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Laila Ollapally

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).


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

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.

Shantha Chellappa

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.
Rukmani Menon

Rukmani Menon is a lawyer with professional experience spanning 30 years, across multiple cities. Her primary work revolves around Indirect Taxation, around which she has founded and run her practice successfully, in Bangalore, since 1994. Rukmani did her B.A in History (Hons) from Lady Sriram College (1979-1981). She then went on to obtain her Law Degree (LLB) from Law Faculty, Delhi University (1981-1984).

Professional Experience

  • Worked for Khaitan & Co., New Delhi for 2 years. (1984 – 1986)
  • Worked in BPL, Bangalore (Corporate Division) for 8 years (1986- 1994); handled indirect tax matters including central excise, customs and consumer forum matters.
  • Founded Menon & Menon Associates, Bangalore in 1994 the firm has created a niche for itself in all matters pertaining to indirect taxation. Additionally, it handles Civil, Criminal and Company matters, and Consumer Forum cases.
  • Has appeared for cases before Tax Tribunals, various High Courts and the Supreme Court from time to time. Has also appeared for Arbitrations.
  • Independent Director of Page Industries, Bangalore, since 2015.

Mediation Training

  • 40-hour Mediation Training conducted by Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (JAMS) at the Centre for Advanced Mediation Practice (CAMP) in 2015
  • 40-hour Mediation Training at the Bangalore Mediation Centre (BMC) in 2015.
  • Refresher/Advanced Training at BMC (2017).
  • Attended the Global Pound Conference, Chandigarh, May 2017.

Mediation Experience

  • Mediator with the BMC for 2 years: mediates a wide variety of family and commercial disputes and has mediated over 115 cases so far with a success rate of 65-70%.
  • Mediator with CAMP Bangalore, since 2015.​
  • Member of a core group of mediators constituted by CAMP for drafting a proposed legislation for Mediation in India.
  • Member of a core group of mediators at CAMP responsible for obtaining the (International Mediation Institute) IMI certification.
  • Co-Trainer for the “Advocacy in Mediation” workshops conducted by CAMP, Bangalore.
  • Co-Trainer for workshops on mediation conducted by CAMP at Christ Law College, Bangalore.
G. Aparna

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.

Brinda Uthaiah

Brinda Uthaiah, our admin co-ordinator at CAMP is a graduate in Business Management and Travel Tourism from Mount College, Bangalore. She was formerly Head of Admin in Brookhaven Academy at California, USA where she used her unique problem solving skills to address the concerns of parents in a school setting with an aim to bridge the gap between the school authorities and parents.


At CAMP Brinda helps coordinate and organise training events and also maintains and manages day to day activities.