About

The South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey (SABA-NJ) is a voluntary association of attorneys and professionals in the New Jersey area. SABA-NJ is dedicated to the needs, concerns, and interests of the South Asian community in New Jersey.

We support the professional development and advancement of our members through networking opportunities, educational events, mentoring, and advocacy. Our objectives are to provide a networking forum for all South Asian attorneys and law students in the New Jersey area, and to educate and disseminate information to the South Asian community in New Jersey about legal access and relevant legal issues. SABA-NJ also collaborates with other bar associations and voluntary organizations to maximize diversity in professional networking opportunities and the organization’s visibility in the community.

SABA-NJ is a chapter of the South Asian Bar Association of North America which provides a vital link between South Asian lawyers and the South Asian community across North America. Learn more about SABANA here.

2022 EXECUTIVE BOARD AND TRUSTEES

Rachna B. Malkana, Esq.

President


Rachna B. Malkana is an attorney admitted to the State of New Jersey. Her area of practice is real estate law, both commercial and residential. Ms. Malkana obtained her B.S. degree from Rutgers University with a major in Administration of Justice and a minor in Psychology. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law. She worked with a private law firm in New York and New Jersey in areas of litigation, class action suits and mediation/arbitration. She formed her own practice in 2003 as Law Offices of Rachna B. Malkana and has been serving on the board of SABA-NJ since 2016 as Executive Liaison to Law Students, Treasurer, Vice-President and then President-Elect.

Rippi K. Karda, Esq.

President-Elect


As an Associate General Counsel in the Public Policy, Law and Security department at Verizon Communications Inc., Rippi handles contracts for Sourcing involving Human Resources Benefits/Plans, Supplier Diversity, Advertising Agencies, Contact Centers, Contingent Workforce, Executive Recruiting and Collection Services. In addition to being a part of the Legal team, she works with the Diversity Equity & Inclusion Council, PACE AND WAVE organizations at Verizon.

At Verizon, she has received the prestigious Pro Bono Service Award for recognition of her meaningful legal contributions in domestic violence and corporate matters. Rippi speaks frequently on diversity and corporate matters, as well as, provides pro bono legal services to those affected by domestic violence.

Prior to entering the prominent Technology industry, Rippi worked at several well known Pharmaceutical and Biomedical companies. In these various roles, she supported commercial as well as research and development contracts; reviewed multimedia-branded promotional materials; and participated in regulatory, medical and legal review boards for orthopedics, gastroenterology and oncology products. Additionally, she provided counsel and guidance on complex matters related to Antitrust, Fraud and Abuse, FCPA, PhRMA Code and Physician Agreements.

Rippi is a member of the NAMWOLF organization that focuses on promoting diversity in the legal profession by fostering successful relationships among preeminent minority and women-owned law firms and private/public entities. Furthermore, she is a Board Member and CFO of WEN - Women’s Excellence Network - an organization that is dedicated to increasing its collective power to positively impact high performing women in the legal profession. Additionally, she serves as the 2022 President-Elect of the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey (SABA-NJ) and Co-Chair of the Punjabi Chamber of Commerce in New Jersey. Lastly, in 2021, she was appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement.

Currently, she runs a LinkedIn series entitled “Attorney of the Week” to highlight the notable achievements and designations of diverse attorneys. Likewise, she started a “Business of the Week” LinkedIn series in 2021 to showcase various entities’ products and services on a complimentary basis.

Jason Sumbaly, Esq.

Vice President


Jason Sumbaly is an Insurance Coverage Associate at Cohen Ziffer Frenchman & McKenna. He is also the Vice President for the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey. This is his fourth term as an Executive Board member, previously serving as Secretary, Director of Sponsorships and Law School Liaison. Jason clerked for the Honorable Zahid N. Quraishi, U.S.M.J. for the District of New Jersey.

Prior to his clerkship, Jason was an Associate with a large NJ law firm in their Insurance Recovery, Litigation & Counseling group. Jason received his B.A. in Philosophy and History from Seton Hall University, his M.A. in International Relations from Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy and International Relations, and his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.

Chinsu Shajan, Esq.

Treasurer


Chinsu Shajan is an Associate and member of Stark & Stark’s Accident and Personal Injury Group. Chinsu concentrates her practice on serious personal injuries, motor vehicle accidents, premise liability claims, negligent security claims, wrongful death, and product liability matters. Chinsu also sits on the Board of Trustees of NonProfitConnect. Prior to joining Stark & Stark, Chinsu served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Thomas W. Summers, Jr., J.A.D., of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division. As a law clerk, she worked with civil, criminal, chancery, and family matters on appeal. She also interned for Partners for Women and Justice and the City of Elizabeth Law Department. Chinsu received her law degree from Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey. During her time at Rutgers, she served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Rutgers Law Record. She was also president of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and Stop Violence Against Women. Chinsu is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York and speaks Malayalam fluently.

