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CAMP MEDIATORS & MEDIATION SPECIALISTS

All CAMP mediators and mediation specialists are highly skilled and experienced legal professionals who have been certified and trained in mediation by CAMP in association with JAMS, the largest provider of ADR services in the world.

LEAD MEDIATOR

Laila Ollapally
LAILA OLLAPALLY

Laila has undergone extensive advanced mediation training at Harvard Law School, JAMS (San Francisco), Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University, Stanford Law School and the Bangalore Mediation Centre. She was awarded the Weinstein Fellowship, a prestigious international fellowship for ADR professionals (2011). As a Weinstein Fellow she spent a semester as a Visiting Scholar at the Gould Institute for Conflict Resolution, Stanford Law School.

Laila has been an advocate for over 25 years in the High Court of Karnataka and Supreme Court of India. She has mediated several cases involving property disputes, contracts, matrimonial and family disputes, corporate and commercial disputes and other disputes with a very high rate of settlement. She has also co-mediated high profile cases with retired Supreme Court Judges. Ms.Ollapally is on the panel of Mediators of the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC). http://simc.com.sg/mediators/. Laila regularly trains Judges (of the High Court and District Courts) and lawyers, nationally and internationally to become Mediators. She also conducts “Train the Trainers” workshops for The Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee (MCPC) of the Supreme Court.

MEDIATORS

Justice Keshavnarayan
Justice Keshavnarayan Judge High Court of Karnataka (Retd.,)

Prior to his elevation to the High Court in 2008, he was the first Director of the Bangalore Mediation Centre (BMC), As a High Court Judge, he continued this association as a Member of the Board of Governors of BMC.

He is a trained and experienced Mediator. He was selected as a Member of the Study Team to study Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), ADR Mechanisms and Mediation, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2006. Since his retirement, he has been serving as an Arbitrator and Mediator. He has successfully used his Mediation skills while facilitating parties in finding mutually acceptable settlements, sometimes even in Arbitration proceedings.

Justice Keshavnarayan practiced Civil Law in the Original and Appellate Courts at Bangalore for over 15 years before being appointed as a District and Sessions Judge in February 1993. He served as the Principal Judge of the City Civil Court.
He studied law at Mysore University.

Shantha Chellappa
SHANTHA CHELLAPPA Advocate & Mediator

Shantha is a highly experienced advocate and mediator. She has been in active legal practice for more than thirty five years dealing with all kinds of civil, matrimonial and company matters. She has been a mediator for seven years at the Bangalore Mediation Centre.

She has extensive experience in:

  • Civil
  • Matrimonial
  • Service
  • Company matters
  • Documentation

Experience in ADR:
  • Has undergone a 40 hour Basic Mediation Training Program conducted by CAMP and JAMS (the largest alternate dispute resolution provider in the world)
  • Working as a mediator with the Bangalore Mediation Centre for the past seven years.

MEDIATION SPECIALISTS

Shamnad Basheer
SHAMNAD BASHEER IP Academic & Consultant / Founder - SpicyIP, IDIA, P-PIL

Prof (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer is the founder of the popular Indian intellectual property blog, SpicyIP. He is also the founder of other initiatives including IDIA (a project to empower underprivileged communities through legal education & training) and P-PIL(a synergistic collaboration between legal academia & legal profession to promote public interest goals).

He has experience in:

  • In handling a variety of contentious and non-contentious IP matters.
  • Served for two years as an expert on IP Global Advisory Council of the World Economic Forum.
  • Commissioned to prepare reports on Indian IP law by the WHO (World Health Organisation), WIPO (World IP Organisation) and JPO (Japanese Patent Office).

Experience in ADR:
  • Has undergone a 40 hour Basic Mediation Training Program conducted by CAMP and JAMS (the largest alternate dispute resolution provider in the world).

Preetam D’ Souza
PREETAM D'SOUZA Partner – Kochhar & Co.

Preetam is a Partner at the Bangalore office of Kochhar & Co., a leading law firm in India. He started his career in a corporate law firm in Bangalore where he advised and assisted various European clients in connection with their operations and transactions in India. He has assisted clients in handling high stakes disputes including advice on litigation strategy and risk management.

His varied experience extends to:

  • Real Estate Transactions
  • M & A and Joint Venture Transactions
  • Advising and assisting several multinational companies on issues related to exchange control, preparation of SLAs etc.

Experience in ADR:
  • Has undergone a 40 hour Basic Mediation Training Program conducted by CAMP and JAMS (the largest alternate dispute resolution provider in the world).

