2017 Executive Board

Bhaveen R. Jani


Bhaveen R. Jani, Esq. serves as the President of the South Asian Bar Association of NJ. Bhaveen has been an integral part of the organization for the past 5 years as he has served in various roles on the executive board. Bhaveen is an Associate in the Personal Injury department of Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman where he is a trial attorney. He concentrates his practice in the areas of motor vehicle personal injury and premises liability claims. Prior to joining the firm, Bhaveen was an Associate at Blank Rome LLP where he practiced in the consumer finance litigation group and litigated matters on behalf of mortgage servicers and lenders. Additionally, Bhaveen has significant experience representing physicians, dentists, and hospitals in medical malpractice and other general liability matters. Through his years of experience, Bhaveen has honed in his legal ability and can effectively represent victims of personal injury. Additionally, 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. Bhaveen is a graduate of Villanova University School of Law and completed his undergraduate degree in finance at The George Washington University in Washington D.C. Bhaveen is licensed to practice before the courts of New Jersey and New York. In addition to his obligations for SABA-NJ Bhaveen is also a member of several other organizations including: the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA); the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ); and the Middlesex County Bar Association (MCBA). Bhaveen’s law office is located in Princeton, NJ at 100 Nassau Park Boulevard, Suite 111, Princeton, NJ 08540, Telephone: (609) 520-0900 and also in Edison, NJ at One Quality Place, 2124 Oak Tree Road, Suite 315, Edison, NJ 08820, Telephone: (732) 986-9941. If you would like to contact him and collaborate on any events please give him a call or email him at bjani@pralaw.com.

Sharmila D. Jaipersaud


Sharmila D. Jaipersaud is a member of Schenck, Price, Smith & King’s Health Care Law Practice Group and Corporate Practice Group. She practices primarily in health care transactional matters, working with hospitals, health care systems, physicians, practice groups and other health care professionals. She has extensive experience with general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, business succession planning, employment matters, real estate, software licensing, EMR agreements, day-to-day operations and other transactional matters. She advises healthcare practitioners, individual physicians, and practice groups on a variety of corporate health care transactions and regulatory matters such as: business structuring, leasing, contracting, regulatory compliance, Anti-Kickback laws, Stark law, HIPAA and the corporate practice of medicine. Sharmila has also lectured in the Tri-State area at various hospitals and to physicians and physician practice groups regarding contracting issues. Sharmila graduated from Rutgers Law School- Camden and is licensed to practice in both New York and New Jersey. Sharmila has been in practice for almost 15 years. In addition to her role with SABA-NJ, she is a board member and co-chair of the Diversity Committee of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and a board member of the Women in the Profession Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is also a member of Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP), the Health Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the American Health Lawyers Association. In addition, Sharmila serves as a board member for the Cancer Support Community of Central New Jersey, a non-profit organization providing psychosocial support services to address the emotional and social impact of cancer. Her areas of practice are: health care, general corporate matters, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, real estate, compliance matters, vendor contracts, and business counseling on day-to-day matters.

Prema Roddam

Vice President

Prema is an attorney with Chugh, LLP practicing in the areas of Corporate Law, Employment Law, Immigration Law, Family Law and Commercial Litigation. Prema clerked for Judge Diane Clarke Streett in the Delaware Superior Court and for Judge Arnold New in the Philadelphia Commerce Court. She received her JD with pro-bono distinction from Widener University Delaware Law School. She also serves on the board of SABA-NY (South Asian Bar Association of New York). She volunteers her time towards pro-bono activities providing advocacy and legal assistance for Manavi [(www.manavi.org](http://www.manavi.org)), a South-Asian Women’s Organization and serves on its Board.

Rachna B. Malkana


Rachna B. Malkana is an attorney admitted to the State of New Jersey since 1998. Her area of practice is real estate law, both commercial and residential. Ms. Malkana obtained her B.S. degree from Rutgers University in 1994 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 in 1997. 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 served on the board of SABA-NJ in 2016 as Executive Liaison to Law Students. She currently serves as the Treasurer of SABA-NJ.

Chirali V. Patel


Chirali V. Patel, Esq. serves as the Secretary for the South Asian Bar Association of NJ and is a member of the Legal Policy Group for the Indian Business Association. Upon receiving her JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2015, she became licensed to practice in NJ and the District Court of NJ. Chirali spent little over a year working as a Legal Associate for the Passaic County Adjuster’s Office, a division of County Counsel. In addition to handling civil commitment cases, she worked on various litigation matters. Her areas of expertise include trademarks, corporate structures, mergers & acquisitions, real estate and general transactional work. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and taking on pro-bono activies. Chirali is hoping to give back to the South Asian community by encouraging innovation and re-educating the public on matters of concern. 