Amrit P. Singh, Esq.

Co-Secretary


Amrit P. Singh is an Associate in the Business and Commercial group at Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C. He assists with the representation of local and international corporate clients in state and federal courts in various aspects of litigation across a wide array of commercial matters. Amrit also has experience in employment matters, professional liability matters, and with securities litigation, having assisted in the representation of financial institutions before FINRA. Dual barred in New York and New Jersey, Amrit graduated from Rutgers Law School - Newark and received his undergraduate degree from Stony Brook University.

Aneri R. Shah, Esq.

Co-Secretary


Aneri Shah serves as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Assignment Judge of the Morris/Sussex vicinage. She attended Seton Hall University School of Law and received her J.D. in May 2021. She holds a B.A. cum laude in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. Aneri has been involved with SABA-NJ since her 1L year. She later served as a Law Student Liaison in 2019. During her years at Seton Hall Law, she worked as a Research Assistant for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion where she assisted the dean in developing programming to promote diversity and inclusion among the student body. In addition, she served as an Associate Editor of the Seton Hall Law Review. After her clerkship, Aneri hopes to practice civil litigation and is thrilled to remain involved with SABA-NJ.

Sunita Patel, Esq.

Public Relations Director


Sunita is a Senior Counsel at AmerisourceBergen, supporting the health systems and government contracting business units. Prior to joining AmerisourceBergen, Sunita was an associate at Lowenstein Sandler LLP where she focused primarily on corporate and life science matters. She was also involved in the operations of the firm's Diversity Leadership Network and helped organize events such as the firm's first Law School Summit for Diverse Law Students.

Sunita attended Rutgers University for her undergraduate education, where she was a member of the Honors Program and served on the executive board of the Association of Indians at Rutgers. She then graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law with a concentration in Health Law and was Business Editor of the Seton Hall Law Review. During her time in law school, Sunita also served as President of the Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association.

Rasmeet K. Chahil, Esq.

Director of Sponsorships


Rasmeet Chahil is an associate in the White Collar Criminal Defense group at Lowenstein Sandler. Rasmeet represents clients in internal investigations, commercial litigation, and white collar criminal defense matters. She has successfully represented individuals and companies in government investigations, including SEC and state attorneys general investigations. Rasmeet also has significant experience litigating all phases of bankruptcy matters. That experience encompasses every stage of bankruptcy litigation from investigating potential claims and causes of action through Rule 2004 examinations to commencing adversary proceedings on behalf of liquidating trusts. Rasmeet also maintains a robust pro bono practice, representing children seeking asylum and domestic violence victims in their final restraining order proceedings through the firm’s partnerships with Kids in Need of Defense and Partners for Women and Justice.

Rasmeet graduated from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan Law School. While in law school, Rasmeet served as executive editor of the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law. She was president of the Michigan Law ACLU Chapter and culture chair of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.

Sameer Prasla

Law Student Liaison


Sameer Prasla is the Law Student Liaison for SABA-NJ. He is a second-year law student at Rutgers Law School-Newark. Before law school, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Texas at Austin (Hook em’). In law school, he is a Student Ambassador for the New York City Bar Association, a member of the Minority Student Program, and an Associate Editor for the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal. Further, he is a Research Assistant to Dean Kim and a Teaching Fellow for Professor Kettle’s contracts class. He was a 1L Summer Associate at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney, & Carpenter.

Bhaveen R. Jani, Esq.

Immediate Past President


Bhaveen R. Jani, Esq. currently serves as the Immediate Past President of SABA-NJ. Bhaveen is a Shareholder in the Accident & Personal Injury Group at Stark & Stark in Princeton, NJ. He is a personal injury trial attorney and represents numerous South Asian clients. Bhaveen has multiple winning verdicts at trial including a six figure verdict. The firm has approximately 100 lawyers and he practices throughout the state of New Jersey. He focuses his practice in the areas of automobile and tractor trailer crashes, wrongful death and premises liability claims. Bhaveen appears frequently in federal and state courts and appellate courts in New Jersey.

Prior to joining Stark & Stark, Bhaveen practiced at a personal injury firm and a large national firm in Princeton. He also has experience representing physicians, dentists, and hospitals in medical malpractice and other general liability matters. Combined, this has enabled Bhaveen to most effectively represent victims of personal injury. Bhaveen is in a unique position because he is able to utilize his knowledge and experience as a defense attorney in his current role at the firm.

Before he earned his law degree from Villanova University, School of Law, Bhaveen attended The George Washington University, School of Business in Washington D.C. Bhaveen has a degree in Finance and worked at a large investment firm in New York City prior to attending law school.

Diversity and inclusion is extremely important to Bhaveen both professionally and personally. In addition to his work with SABA-NJ, Bhaveen also serves on the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee at Stark & Stark. Bhaveen also serves on the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee of the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ).

