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Officers

Leena Chaphekar

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.

Jolsna Thomas

Immediate-Past Chair

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.

Judge George Thomas

Treasurer

 

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.

Ketan Kharod

Council

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.

Dr. Puneet Kohli

Chair-Elect

 

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.

Sujata Ajmera

Secretary

 

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.

Raghav Bajaj

Council

Raghav Bajaj is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Haynes and Boone. Raghav’s practice focuses on all phases of patent office trials at the USPTO. His experience includes matters involving technologies such as computer hardware, computer software, automotive devices, and others. Raghav is also a regular speaker at patent law conferences both in Austin and nationwide.