Meet the Board of Directors
Deepa subramanian : Co-president
Deepa Subramanian is an associate in the Labor & Employment practice of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. Ms. Subramanian represents employers, big and small, in matters involving discrimination, harassment and retaliation and also counsels clients on restrictive covenants, wage and hour matters, severance agreements, handbooks and policies, and all aspects of the employment relationship.
Ms. Subramanian received her JD from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 2008 and her BA from Emory University in 2005. During law school, Ms. Subramanian was active with the student bar association, the South Asian Law Students Association, mock trial, and was an Authorities Editor on the Journal of Transnational Law. She worked for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, located in Arusha, Tanzania, during her Fall Semester of her third year at Vanderbilt.
Ms. Subramanian is a co-chair of the Young Professionals for CARE-Atlanta, is a 2016 member of the GA Bar YLD Leadership Academy, is an active member of the YLD’s community service committee, and volunteers with the Junior League of Atlanta.
bidisha idnani : Co-president
Bidisha Idnani is a Child Advocate Attorney for the DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center where she represents the rights of neglected and abused children in dependency proceedings. Prior to that, she was an associate with KPPB Law where her practice focused on business litigation, handling disputes for small and midsize companies.
Ms. Idnani received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. There she served as an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Law and was the President of the South Asian Law Students Association.
sana rupani: secretary
Sana is a Partner at Anderson Rupani & Smith, LLC. As a child of immigrants from Southeast Asia, Sana has a unique perspective on the importance of familial relationships. She guides Georgians through divorce, child custody disputes, child support, and adoption. Sana is honored to expand access to justice to those who speak Hindi, Urdu, or Gujarati.
Sana graduated magna cum laude from Emory University, College of Arts and Sciences with dual degrees in Political Science and Philosophy and earned her J.D. from Emory University School of Law. In law school, Sana worked for the DeKalb County Child Advocates Office, the Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic, and the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office and was greatly involved with the Family and Child Law Society and the South Asian Law Students Association.
alkesh b. patel : Treasurer
Alkesh Patel is an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia in the Business and Finance Section. Mr. Patel provides overall legal representation to various Departments and Agencies of the State of Georgia in a variety of civil matters.
Mr. Patel graduated, cum laude, from Mercer University Walter F. George School of law in 2012. While attending law school, Mr. Patel was the Treasurer for the South Asian Law Students Association as well as the Co-President of the International Law Student Association. Prior to that, he was a financial analyst for three (3) years at various companies in Chicago, IL. Mr. Patel graduated cum laude from Georgia State University where he majored in Finance.
Kaushal Amin is an attorney at SunTrust Banks, Inc. where he focuses on technology-based commercial transactions. He earned his B.A in Political Science and Economics from Emory University and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
While in law school, Mr. Amin served as the Managing Editor of the North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology and as Treasurer of the Asian American Law Students Association.
Tina Thapar is an associate attorney at the Atlanta Divorce Law Group, a firm that specializes in family law matters including divorce, alimony, child custody/support, and modifications. Ms. Thapar, obtained her law degree from Cumberland School of Law in 2014 She is admitted to the Georgia State Bar and the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Georgia. She graduated in 2011 from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.
Waqar is a legal recruiter and attorney who has places lateral associates, partners, and in-house counsels. In his solo practice, Waqar works with small and midsize clients for transactional corporate matters, focusing on contract drafting and commercial agreements.
Waqar holds his JD from Mercer University and his BA in Political Science and English, cum laude, from Georgia State University. During law school, Waqar was heavily involved in public service work; he was a contributing member of The Habeas Project (in which he received a CALI Award) and also was sworn in under Georgia's Third Year Practice Act while working for the Macon Judicial Circuit Public Defender. He is a member of the Georgia Bar, the American Bar Association (ABA), the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA), and the South Asian Bar Association of Georgia (SABA-GA).
Outside of his recruiting and legal practice, Waqar loves playing and watching sports. A first generation Pakistani American, Waqar and his friends founded a non-profit sports foundation welcoming to children of all diverse backgrounds to nurture their sports ambitions.
Samhitha Muralidhar Medatia is an associate at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP. She focuses on patent litigation and client counseling across a wide spectrum of technologies, including pharmaceutical, chemical, and electrical arts. Drawing on her experience at the trial level and on insight gained serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, she represents innovative companies in complex high-stakes litigation at all phases. Ms. Medatia earned her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in 2011 and her B.S. in chemical engineering from Michigan State University in 2007. Before law school, she worked as a chemical process engineer for the Dow Corning Corporation. While living in DC, she served on the Board for the South Asian Bar Association of DC, and devotes a portion of her time to pro bono matters before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and landlord/tenant matters.
Jana Anandarangam received her law degree from Tulane University School of Law in 2013 and graduated from Emory University in 2010 with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Religion-Anthropology.
Umar Bakhsh is a member of Eversheds Sutherland's Intellectual Property Practice Group. Umar counsels his clients on patent litigation, preparation, and prosecution matters. Umar is particularly experienced serving clients in the electro-mechanical, wireless communication, medical device and control system spaces.
Prior to joining Eversheds Sutherland (US), Umar served as an intellectual property associate at a law firm where his practice focused on patent application drafting and patent prosecution matters. Umar also gained experience licensing intellectual property portfolios in the telecommunications, gaming and mobile computing spaces while serving as a law clerk at a law firm in Chicago.