South Asian Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Malini Rao, President - 

A recent transplant to St. Louis from Chicago, Malini brings years of active engagement with SABA to the St. Louis chapter.  Currently, Malini is Of Counsel at Ziliak Law, LLC working in complex litigation.  

Malini previously spent nearly seven years at the Illinois Attorney General's office, focusing on False Claims Act litigation.  Malini is an alumnus of the Loyola University School of Law in Chicago and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she studied English and Political Science.

Samir Mehta, Vice President - 

A founding member  and President of SABA-StL in 2015, Samir Ramesh Mehta is an Associate at Stinson Leonard Street, focusing on Intellectual Property Litigation and Post-Grant Review.  Samir's practice focuses on high-technology and particularly on software technology.  

Before law school, he worked in the San Francisco Bay Area in a variety of technology roles ranging from product management to engineering in technologies ranging from storage and server management to SaaS and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance tools.  He also briefly worked on founding a social entrepreneurship startup company before law school.  

Samir was a member of the 2012-2013 Missouri Bar Leadership Academy.  He is also on the Board of the Young Friends of the Missouri Botanical Gardens and serves as a volunteer for Mentor St. Louis.  Samir earned a JD from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2011, cum laude.  He is a proud graduate of Duke University.

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Omar Malik, Treasurer -

Omar Malik is a Team Leader in the Client Consultation Group at Edward Jones.  Previously, Omar was an attorney working in Trusts and Estates and Commercial Litigation at major St. Louis law firms.

Omar previously worked in multiple roles relating to tax consulting and compliance in the greater Chicago metropolitan area where he served clients across the country and overseas. He served as a Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and as a Strategic Tax Planning Supervisor for a Fortune 200 global diversified manufacturing company.

Omar earned a JD from Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law, in 2007 and a Tax LL.M. from Northwestern University School of Law in 2008.  Omar holds a B.A. from Tufts University.



Chandrika Christie, Secretary - 

A previous President of SABA St. Louis, Chandrika brings energy and passion to her role.  Chandrika currently works as General Counsel to No Leash Needed, a St. Louis company.  Previously, Chandrika was an Assistant Circuit Attorney in the City of St. Louis. 

SABA StL Board of Directors:

Azra Ahmad, Attorney/Owner, Mid-America Law Practice, LLC

Fayez Butt, Associate, Armstrong Teasdale

Anjali Dooley, Attorney/Owner, Law Office of Anjali B. Dooley LLC

Omar Malik, Associate, Goldenberg Heller

Vivek Malik, American Immigration Law Firm

Nalini Mahadevan, General Counsel, Phinix LLC

Purvi Maniar, Partner, Epstein Becker Green

Samir Mehta, Associate, Stinson Leonard Street

Pari Sheth, Attorney/Owner, The Law Offices of Pari Sheth

Vyas Suresh, Partner, Bryan Cave

Nauman Wadalawala

Laila Wolfgram, Associate, Stinson Leonard Street


Previous SABA StL Board of Director Members:

Maria Beg, Attorney, Department of Homeland Security

Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi, Presiding and Managing Commissioner, Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission

Rishi Diwan, Associate, Armstrong Teasdale

Bhavik Patel, Shareholder, Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard

Asim Raza, Chief Legal Officer, Director of Real Estate & Marketing, Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis

Amit Shah, Vice President, AGC MiTek, USA