associate at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP in San Francisco and as a litigation attorney before the Supreme Court of India.

Sarita Venkat In-House Programming

Sarita Venkat
In-House Programming

Sarita Venkat is Senior Director at ServiceNow.

 

Ashish Bhatt Law Student Relations and Mentorship

Ashish Bhatt
Law Student Relations and Mentorship

Ashish Bhatt is an attorney at Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP (BAL). He practices corporate business immigration and processes high-volume immigrant and non-immigrant visa petitions for large corporate clients. Before joining BAL, Ashish worked as a criminal prosecutor in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also performs pro bono service representing clients in asylum and other immigration matters. Ashish earned his J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from University of California, Davis.

Siraj Husain Pro Bono Committee Co-Chair

Siraj Husain
Pro Bono Committee Co-Chair

Siraj Husain is a patent attorney in Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton’s intellectual property practice group. Siraj focuses his practice on intellectual property and patent strategy in various technical areas with an emphasis in software and computer science. His practice includes assisting clients develop their patent portfolio strategy, identifying patentable inventions, as well as preparing and prosecuting patent applications, both in the United States and internationally.

Mazarin Vakharia Pro Bono Committee Co-Chair

Mazarin Vakharia
Pro Bono Committee Co-Chair

Mazarin Vakharia is an experienced attorney who has represented a wide variety of individuals and businesses, including public entities, real estate developers, non-profit organizations, and professional corporations.  Mazarin advises clients in a number of areas, including planning and zoning law, as well as Public Records and Brown Act compliance, and police matters. She has significant experience in drafting and amending ordinances, resolutions, policies and procedures, as well as advising on contracts, service agreements, and documents prepared for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act.

Yaamini Rao Public Interest Programming

Yaamini Rao
Public Interest Programming

Yaamini Rao is a Deputy Public Defender at Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office.