Bhaveen has been a lifelong resident of New Jersey and grew up in Edison. He currently resides in Hunterdon County with his wife Shreena and their three boys.

Bhavini Doshi, Esq.

Trustee - North Jersey


Bhavini A. Doshi concentrates her practice in the areas of redevelopment, environmental, infrastructure, government and renewable energy. She provides her clients a range of general counsel services including procurement, corporate governance, regulatory guidance and legislation drafting, transaction negotiation and document preparation, settlement and risk management, and appearance before governing bodies and at public meetings. Bhavini regularly advises on project finance structures such as the use of PILOTs and other local, state and federal incentive programs, the implementation of state and/or federally monitored environmental remediation/LSRP projects, and the execution of complex infrastructure and real estate transactions. Bhavini’s special counsel areas include sustainable development and infrastructure, renewable energy and resiliency.

Representative matters include:
  • General Counsel to large water utility on wide-range of matters including procurement, environmental and real estate; renewable energy projects include floating solar and hydropower project
  • Lead counsel on number of large redevelopment projects involving complex real estate and planning matters, environmental and flood plain issues, public infrastructure upgrades, modern transit and renewable energy solutions
  • Special Energy Counsel for NJBPU Community Solar Pilot Program; Landfill Solar Project
  • Supervision of hundreds of transactional and governance matters as Supervisory Assistant Corporation Counsel in Jersey City, including two of the largest chromium clean-ups in Hudson County, establishment of Jersey City’s first “Office of Sustainability”, solar installation at the City’s DPW facility, citywide electric vehicle charging stations, green infrastructure and procurement of smart-city technologies

Bhavini received her J.D. from Boston College Law School and her B.A. from Rutgers University, where she was also a fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and a scholar at the Institute for Women’s Leadership. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.

Gigio Ninan, Esq.

Trustee - Central Jersey


Gigio Ninan is a Trustee of the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey, and the current Chancellor of Rutgers Law Alumni Association-Camden (10000+ alumni). Gigio practices in the area of business and employment counseling and litigation in NY/NJ/PA. Gigio exemplifies the passion for paying it forward to future leaders through his stellar accomplishments, leadership and service to others. After graduating cum laude from Binghamton University in 2008, Gigio earned his law degree from Rutgers University in 2011, where he served on a Journal. Gigio went on to clerk for the Hon. Stephen M. Holden, Ph.D., and worked national firms before founding Shankar Ninan.

Gigio has been recognized several times:
  • 2016-22 Superlawyers Rising Star
  • 2021 Rutgers Law Alumni Distinguished Recent Graduate Award recipient
  • 2019 Binghamton Lois B. DeFleur Distinguished Alumnus award recipient
  • 2017 New Leader of the Bar by New Jersey Law Journal (“40 under 40”)
  • Gigio served as VP of Young Lawyers, and as the VP of Private Sector for the South Asian Bar Association of NY where he raised over $25,000 to fund law student summer public-interest fellowships.

    Gigio's professional accomplishments, hard work, energy and drive are impressive, but equally impressive is his commitment to Rutgers Law School, Binghamton University, and the South Asian Bar Association.

Mahesh Rajan, Esq.

Trustee - Central Jersey


Mahesh Rajan is the Managing Partner of Rajan & Rajan, LLP. With over 19 years of experience, Mahesh continues to assist his clients across several practice areas. He manages a general practice law firm with two locations in Middlesex County covering a wide range of legal practices including commercial transactions, family law, immigration, and civil litigation. Mahesh concentrates his practice in complex commercial transactions including franchise law, hospitality and large commercial closings throughout the United States. He also manages the firm’s family law practice including divorce, child custody, prenuptial agreements and domestic violence.

Mahesh graduated from Boston University where he earned a B.A. in Business Administration with dual concentrations in Finance and Operations Management, and later received his Juris Doctorate and Masters of Business Administration from Seton Hall University.

Mahesh is admitted to the New Jersey and New York State Bars and District Court of New Jersey. Mahesh is the past founding Vice President of SABA-NJ and has served on the District VIII Ethics Committee for the Office of Attorney Ethics. Mahesh is also the recipient of the 2021 SABA Solo/Small Firm Award.

Amit Parikh, Esq.

Trustee - South Jersey


Amit Parikh is a registered patent attorney currently in-house at Comcast. Amit has vast experience in software patent prosecution and has prepared numerous patent applications and successfully obtained patents for his clients in various technical areas, including video delivery, broadband, network management, home security, IOT, artificial intelligence, machine learning, advertising, blockchain, and many other areas. Amit also provides counseling in patent licensing, mergers and acquisitions, open source, and other intellectual property matters. Amit received his J.D. from Fordham Law School, and is currently admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Prior to becoming an attorney, Amit was an engineer at Citigroup, and received his B.S. in Computer Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.