Laila Ollapally is the founder of Centre For Advanced Mediation Practice (CAMP), a pioneering private mediation initiative that seeks to promote mediation as a form of alternate dispute resolution. She was the founding Co-ordinator of the Bangalore Mediation Centre (BMC) for 8 years and continues to be a senior mediator and master trainer at the BMC. She has practiced as an advocate for over 25 years in the High Court of Karnataka and Supreme Court of India. Mrs. Ollapally has been a Mediator since 2007 and has mediated several hundred 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/
Mrs. Ollapally has undergone extensive advanced mediation training at Harvard Law School, JAMS (San Francisco), Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University and Stanford Law School. In 2011 she was awarded the Weinstein Fellowship, a prestigious international fellowship for ADR professionals. As a Weinstein Fellow she spent a semester as a Visiting Scholar at the Gould Institute for Conflict Resolution, Stanford Law School. She is on the Advisory Board of FSRI (Foundation for Sustainable Rule of Law Initiatives),
Mrs. Ollapally is a Master Trainer in Mediation at the BMC and routinely trains Judges and Lawyers nationally and internationally. She was a Member of the Sub-Committee constituted by the Supreme Court of India to prepare the National Mediation Training Manual and also co-authored the Bangalore Mediation Centre Training Manual.
She has been invited to speak at several international, national and state level mediation conferences, seminars and training programs. She has published widely on the subject of mediation. She is nominated to ‘The International Who’s Who Legal’ of Commercial Mediation and was awarded for her International Contribution to Mediation by the University of Connecticut and Foundation for Sustainable Rule of Law Initiatives, San Francisco, California (2013)
Mrs. Ollapally received her Master of Laws (LL.M) in Mercantile Law and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from Bangalore University and her Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics from Stella Maris College, Madras University.
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.
As Co-ordinator 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. She is admitted to practice law in Karnataka and New York.
Aparna is a Case Manager at CAMP. Prior to joining law school, Aparna pursued a successful career in the Financial Services Industry. She has worked with MNC’s like Birla Sun Life Asset Management Company and Standard Chartered Bank (Corporate & Institutional Banking) and has an in depth understanding of the complexities involved in financial transactions of large corporations. In her role of handling sensitive corporate relationships across businesses she was able to get an insight on the legal issues faced by them and how mediation could be effectively used to reduce these costs and enhance profitability. Aparna has done her MBA from the University of Allahabad and LLB from RML College Bangalore.
Chitra Talwar has over 30 years of experience in two leading consumer products companies-Britannia & Pepsico. She has worked both in India and extensively in international markets, based out of New York.In 2009, she retired as the Vice President, International Sales Operations from Pepsico. Chitra is currently actively engaged in two Start Ups and in an NGO in the field of education.
Chitra has an in-depth knowledge of sales, marketing and running operations/profit centre. Chitra has held several leadership positions with strong functional expertise in Sales, marketing, strategy and general management. She has worked extensively across global markets on sales best practices and developing, implementing and sustaining through ‘Train the Trainer Model’. Amongst the best practices tool developed and rolled out was the advanced negotiation process which was critical sales tool when working with large retail customers. She has negotiated with tough/hard bargaining customers in the consumer products space on trading terms for a win-win.
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.
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Nandan Kamath is Principal Lawyer at LawNK – The Law Offices of Nandan Kamath, a boutique sports, entertainment and intellectual property law practice based in Bangalore. He is also Managing Trustee of the GoSports Foundation, a sports non-profit providing scholarships and support to talented Indian athletes.
Nandan is a graduate of the National Law School of India University, the University of Oxford (on a Rhodes Scholarship) and Harvard Law School. He has published widely on technology, intellectual property, media and sports laws.
Nandan’s practice serves a variety of international and national sports bodies, athletes, sponsors and artists as well as brand oriented and content driven businesses. He was previously an associate with the international law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, working in the firm’s Silicon Valley and Hong Kong offices.
Promod is admitted as both an Advocate in India and as a Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience in England and Wales. He is a dispute resolution specialist, with extensive experience in commercial litigation and arbitration. He has appeared as Counsel and Advocate (often as amicus curiae) in a broad range of commercial litigation and public law matters before the Supreme Court of India and the Karnataka, Bombay and New Delhi High Courts.
