Sumeet H. Chugani is an internationally trained attorney at the law firm of Diaz, Reus & Targ, LLP, and he currently serves as President-Elect for SABA Florida. Sumeet focuses his practice on litigation and alternative dispute resolution, as well as cross-border and commercial transactional matters. He also practices in the area of OFAC, bank secrecy laws, and money-laundering compliance and support.
Sumeet previously worked with the Harry Elias Partnership in Singapore where he handled business disputes and commercial fraud matters. Sumeet also held a position with K & L Gates LLP, where he assisted with complex commercial litigation, M&A, IP litigation, and cross-border transactions. As part of his professional development, Sumeet worked as in-house counsel for GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, where he assisted with FDA compliance matters and corporate transactions. Sumeet received his Juris Doctorate from The University of North Carolina School of Law and also holds a Graduate Certificate in International Development from the University of North Carolina. Sumeet also serves as a board member of the India-US Chamber of Commerce and as a committee member for Net-IP.
Rishi Bagga, of the law firm of Bagga Law, LLC, is a litigator who has years of experience handling criminal cases as a state prosecutor in Miami-Dade County, Florida. He also serves as general counsel for Skyline Hotels, LLC. Rishi is licensed to practice in Florida and the District of Columbia.
Rishi earned his J.D. at the Washington College of Law at American University, where he worked in the law school's Civil Practice Clinic. He later earned his LL.M. in Law and Government with a specialty in civil rights and constitutional law, including color of law, discrimination (gender, religion, race, and sexual orientation), and other emerging constitutional law issues in federal and state legal systems at American University. He also interned at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF). Rishi also competed as a member of the Moot Court Team. He was a student member of SABA DC while in law school and a member of the Executive Board of his SALSA chapter. Additionally, Rishi received a B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude, from the University of Central Florida.
Rishi is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi.
Immediate Past President
Harsh Arora practices in the areas of civil litigation, arbitration, complex business and corporate transactional work at Spiegel & Utrera, P.A. He is currently SABA Florida's President and serves on its Board of Directors. Harsh is licensed to practice law in Florida and New York. Harsh has diverse work experience in other industries including hospitality, real estate and health care. Harsh received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the Florida A&M University College of Law where he was selected as a Law Student Ambassador and Research Assistant for the Dean. Prior to law school, Harsh attended University of Central Florida majoring in Hospitality Management and graduated as Class Valedictorian with Honor Medallion and Magna Cum Laude Honors. He also attended the International Hotel Management Institute in Switzerland where he specialized in Hotel Operational Management and graduated with First Class Honors. He was born and raised in New Delhi, India and is fluent in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and conversational Swiss German.
Vice President, South Florida
Padma G. Hinrichs
Padma Hinrichs, a shareholder in the West Palm Beach office of Greenberg Traurig, litigates complex commercial disputes in state and federal court. She has successfully represented a broad range of clients in matters such as contract disputes, business torts, construction defect litigation, shareholder and partnership disputes, products liability, class actions, employment discrimination, FLSA claims, and a variety of real estate disputes including claims arising under Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (HOEPA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Padma is fluent in Telugu.
Vice President, Tampa
Karan practices in Tampa and focuses on general civil litigation with an emphasis on business law and family law. Previously, Karan was an associate at a boutique law firm primarily representing bankruptcy trustees and fiduciaries in insolvency law and bankruptcy litigation. He obtained his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan, and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa, earning a Political Science and International Relations degree. During law school, Karan was a student attorney in a legal aid program that encompassed a 17-county area extensively representing indigent pro se victims of domestic violence, and also assisted with immigration petitions for asylum seekers. Karan was born and brought up in Zambia, Central Africa, and studied in South Africa before coming to the United States in 2001. He is fluent in Gujarati, and in addition to SABA, he is a member of the Florida Bar's Young Lawyers Division, Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County Bar Association and the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce. Karan is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts and in the federal courts of the Middle District of Florida.
Vice President, Orlando
Tushaar Desai, partner of Desai & Maya, P.A., practices in the areas of corporate matters, real estate transactions, commercial transactions, estate planning, immigration, foreclosure defense, and landlord/tenant actions in Orlando, Florida. He serves on the Board of Directors for SABA Florida, and is currently Vice-President of the Orlando Chapter. Tushaar received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the Florida A&M University College of Law, and attended the University of Florida, where he majored in Sociology. Tushaar was born in Zambia, Africa, and is fluent in Gujarati.
Ankur Sevak is currently an associate at a boutique, multi-discipline law firm in Miami Beach, Mitrani, Rynor, Adamsky & Toland, P.A. Prior to joining the firm, Ankur served as a criminal prosecutor at the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, where he handled serious felony and insurance fraud cases. He also spent his first year after law school on Capitol Hil. He graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami, earning a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish Literature. Prior to embarking on his legal career, Mr. Sevak worked for several years as a broadcast writer and producer for CNN and Fox. In addition to his duties with SABA, Ankur is a member of the Dade County Bar Association, as well as the Cuban American Bar Association. Ankur is fluent in Spanish and Gujarati.
Tara Rao of The Rao Law Firm, P.L. in Lutz, Florida practices in the areas of Probate, Wills, Trusts, and Guardianship. She received her B.A in Political Science from the University of South Florida and her J.D. from the University of Florida. Tara is a member of The Florida Bar and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. She is currently President-Elect of SABA Florida, serves on the Diversity Committee of the Hillsborough County Bar Association as Co-Chair, is also a Board member of the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers