Son of Immigrants
When my parents came to America in the early 1970s, they were the first in their families to leave India. My dad initially shared a basement apartment in Queens, New York with other new immigrants, and my mom and brother arrived the following year. My parents didn’t have much money, but they had a wealth of motivation and hope for the future. They worked multiple jobs: my mom in data processing; my dad as a night security guard and electronics repairman. At the same time, my dad earned a master’s degree in engineering, and my mom completed a data processing certification. With perseverance and opportunity, my parents achieved careers in engineering and went on to work at the same companies for more than 25 years until they retired.
Their sacrifice and hard work opened up incredible opportunities for my brother and me — quality public school education, good health care, and family time that were the foundation of our stable family life.
Path of Public Service
Grateful that I was born in the United States and eager to follow my parents’ example of community service, I committed to giving back and breaking down barriers for others. As a teenager, I was struck by the tragedy of homelessness while we lived amid abundance in the wealthiest country in the world.
While in college at Rice University, I built houses in Houston and Honduras through Habitat for Humanity. I led students on homeless outreach and immersion programs where we slept in shelters, interacted with unhoused individuals, and worked with campus and community leaders to identify the causes of homelessness and solutions to escaping it.
During my joint-degree program at NYU Law and Harvard, I helped the Legal Aid Society strike down discriminatory housing practices, researched urban poverty with renowned Professor William Julius Wilson, and participated on a team that won First Place in the Greater Boston Affordable Design Competition.
“As the son of immigrants who realized the American Dream, I will fight to ensure opportunities my family received are available for everyone.”
Today I continue to work for social change at the grassroots level.
I am the Chair of the Board of Directors of Imagine LA, a nonprofit organization that assists families exit poverty. Our program combines professional case management with volunteer mentorship to help families achieve stability. Imagine LA’s results-driven approach is heralded throughout LA County as the most effective solution to breaking the cycle of family homelessness and poverty. All Imagine LA Families remain in housing; parents get on career tracks with higher incomes and savings; kids thrive in school, graduate and embrace secondary education; all get regular medical care and build crucial wellness habits and financial literacy skills.
I’m on the Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League and am a founding co-chair of the ADL’s LA for Good initiative, a coalition of 25 civil rights organizations fighting extremism and racism. I also serve on the Board of Directors of the South Asian Network, a regional civil rights organization, and I teach a Job Search Strategies class at Los Angeles City College.
A lifelong Democrat, I am the Treasurer of the California Democratic Party and on the Executive Board West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Democratic Club, which recognized me with a “Democrat of the Year” honor in 2019.
Los Angeles is a rich and vibrant city because of our diverse communities, and we are strongest when we empower everyone to reach for the American Dream.
Top 100: Southern California Super Lawyer
Most Influential Minority Lawyer
Los Angeles Business Journal
Best Lawyers in America
Mid-Size Company Turnaround of the Year
Turnaround Management Association
Reorganization of the Year Award
The M&A Advisor
Top 40 Under 40
Best Lawyer Under 40
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
I started my legal career as a law clerk to a Federal District Court Judge and then joined the law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP.
Drawn to the prospect of leveraging private sector resources to address the nation’s housing crisis, I left O’Melveny & Myers to become a Vice President at SunAmerica Affordable Housing Partners. At the time, SunAmerica was a leading investor in affordable housing and had financed more than 150,000 affordable units nationwide.
Like so many others, I lost my job during the 2008 financial crisis. It seemed like no one was hiring, but after a stressful job search I fortunately landed on my feet at the law firm Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones.
Pachulski is the nation’s leading corporate restructuring law firm. U.S. News & World Report recognized our firm as the 2020 Law Firm of the Year in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. As a lawyer at the firm for twelve years and now a senior partner, I have helped many companies navigate financial hardships and save jobs. I often negotiate with various stakeholders — lenders, landlords, vendors and employees — to reach compromises that serve the best interest of my client. I also provide free legal assistance to individuals considering personal bankruptcy as a volunteer lawyer with Public Counsel.
My cases have been awarded the “Mid-Size Company Turnaround of the Year” by the Turnaround Management Association and “Reorganization of the Year Award” by The M&A Advisor. In 2020, Thomson Reuters recognized me as a “Top 100: Southern California Super Lawyer,” and for each of the past six years the same publication has selected me as a “Super Lawyer.” In 2019, the Los Angeles Business Journal named me to its list of the L.A. region’s “Most Influential Minority Lawyers.”
Our City is faltering and corruption scandals hinder progress at City Hall. We need new leadership. I will draw upon my experience as a community leader and business lawyer to bring innovative solutions to the City Attorney’s office.
Together we can restore the promise of our great City.
Rice University, BA, Political Science
London School of Economics and Political Science, junior year study abroad
MPA, Harvard University
JD, NYU School of Law