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Jolsna Thomas


Jolsna is a former president of the South Asian Bar Association of North America and SABA Foundation. She is the Texas Business Development Manager for Rosendin Electric, a premier national design-build/design-assist electrical contractor. Jolsna is licensed in California and Texas. She is civically engaged through the Junior League of Austin and the Indian American Coalition of Texas.

Sujata Ajmera

Immediate-Past Chair


Sujata is a Member of Clark Hill Strasburger and Co-Founder of SABA-Austin. She is also the SABA North America Foundation Vice-President. Sujata primarily focuses her practice on all aspects of employment-based immigration and I-9 compliance for large corporations, as well as small to medium sized businesses.  She is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Leena Chaphekar

Vice Chair


Leena is proud to be an Austinite as she grew up in Austin, Texas.  She is an Assistant General Counsel at the Employees Retirement of Texas.  Her principal area of practice is Administrative Law with experience in Open Records and Open Meetings.  She received her J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Anita Gupta


Anita Gupta is a staff attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, where she works in partnership with community-based organizations, local elected officials, and law enforcement agencies to create and advance policies that promote immigrant and criminal justice throughout Texas. Anita has significant experience representing immigrants in a variety of matters and proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).


Judge George Thomas



George graduated from the University of Houston Law Center in 2002. After law school, he worked as a Legislative Assistant in the Texas House of Representatives and practiced immigration law. In 2004, he became a criminal prosecutor for the City of Austin. In 2010, he accepted a position as a prosecutor with the Travis County Attorney’s Office-Criminal Division. In 2014, he was appointed as a Judge to the Municipal Court of the City of Austin. He is the first Indian-American judge in Travis County history.

Dr. Puneet Kohli



Dr. Puneet Kohli's principal area of practice is intellectual property, with a focus on patent litigation, intellectual property licensing, and technology transactions. Dr. Kohli’s experience spans various areas of engineering and science—electrical and computer engineering, materials science, solid state physics, nanotechnology, and semiconductor devices and fabrication. Dr. Kohli has represented clients in numerous district courts, the Federal Circuit, and the United States International Trade Commission.

Ketan Kharod


Ketan Kharod is of counsel at Guerrero & Whittle, PLLC, and represents plaintiffs in personal injury, medical malpractice, and environmental litigation, and whistleblowers in Medicare and Medicaid fraud cases.  He is also Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Sunset Valley and has served on its city council since 2016.   Along with his wife, Supriya, Ketan is active with a number of local community organizations, including the interfaith efforts of the Sathya Sai Baba Center of Austin.