Vani Vedam, President
Debjani Dasgupta, President Elect
Sameer Ghaznavi, Secretary
Before joining Chapman in 2015, Sameer worked as Corporate Counsel for a retail power and natural gas affiliate of a Fortune 200 energy company. In that position, he prepared and negotiated retail electric purchase and sale agreements with various commercial, industrial, and municipal entities, as well as power purchase agreements for renewable energy. Sameer has also served as Legal Counsel for a publicly traded independent power producer based out of Alberta, Canada, where he assisted the company on US and Canadian operational matters, including structuring and negotiating engineering, procurement and construction agreements, professional services agreement, operations and maintenance agreements, turbine supply and leasing agreements, long term service agreements, and the sale of renewable assets. His additional experience includes commodity derivatives transactions, renewable energy credits and certificates transactions, and emissions allowance transactions.
Arsalan Nayani, Treasurer
Nikki Bhargava, VP of Programming
Chirag Patel, VP Public Relations
Nidhi Chaudhary, General Director
Aon Hussain, General Director
Aon Hussain is an associate in the Insurance practice. Aon focuses his practice in the areas of insurance coverage analysis and insurance coverage litigation. He represents insurers in matters in connection with insurance issues, including claims related to commercial general liability coverage and first party property coverage. In addition, he advises insurers regarding a broad range of insurance coverage and litigation matters involving state and federal law throughout the country.
Abhinav Lohia, General Director
Abhi got admitted in the Bar Council of Delhi, India in 2007. He practiced law at the Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Delhi for five years before moving to the United States. He graduated from the Masters of Law (LL.M.) program at the George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C. in 2013.
Abhi has been practicing U.S. Immigration law since 2013 and represents High Net Worth Individuals and Corporates from India and South East Asia.
Priti Nemani Connor, General Director
Jinal Patel, General Director
Jinal Patel is an Associate with Leahy, Eisenberg & Fraenkel. Jinal specializes in the litigation of worker’s compensation defense matters including management of cases from assignment through arbitration and review; conducting settlement negotiations; conducting depositions; and presenting motions and oral arguments before Arbitrators and Commissioners.
Jinal is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Political Science and Psychology. She is also a graduate of the Chicago Kent College of Law, class of 2015. While in law school, Jinal was a Judicial Extern for the Domestic Relations division in the 12th Circuit and served as the President of the Child and Family Law Society of Chicago-Kent.
Ronak Patel, General Director
Ronak Patel is a patent attorney whose practice focuses on mechanical and electromechanical technologies. He received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and went on to receive a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law with a certificate in Intellectual Property Law. While attending law school, Ronak held an externship with the Honorable Amy St. Eve at the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Prior to attending law school, Ronak worked as a Mechanical Engineer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory where he designed and developed electromechanical structures for particle accelerators as well as oversaw their manufacture both domestically and abroad. Prior to that, he worked as a Mechanical/Propulsion Engineer for United Launch Alliance in Littleton, CO. There, he performed various analyses relating to electromechanical valves and pressure systems for the Delta IV Rocket.
Laxmi Sararhy, General Director
Payal Shah, General Director
Payal Shah is a health care attorney and works on compliance and contract issues at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. She has experience and knowledge in policy analysis, regulatory compliance, contract drafting and government relations. Prior to joining Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Payal worked as Assistant Counsel at the Illinois Office of Senate President, John J. Cullerton, in Springfield, Illinois where she researched, drafted and analyzed health care bills and collaborated with legislators at the Statehouse. She also clerked at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Health Care Bureau and at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Payal also serves as Vice-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association, Alliance for Women Committee and as a Board Member on the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum and on the Board of Directors for the Natya Dance Theatre. Payal received her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis with a concentration in health care law and her B.S. in Finance from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is admitted to the bars in Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and District of Columbia.
Anni Singh, General Director
Sheetal Parikh, IAC Clinic Co-Director
She has been an in house attorney for the wealth management business of a large financial services firm for over 5 years. Prior to that, Sheetal was an associate at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg. She attended the University of Chicago for her undergraduate studies and obtained her law degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Sameen Zia, IAC Clinic Co-Director