Jason M. Sumbaly


Jason M. Sumbaly is a second year law student and graduate student at Seton Hall University School of Law and School of Diplomacy and International Relations. His Masters will be in Global Negotiations and Conflict Resolution. Jason hopes to be an international arbitrator working for a large firm or for the United States government. Jason is Secretary of the SABA-NJ and a Co-Chair for the Fourth Annual Dinner. He also serves on the Student Bar Association of Seton Hall as Treasurer and is currently running for President for the 2017-2018 academic year. Jason is an Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Currently, Jason is a Legal Intern at GalaxE Systems – a technology consulting firm – where he assists the General Counsel in contract review, international tax law research and other functions of the office. In his free time Jason enjoys spending time with his family and friends, golfing and volunteering.

Ehsan F. Chowdhry

Executive Law Student Liaison

Ehsan F. Chowdhry, ESQ is the owner of EFC LAW PRACTICE, LLC, a law firm exclusively dedicated to White Collar | Criminal Defense. He is licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has court admissions for the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. He attended Rutgers College of Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, earned his J.D. from Widener University School of Law while attaining Dean's List, served as a member of the Trial Advocacy Honor Society and as the President of the Minority Law Students Association (MLSA). He also was the recipient of the Most Promising Civil Litigator Award, The Center for Forensic Economic Studies Excellence in Litigation Award and a semi-finalist in the Hugh B. Pearce Trial Advocacy Competition. Thereafter, he earned his LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree in Trial Advocacy from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law. After graduating from law school, he commenced a state judicial clerkship with the Honorable Vincent J. Grasso, J.S.C. / P.J.Ch. / A.J.S.C. (retired) in the New Jersey Superior Court, Law Division, Criminal Part. Thereafter, he became sworn in as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office in the Litigation Section of the Grand Jury Unit. From there he transferred to his most recent but former office where he served in the Megan’s Law Unit. He has also served in the Juvenile Investigations Unit, the Grand Jury Unit and the Trial Team. He has been fortunate to have done multiple trials, both bench and jury, with an overwhelming success rate. He was temporarily sworn in as a Special Deputy Attorney General and has completed class forty-eight (48) at the Top Gun School Investigating and Prosecuting Gang, Gun and Drug cases. As a result of his trial experience, Ehsan has been designated by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney. Moreover, he is only 1 of 5 attorneys in the entire state of New Jersey who is nationally certified by the American Bar Association’s National Board of Trial Advocacy (ABA NBTA) in Criminal Trial Advocacy. He has also been designated by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) as a “Master Advocate” and "Advocate." Ehsan's awards and honors include winning the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award for 2015 from the NJSBA in conjunction with a diversity bar and the NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law, becoming the first government attorney to win the Ten Leaders of Government Prosecutors Award and has been accepted for inclusion in the Global Directory of Who’s Who Top Lawyer for 2015. He was active in his legal and law enforcement community. He serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Criminal Practice Committee (NJ CPC). He is New Jersey Muslim Lawyer's Association (NJMLA) President, serves as a Secretary for the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey (SABA-NJ) and a Board of Director for the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA NJ). Ehsan is also a member of the Ocean County Bar Association (OCBA) serving on the Criminal Practice and Mock Trial Committee, along with membership in the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), American Bar Association's (ABA) Criminal Justice Section, the Haydn Inn of Court and more recently the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ). He previously served as the county liaison to the state for Fingerprinting and DNA, a certified instructor at the Ocean County Police Academy and was a co liaison for the New Jersey Human Trafficking Task Force. Prior, Ehsan served as an adjunct faculty member for Widener University School of Law's Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP), a mock judge for Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law's LL.M. program, served as a mock judge for the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) and the Vincent J. Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition. He also does CLE lectures for Esquire LLC in trial advocacy, a topic that is one of his passions. A New Yorker by birth, he has been a resident of the Garden State for 33 years. In his free time, he loves playing basketball, chess, poker, pool and tennis and loves stand up comedy. Ehsan is well traveled and multilingual. He is married to his wife, an attorney as well and they have two children together.

Nikhil S. Agharkar

Social Media Chair

Nikhil is an associate at Bendit Weinstock, P.A., a litigation boutique located in West Orange, NJ. Nikhil focuses he practice on personal injury, medical malpractice, and civil rights litigation. He also represents business owners in a wide variety of disputes. Nikhil lives in Montclair with his wife, young daughter, and two dogs.