Promod regularly sits as arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations. He also has extensive experience in acting as counsel in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, having conducted arbitrations in various jurisdictions in Europe and Asia, and under various institutional rules such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of Arbitration (LCIA), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Promod is a Vice President of the Indian Arbitration Forum and a member of the IBA Asia Pacific Arbitration Group (APAG) Working Group on Harmonizing Arbitration Laws in the Asia Pacific Region. He teaches modules on commercial and investment treaty arbitration at the National Law School of India University, and regularly lectures at law schools and universities in India and abroad. He is currently working on a commentary on the law and practice of arbitration in India. Promod holds degrees in law from the National Law School of India and was a DFID-Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge where he was a recipient of the Clive Parry (Overseas) Prize in International Law and the Pegasus Scholarship. In May 2013, Promod was appointed as a Member of the LCIA Court.
Ritvik Lukose is a lawyer and legal entreprenuer. Ritvik graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2004 and worked with Amarchand Mangaldas, Mumbai as a corporate lawyer. In 2007, he left the law to co-found Rainmaker, a pioneer in recruitment, training and education services to the legal domain. In 2011, the legal recruitment and consulting business of Rainmaker was restructured into Vahura. Ritvik has since exited Rainmaker as a co-founder, to lead Vahura as CEO and Co-founder.
Vahura is India’s preminent talent management & consulting firm focussed on the legal domain. Vahura’s stated mission is to help lawyers do good work.
Samuel Mani is a founding partner of Mani Chengappa & Mathur, a technology, outsourcing and employment focused law firm based in Bangalore. A graduate of the National Law School of India, Samuel specialises in advising clients on technology and outsourcing transactions, early stage investments/M&A, privacy, insurance and dispute resolution.
Prior to founding the firm, 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. In September 2010, Lex Witness Magazine named Samuel to its Hall of Fame as one of the top 50 people who are shaping the legal landscape of modern India. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on a variety of topics including technology and the law, insurance, and dispute resolution. Most notably Samuel delivered the Annual Lecture to the Society for Computers and Law in 2010 in London, England.
Shreyas Jayasimha MCIArb, read law at National Law School of India University and was a Chevening Scholar at the University of Warwick. His principal practice areas include litigation, arbitration and regulatory investigations. He has been trained as Mediator and has been appointed as arbitrator. Shreyas is listed in the Who’s Who of International Arbitration (2010 to 2014), was Regional Editor (South and Central Asia) of the Newsletter of the IBA Arbitration Committee and has published several articles, including co-authoring the India Chapter for Oxford’s Guide to Arbitration in Asia (2011). He has been chosen as one of 40 Indian lawyers under 45 years.
Shreyas is also engaged as counsel to argue matters before various Courts and Arbitral Tribunals. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Federation for International Arbitration Advocacy, Geneva and conducts training programs for advocacy and cross examination techniques.
Poornima Hatti, is partner based out of Bengaluru and heads the dispute resolution practice of Samvad Partners. Poornima obtained her B.A. LL.B (Hons) from the National Law School of India University and read for a Masters in Law from the London School of Economics where she was a graduate merit scholar. She has more than a decade’s experience in legal practice across various jurisdictions. She has worked in Singapore and has experience working in various parts of South East Asia. Poornima is also a trained mediator.
Poornima has extensive experience in advising clients across jurisdictions in all aspects of dispute resolution. She has represented clients in both international commercial arbitrations and domestic arbitrations, litigation before various fora in India including the Supreme Court of India, High Court of Delhi, Karnataka High Court and various courts in South East Asia.
Poornima has a particular interest in mediations and is making every effort to popularise the same. Poornima has contributed to books and also lectures on invitation at the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru and the Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru.
Prior to joining Samvad Partners, Poornima was with a leading international disputes practice with their Singapore office. Poornima was also with Herbert Smith LLP, an international firm with their Singapore office where she assisted clients across various Asian jurisdictions. Her past experience also includes working in Bengaluru as a sole practitioner and working with Amarchand Mangaldas as part of their dispute resolution practice in New Delhi.