Ritvik Lukose
RITVIK LUKOSE CEO & Co-Founder - Vahura

Ritvik is a lawyer, entrepreneur and mediator. He began his career as a corporate Lawyer at Amarchand Mangaldas, Mumbai (then India’s largest firm) where he practiced till 2007. His practice focused on Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Structured Finance, Capital Markets.

Ritvik left the law firm in 2007, to start ventures that provide services to the legal domain. He is now the Co-Founder and CEO of Vahura – India’s leading Legal Search & Consulting firm. Prior to Vahura, Ritvik was one of the co-founders of Rainmaker, which pioneered training and education services to the legal domain. Ritvik has since exited Rainmaker as a co-founder, to lead Vahura as CEO and Co-Founder.

Experience in ADR:

  • Has successfully completed the 40-hour Basic Mediation Training Program conducted CAMP and the JAMS – the largest private alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider in the world (www.jamsadr.com).
  • Has successfully completed the three-day “Train the Trainers program on Managing Board Disputes" conducted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Center for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), the London based conflict management and resolution consultancy (www.cedr.com).
  • Teaching Assistant for the program in ADR at the National Law School of India University in 2004.

Samuel Mani
SAMUEL MANI Founding Partner – Mani Chengappa & Mathur

Samuel Mani is the founding partner of Mani Chengappa & Mathur. Prior to founding the firm MCM Law, Samuel was the global Head of Legal for Infosys Limited and all of its subsidiaries. He was the primary lawyer at Infosys for a large part of its growth from 700 million dollars per annum to 7 billion dollars per annum. Samuel has also served as a legal advisor to Reliance Industries Limited where he worked primarily in the telecommunications space.

Samuel has extensive experience in:

  • Advising clients on technology & outsourcing transactions
  • General commercial transactions
  • Insurance & Dispute Resolution
  • Running complex high stake matters

Experience in ADR:
  • Has undergone a 40 hour Basic Mediation Training Program conducted by CAMP and JAMS (the largest alternate dispute resolution provider in the world).

Gerald Manoharan
GERALD MANOHARAN Partner – J. Sagar Associates

Gerald is a partner with J Sagar Associates, a leading national law firm in India. Gerald is based in Bangalore and primarily focusses on two specific practice areas, namely, corporate commercial and dispute resolution. Gerald’s corporate commercial practice includes corporate advisory, structuring of entities for investment purposes, acquisitions and mergers, advisory on foreign direct investments, venture capital investments, real estate advisory, investment into real estate projects and general contracting advisory. Gerald’s dispute resolution strategy covers disputes strategy, effective dispute management; intervention at earlier stages of the dispute. Gerald conducts internal compliance trainings, disciplinary proceedings and matters relating to work place conduct.

He has extensive experience in:

  • Appearing extensively before Civil Courts, High Courts and the Consumer Forums.
  • Advising domestic and cross-border transactions involving Foreign Direct Investments, Joint Ventures, Acquisitions, Private Equity and infrastructure financing.
  • Advising clients on complex transactions including sale of business, Investments and funding.
  • Advising Infrastructure Companies on matters relating to syndicated financing for road projects and similar infrastructure projects.
  • Has served as the in-house Legal Counsel, India for Sun Microsystems prior to its acquisition by Oracle.
  • Has seconded to work a leading UK based Law Firm Simmons & Simmons.

Experience in ADR:
  • Has acted as an arbitration counsel for several commercial arbitration matters and has also actively participated in the settlement of disputes within the framework of arbitration.v
  • Encourages conciliatory approaches to highly entangled disputes and very often enables an amicable settlement of the disputes between contesting parties.
  • Has undergone a 40 hour Basic Mediation Training Program conducted by CAMP and JAMS (the largest alternate dispute resolution provider in the world).

Rukmani Menon
RUKMANI MENON Advocate - Menon & Menon Associates

Rukmani is a lawyer with professional experience spanning 30 years in multiple cities. She successfully runs her professional practice called Menon & Menon Associates which she founded in 1994. She has extensive experience in:

  • Handling Indirect tax matters including central excise, service tax, customs and consumer forum matters.
  • Civil, criminal, company matters.

Experience in ADR
  • Has undergone a 40 hour Basic Mediation Training Program conducted by CAMP and JAMS (the largest alternate dispute resolution provider in the world)
  • After being selected as a mediator she has undergone a 40 hour Certification Training Course at the Bangalore Mediation Centre (BMC).

