What I do:
I specialize in intellectual property litigation and counseling for high-growth technology companies. I regularly advise clients on social media issues, advertising disputes and reputation management, particularly in the online environment.
It's exciting to work for a firm that is dedicated to excellence both in terms of work product and personnel. I want to work for a firm with which I can share my ambition to be as well rounded as a partner as possible and this is what Cooley offers. I also love working with emerging companies and feel that I am in a position to make a contribution to help them with their short and long term strategies. Early on in my career, I was in-house and I learned quickly that my job as a lawyer and counsellor is to help not to obstruct - to say what is possible rather than what cannot be done.
Some of my clients:
Nikon Europe BV, Williams F1, Intertek Group PLC, Mantis World Limited, eBay, MBDA (UK) Limited
What my clients value:
Most of my clients have been with me for many years I think because I have taken the time to get to know their respective businesses intimately. That way I can advise not only on the strict legal issues but also place that advice in the relevant commercial context. There is always a risk in litigation but by knowing my client’s business inside out I can take a measured view as to whether the risk is worth taking given the client’s commercial aims. I am proud to say that in almost all of the matters I have taken to trial I and my team have been able to achieve a positive commercial outcome for the client.
I love to absorb information, so reading any and all types of books consumes my spare time. As an IP lawyer this is extremely useful as one day I may have to bone up on knee-replacement technology and the next will be taken up by reading about microchips. Also, I love cricket, golf and playing guitar (badly, but with passion).
My favourite book of all time is Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. As the son of Indian immigrants, I love how it weaves the story of Indian independence into a magical fairytale. The last book I read was The Circle by Dave Eggars, which was fantastic if a little disturbing!
I root for:
Lewis Hamilton in Formula One Motor Racing, India in the cricket (unless they are playing England in which case my loyalties are divided) and basically any sportsperson at the top of their game.