Meet the Board of Directors
Alkesh Patel : president
Alkesh Patel is an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia in the Business and Finance Section. Alkesh provides overall legal representation to various Departments and Agencies of the State of Georgia in a variety of civil matters.
Alkesh Patel graduated, cum laude, from Mercer University Walter F. George School of law in 2012. While attending law school, he 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. Alkesh graduated cum laude from Georgia State University where he majored in Finance.
tina thapar : vice president
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.
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.
kaushal amin: Treasurer
Kaushal Amin serves as in-house counsel at Fiserv, Inc., a large financial services technology company, where he works on commercial technology transactions supporting the e-Payments and Digital Channels group. He earned his B.A 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. He is also a member of the Georgia Bar YLD Leadership Academy Class of 2018.
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.
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.
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.
Devang Patel is an Associate at Fragomen’s Atlanta office. He advises corporations and individuals on a wide range of employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant matters, with a focus on foreign investors. This includes all aspects of nonimmigrant visas for high skilled workers, the PERM labor certification process, immigrant petitions, consular processing and adjustment of status. He also prepares responses to Requests for Evidence issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services on a range of issues. Dev speaks English and Gujarati.
Sheena is originally from New York and moved to Atlanta six years ago. She obtained both her M.A. in Literary Studies and her J.D. from Georgia State University, and she is licensed in Georgia. Sheena is currently practicing at Chugh as a litigation and transactional associate.