Tara Ollapally
TARA OLLAPALLY

Tara Ollapally is a mediator at CAMP. She is certified in Mediation from Harvard Law School, and has completed the ISBM program on Business Mediation in Admont, Austria. She is also certified in Community Mediation from the Good Shepherd Mediation Program in Philadelphia. Tara is also a lawyer committed to social change. She started her career as a human rights lawyer working with international organizations in Washington D.C, including Physicians for Human Rights, where she worked on health and human rights issues, and Global Rights, where she helped set up the India Program to increase access to justice for women.

She has also worked in the field of Immigration Law and Asylum Law with Golblum & Hess, a boutique immigration law firm in Philadelphia, where she represented corporations and individuals from around the world in meeting their immigration needs. At CAMP she is focused on establishing an effective institution that will allow people to approach dispute resolution in a creative, respectful, and efficient way that produces results. Tara is immensely excited by the scale of both business impact and social change that mediation represents, and is fully committed to establishing an institution that provides quality and effective mediation services.

Tara received her LL.M. degree from Columbia University’s School of Law, and received her B.A. and LL.B. degrees from University Law College, Bangalore.

Prashant Popat
PRASHANT POPAT Senior Partner – ALMT Legal

Prashant is the founding partner of ALMT legal in Bangalore since 2003 when he helped set up the firm’s Bangalore office. Prior to his association with the Firm, he was a sole practitioner after being associated with Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe, a leading law firm for a period of seven years, initially in Mumbai and then in Bangalore.

He has extensive experience in:

  • Real Estate & Property Law
  • Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation
  • Advising clients on regulatory and legislative matters.
  • Representing several large corporates in high value and conveyancing deals in Bangalore.
  • Representing corporate houses, Banks & Financial Institutions and high net worth individuals in various dispute resolution and arbitrations.
  • General commercial transactions, intellectual property law and e-commerce related matters.

Experience in ADR:
  • Has been a participant of a variety of International Seminars on Arbitration and Mediation
  • Conducted effective Arbitration & Mediation matters in various industries
  • Acted as a mediator himself in high stakes disputes
  • Has periodically undergone over 40 hours Mediation Training Programs conducted by organizations like LEADR, ICADR, Indian Merchants Chamber & High Court of Bombay
  • Has undergone a 40 hour Basic Mediation Training Program conducted by CAMP and JAMS (the largest alternate dispute resolution provider in the world).

M.R. Prasanna
M.R. PRASANNA Advocate Arbitrator & Corporate Consultant

Pras worked as Head of the Legal function for over 28 years with different organizations like Alfa Laval and Brooke Bond India Limited (now part of Hindustan Unilever). He was the Chief Legal Officer of Larsen & Toubro Limited, Mumbai for seven years. For 12 years, Pras was the General Counsel of the Aditya Birla Group, spearheading mergers and acquisitions. During his stint in Mumbai, he was the Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry and also played the role of Advisor to the Managing Committee of the Bombay Chamber.

He has extensive experience:

  • Has advised corporates on a variety of Corporate transactions, mergers & acquisitions
  • Is a member of the Karnataka Bar Association and appears in court primarily in diverse corporate matters
  • Is associated with Aarna Law as a Senior Advisor to that firm. Pras has been and continues to be a Director on the Boards of many of the Aditya Birla Group Companies both in India and abroad
  • Serves as a Director on the Boards of Indian Companies as well as on the Advisory Board of: (i) OPC Asset Solutions Ltd, an Operating Lease Company and (ii) Economic Law Practices, a large law firm headquartered in Mumbai
  • Is a Senior Consultant, in India, to the renowned Private Equity Firm, TPG Growth
  • Is currently active in the working of various committees of the Bangalore Chamber of Commerce & Industries and also the local chapter of the Confederation of the Indian Industries.

Experience in ADR
  • Is on the arbitral panel of leading institutions such as the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Centre in Chennai, India, Indian Institute of Arbitration & Mediation (IIAM), Kochi.
  • Is an IIAM Certified Mediator and is a Life Member of the International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ICADR), New Delhi.
  • Vice-President (South) with India International ADR Association, Kochi, India.
  • Has undergone a 40 hour Basic Mediation Training Program conducted by CAMP and JAMS (the largest alternate dispute resolution provider in the world).

Suruchi Rishi
SURUCHI RISHI Legal Counsel – Vectra Group of Companies

Suruchi has been the General Counsel for the Vectra Group of Companies for the past 8 years. Prior to this she was trained as a solicitor at Clifford Chance LLP.

