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.


Sonia Lakhany : Co-vice president

Sonia Lakhany is an attorney at Lakhany Law, PC and focuses her practice on trademark and copyright prosecution, as well as corporate and transactional law matters.  In addition to her law practice, Ms. Lakhany is an instructor at the Trademark Institute of Training, where she lectures on trademark law basics and the mechanics of trademark prosecution.  She also speaks and blogs regularly on intellectual property under the name "Lady Lanham, Esq."

Ms. Lakhany stays active in the Atlanta legal community in several ways.  For the Intellectual Property Section of the Georgia State Bar, she serves as Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Division - Intellectual Property (YLD-IP) Lawyers Committee and a member of the Trademark Committee.  For the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL), she serves on the Mentoring Committee and leads a monthly Breakfast Mentoring Circle.   

Ms. Lakhany earned her J.D. at Emory University School of Law, with a focus on intellectual property.  As part of her J.D. program, Ms. Lakhany spent her final semester at The Georgia Washington University Law School in Washington, DC completing coursework in the intellectual property LLM program and concurrently held an internship at the United States Copyright Office.  She also authored an independent copyright law research paper entitled, "There's More Than One Way to Skin the Mouse: A Comparative Analysis of Fictional Character Protection," which won first place in the Emory Law ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition.


Zain kapadia: Co-vice president

Zain Kapadia is an associate at Weener & Nathan, LLP.  Mr. Kapadia has advised clients on a variety of legal issues, including contracts and breach of contracts, insurance coverage, commercial litigation, and other matters. In addition to his court experience, Mr. Kapadia works with clients to develop strategies to avoid claims and litigation and has represented clients in resolving issues through alternative dispute resolutions. 

Mr. Kapadia was raised in Fayetteville, Georgia and graduated from Sandy Creek High School. After completing his undergraduate studies at Emory University with a double major in Political Science and Economics, he went on to attend the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. Throughout law school, Mr. Kapadia focused his studies in classes pertaining to the field of business and law. Mr. Kapadia graduated from Mercer in May of 2013 and was admitted into the Georgia bar in the fall of 2013.


Jana anandarangam: secretary

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.

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.

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akash desai

Akash Desai is a litigation associate at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.  His practice at Kilpatrick Townsend focuses on technology-based and complex commercial litigation.  Prior to joining Kilpatrick Townsend, Akash clerked for a federal district judge in Nashville, Tennessee and practiced litigation in the New York office of a large international law firm.

Mr. Desai received his B.A. with High Honors in Political Science from the University Rochester and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.  Mr. Desai also earned his LLM in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law.


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

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 khawaja

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.