About Us

The South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW), was formed in 2001 and is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization composed of local attorneys and law students, aimed at promoting pro bono legal services and educational outreach with a focus on the South Asian legal community.

Mission Statement

SABAW is an organization of South Asian legal professionals in the Northwest dedicated to providing access to legal resources and support for issues rel­evant to the South Asian community. SABAW is also committed to identifying and advancing the areas where economic, social and political interests intersect with South Asian legal issues. Finally, SABAW serves as a liaison between South Asian legal professionals and the legal community at large.

Board of Directors

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Mudit Kakar – President

Mudit Kakar is a patent litigation associate with the law firm K&L Gates. A graduate of University of Washington School of Law, Mudit moved to the United States in 2003 to attend graduate school. After getting his Ph.D. at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, doing research in gene therapy for leukemia and other cancers, Mudit switched gears to law and moved to Seattle. Mudit has been involved with SABAW since he was a law student, and this is his third year as a board member. A native of New Delhi, Mudit loves his butter-chicken, but does not know how to cook. Mudit lives in downtown Seattle with his dog Maya, who is an honorary SABAW member and the (un)official SABAW dog.We are really proud and excited about our SABAW community, and if you would like to get involved, please do not hesitate to contact myself or one of our Board members!

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Sumona Das Gupta – Immediate Past-President

Sumona Das Gupta has been working for the past four years as a healthcare compliance attorney and is currently serving as the Director of Pharmacy Audit and Compliance for UW Medicine. Her responsibilities include comprehensive program risk assessment and development, legislation analysis, and standardization across five hospitals. As a native of Washington and a double dawg of the University of Washington, Sumona enjoys live music, playing volleyball, and traveling at every free moment.

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Radhika Prahakar – President-Elect

Radhika is a commercial and civil litigation attorney with Lorber, Greenfield, & Polito in its Seattle office. She is passionate about continuing the significance of SABAW in both Seattle and the legal industry. Radhika grew up in India and Singapore, and is always looking for an excuse to travel. Although a lover of sunshine and warm skies, her love of books helps her weather the Seattle rain. Radhika is conversant in Hindi, Tamil, and Marathi.

Kiran Griffith – Board Member At-Large

Amrita Srivastava – Board Member At-Large

Amrita Srivastava is a Partner at Desh International. She focuses her practice on business law, intellectual property, non-profits, and cross-border transactions with India. Amrita graduated from Seattle University School of Law with a J.D., Cum Laude. In law school, she received a CALI award for best performance in Payment Law and externed as a Law Clerk at the United States District Court for Western District of Washington for the Honorable Monica J. Benton. She was also the northwest regional representative of the National American South Asian Law Students Association. Apart from regular practice, Ms. Srivastava volunteers for various organizations such as Washington Association of Attorneys for Community Organizations, Housing Justice Project in Kent, and the Eastside Legal Clinic. Amrita is fluent in Hindi.

M. Abbas Rizvi – Secretary

Abbas is a longtime member and first-year secretary with SABAW. He is also a part of the scholarship and social events committees. He enjoys SABAW events, especially the ones he helps organize. When he’s not attending to SABAW business, he is an attorney at the Northwest Justice Project. At NJP, he practices family law and focuses on advising and representing survivors of domestic violence in family law actions. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and Gonzaga University School of Law.

Shanthi Raghu – Board Member At-Large

Shanthi Raghu currently is serving her fourth consecutive year on the board of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington. She currently works as Education Programs Lead at the Washington State Bar Association. Shanthi graduated cum laude with a BA from the University of Washington, majoring in English with honors and minoring in Anthropology. While attending Seattle University School of Law, she served on the editorial board of the Seattle Journal of Social Justice. She graduated in 2009 and is admitted to practice in the state of Washington. A native of Seattle, Shanthi enjoys hiking, running half marathons, yoga and spending time with her loved ones.

M. Abbas Rizvi – Secretary

Aneesh Metha – SABA North America Liason

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Akshat Divatia – Board Member At-Large

Akshat leads the Immigration Practice Group at Desh International and Business Law in Bellevue. He specializes in providing simplified immigration solutions and creative advocacy to entrepreneurs and individuals. Akshat represents businesses, investors, nonprofits, families, and battered persons in a wide variety of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters, in addition to helping permanent residents preserve their status in this country and become naturalized citizens. His pro bono commitment sees him volunteer regularly at various free legal clinics/workshops in the greater Seattle area. In his third year as an at-large board member of SABAW, Akshat is honored and pleased to have helped in the creation and growth of SABAW’s free legal clinic. When not practicing law or (re)discovering the beauty of Puget Sound with his family, Akshat devotes all remaining time to soccer. Akshat speaks Gujarati, Hindi, Spanish, and Catalan.
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Zainab Hussain: Board Member At-Large 

Zainab received her J.D. in 2013 from Seattle University, and is a business attorney specializing in data privacy and intellectual property at Foundry Law Group. She thrives on working with innovative companies, whether startups, growth companies or enterprise level entities, to manage, protect, and leverage their intellectual assets. She enjoys traveling with her husband, is an avid marathoner (on Netflix), loves a good Spin class and makes time to put brush to canvas as often as possible. Zainab speaks Hindi and Gujarati.
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Ranjit Narayanan – Interim Treasurer

Ranjit is an in-house attorney at Microsoft where he serves as product counsel for the Cloud & Enterprise division. Before joining Microsoft, Ranjit was an IP and antitrust litigator at Orrick, Herrington, and Sutcliffe. He has an active pro-bono practice focused on immigration issues. Before changing careers to pursue the law, Ranjit was a software engineer at Microsoft.

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Hardeep Singh Rekhi: Member-at-Large 

Hardeep Singh Rekhi has been an attorney for over 10 years in the area of representing Plaintiffs. Prior to becoming an attorney, he attended Whitman College. Mr. Rekhi earned his Juris Doctor at Tulane Law School, Cum Laude. Mr. Rekhi currently practices at Rekhi & Wolk, P.S. His practice focuses on immigration, individual rights as well as class action wage and hour litigation. Mr. Rekhi was presented the Carl Maxey Award in 2012. From 2013 to 2015 he was selected as a “super lawyer.” Mr. Rekhi currently sits on the board for the Washington Employment Lawyers Association (WELA), an organization of plaintiffs’ employment counsel. He is also an Eagle Member at Washington State Association for Justice.

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Aditi Aggarwal – Board Member At Large

Aditi works as a tax consultant in the transfer pricing group at Deloitte Tax. She completed her LL.M. in tax law from the University of Washington School of Law, earned her J.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia and her bachelors degree from University of California- San Diego. Prior to her current position, she clerked for a state Judge in Philadelphia. Aditi has been an active member of SABA in Philadelphia and Seattle for the last six years. She recently gave birth to a baby daughter and is enjoying settling in her new role as a mother.

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Iasha Chaudhry – Liaison to National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Iasha Chaudhry is an IP attorney currently working at UW’s technology transfer office, CoMotion. She specializes in patent procurement and technology licensing matters. Prior to her legal career, Iasha worked in biotech research at the University of British Columbia for almost 7 years. In addition to working with SABAW, she is a member of the Asian Bar Association of Washington, and WSBA’s IP and international sections. Iasha enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and working out. She is fluent in Hindi/Urdu and Punjabi.