Suruchi has extensive experience in handling all matters relating to:

  • Tax Litigation
  • Aviation Finance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Joint Ventures & Demergers
  • Arbitrations & Mediations

Experience in ADR:
  • Has undergone a 40 hour Basic Mediation Training Program conducted by CAMP and JAMS (the largest alternate dispute resolution provider in the world).

Lukose Vallatharai
LUKOSE VALLATHARAI

Lukose is retired from Indian Administrative Services (IAS) Karnataka Cadre.

Lukose is currently involved in Anti-corruption & Good Governance work along with social work. He is currently involved in the following activities

  • Independent External Monitor (IEM) for Kudremukh Iron ore Co. Ltd. (KIOCL) and New Mangalore Port Trust ( NMPT ) -an initiative adopted by the Govt. of India to ensure integrity in the governance of public sector companies.
  • Active member of Transparency International India (TII) and EC member TII , Karnataka Chapter
  • Non executive Director, Mysore Paper Mills Ltd
  • Advisor, World trade centre , Bangalore
  • His social work extends to organisations such as St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Association of People with Disability (APD), Indian Social Institute, Bangalore ( ISI B), Citizens Voluntary Initiative for the City (CIVIC), CII Institute of Quality etc

Experience in ADR
  • Has undergone a 40 hour Basic Mediation Training Program conducted by CAMP and JAMS (the largest alternate dispute resolution provider in the world)
  • As the Commissioner of Labour in Karnataka and state conciliator, brought about tripartite settlement and maintenance of industrial peace in respect of major Industrial Relations disputes affecting Public Utiliies, P.S.Us. and Large Industries.
  • As Dy Commissioner and Disrtict Magistrate (Tumkur and Hassan districts), have handled matters of Law and Order, Public Peace and Tranquility and societal Problems.

Lukose Vallatharai
K.B.”MONU” IYAPPA Mediator and Contracts Consultant

Monu Iyappa was in-house counsel for 30 years before concluding his career as Executive Vice President – Legal with GMR Energy in 2012. Prior to that he was Global General Counsel at Satyam Computers later ‘Mahindra Satyam’ including seeing it through its turbulent transition in 2009. His other roles include those with NCR Corporation, Gillette, ITC, L&T and Vikrant Tyres. He has handled a plethora of issues in the Manufacturing, Heavy Engineering and Construction, Tobacco/ FMCG & Personal Care Products and Portable Power, IT & ITES and Infrastructure industries where he proactively settled disputes before they could reach court in areas such as debt collection, licensing software and intellectual property in domestic as well as International jurisdictions.Monu is a Honorary Fellow of The International Association of Contract and Commercial Management (www.iaccm.com) where he was on the Board of Directors for 6 years while holding the office of Vice Chair - APAC .

Experience in ADR:

  • Has undergone a 40 hour Basic Mediation Training Program conducted by CAMP and JAMS (the largest alternate dispute resolution provider in the world) besides attending several workshops and conclaves on the subject.

Shanthala Rao
Shanthala Rao Partner- Kochhar & Co.

Educational Background: Graduated from the prestigious National Law School of India University with Honors in Arts and Law.

Professional Background: Shanthala is a Partner at the Bangalore office of Kochhar & Co., a leading firm in India. She began her career working at a leading commercial law firm in New Delhi in the areas of joint ventures and foreign investments. Thereafter she worked for a couple of years at a law firm in Singapore. She has also worked briefly with a law firm in Germany. Shanthala has extensive experience in

  • Foreign Investments, Joint Ventures, Mergers & Acquisitions.
  • General Corporate Work including advising companies on Corporate Compliance, Labor and Employment Laws.
  • Handling projects related to foreign investment in India , including establishment of wholly owned subsidiaries, joint ventures & Acquisitions of public listed companies in India.
  • Handling multi Company restructuring projects.
  • Advising companies on Indian employment and labor law issues.
  • Sits as an external member of Sexual harassment complaints committee of many companies.
  • Regularly conducts employee awareness programs and training of internal complaints committee in relation to prevention of sexual harassment laws.
  • Has been a speaker and panelist at various seminars and conferences on prevention of sexual harassment at workplace.

Experience in ADR:

  • Has undergone a 40 hour Basic Mediation Training Program conducted by CAMP and JAMS (the largest alternate dispute resolution provider in the world)

Honors and Memberships:

  • Was awarded the Gold Medal for the best graduating girl student of the University for the year 1996.