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Mediators & Specialists


Justice K.N. Keshavnarayana

Former Judge, High Court of Karnataka

General Biography

Justice Keshavnarayana joins CAMP with extensive legal, judicial and ADR experience. He served as a Judge for nearly 22 years, including 7 years as Judge of the Karnataka High Court. Justice Keshavnarayana played an instrumental role in introducing mediation into our legal system, when he served as the First Director of the Bangalore Mediation Centre, one of the most successful court annexed mediation programs in the country.


While on the Bench, Judge Keshavnarayana was known for his humane approach to dispute resolution. Lawyers praise him for his patience and commitment to ensure a full hearing.  Since his retirement as a Judge, he is sought after as an Arbitrator for his ability to combine collaborative dispute resolution effectively in his arbitrations. Justice Keshavanarayana is regularly appointed by the State Government for conducting enquiries of public interest.


He is comfortable in Kannada and English.


ADR Experience

Justice Keshavnarayana is a trained and experienced Mediator. In 2006, 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. It was after this training that he was appointed to set up the Bangalore Mediation Centre as its first Director

Since his retirement from the High Court of Karnataka, Justice Keshavnarayana has been serving as an Arbitrator and Mediator. He serves on the panel of the Karnataka Arbitration Centre.


ADR Training 

Justice Keshavnarayana 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.


Practice Areas

Justice Keshavnarayana’s area of practice is vast having dealt with a variety of legal issues in his capacity as a lawyer, judge, arbitrator & mediator.

He has mediated matters pertaining to :

Property including Real estate, Joint Development, Landlord-Tenant

Contracts including construction contracts, commercial contracts, sub-contractor, vendor

Family disputes including family business dispute, family settlements

Matrimonial – Divorce, Child custody



ADR Teaching & Mentoring

As the first full time Director of the Bangalore Mediation Centre, Justice Keshavnarayana has mentored innumerable mediator, including some of our country’s most early mediators.


Educational Qualifications

BSc and LLM from Mysore University

Laila Ollapally

Advocate & Mediator, Founder -Centre for Advance Mediation Practice

General Biography

Laila Ollapally is the founder of Centre for Advanced Mediation Practice (CAMP), a pioneering private mediation initiative set up in 2015 that seeks to promote mediation as a form of alternate dispute resolution in India. She is the founding Co-ordinator of the Bangalore Mediation Centre (BMC) acclaimed as the most successful court – annexed mediation program in the country. She is a senior mediator and master trainer at the BMC. She has practiced as an advocate for over 3 decades in the Supreme Court of India and the High Court and Consumer Courts of Karnataka. Since 2014, she is a full time mediator, dedicated to mediation.


Ms. Ollapally is on the panel of Mediators of the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC). . She is appointed on the SIMC User’s Council.


She is on the advisory board of FSRI (Foundation for Sustainable Rule of Law Initiatives).


Ms. Ollapally brings into her mediations, a spirit of empathy and personal connection with the parties and their lawyers. She explains that in her legal practice, her priority was to understand the conflict in the background of pain and frustration experienced by the litigants, identify their underlying aspirations and explore possibilities of resolution prior to fanning the flame of the adversarial response. She attributes this to be the primary reason for her path breaking success in majority of the cases handled by her in the courts.



ADR Experience

As Founding Coordinator of the BMC, she was responsible for setting up and overseeing the effective working of the Mediation Centre. Along with FSRI, she has audited mediation programs set up by the High Courts in the States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Punjab and Haryana.


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 FSRI, San Francisco, California (2013).


Ms. Ollapally has been a Mediator since 2007 and has mediated several hundred cases with a very high rate of settlement. She has been appointed by the Supreme Court and High Court to co-mediate several high profile and sensitive disputes with Supreme Court Judges.

Her diverse mediation experience extends to cases in:


  • Property- real estate, joint development, landlord/tenant including intellectual property
  • Contracts – including commercial contracts, sub-contracts, vendor disputes
  • Family disputes- including family business disputes, family partition and other settlements
  • Matrimonial – Divorce, Child custody
  • Commercial – founder disputes, IT disputes, transfer of business, partnership, cross border commercial disputes, consumer disputes
  • Company disputes – Share holder issues, Oppression & mismanagement, Winding – up
  • Sports and other disputes.



Practice Areas:

Litigation practice of over three decades in various Courts of India (Supreme Court of India, the State High Courts, Trial Courts and Consumer Courts) covering Constitutional and Civil law across domains such as

  • Commercial contracts including international contracts, vendor disputes
  • Property and property development including land-lord/ tenant disputes
  • Insurance law
  • Company and employment law
  • Consumer protection and medical negligence, tortious liability
  • Minority rights of educational institutions, disability rights and Mental Health Law
  • Environment protection and public interest litigations.


Ms. Ollapally was the former Chairperson of the Ethical and Research Committee of St. Johns National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore, a premier medical college in the country.


ADR Training

Ms. Ollapally has undergone the following trainings:


  • Karnataka High Court in collaboration with The Institute for the Study and Development of Legal Studies (ISDLS).
  • Extensive advanced mediation training at Harvard Law School, JAMS (San Francisco)
  • Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University, Stanford Law School and International Summer School on Business Mediation, Admont, Austria.
  • 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.


ADR Teaching & Mentoring


As Founding Coordinator of the Bangalore Mediation Centre:

  • She has been a Mediation trainer for the last 10 years and conducted numerous mediation trainings and workshops for Senior Lawyers of the Supreme Court; Judges and Lawyers of the State High Courts and District Courts of India.
  • She conducts “Training of Trainers” programs for The Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee (MCPC) of the Supreme Court of India.


As Founder of CAMP she conducts:

  • Basic Mediation Training to increase the pool of private mediators.
  • Mediation Advocacy workshops for lawyers
  • Negotiation workshops for business executives.


She has trained Judges and lawyers in the Courts at Maldives.


She has taught Mediation to the students of several Law Schools in India.



 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 published widely in newspapers, law journals and other publications.


Educational Qualifications

Ms. 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.



M R Prasanna

Independent Legal Consultant & Mediator

General Biography

Mr. M. R. Prasanna has had a long and distinguished career for nearly 28 years as In-House Counsel leading legal departments of 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 after which he served as the General Counsel of the Aditya Birla Group between 1998-2010.

Since relocating to Bangalore in 2010, Mr. Prasanna acts as an Independent Consultant for corporates, advising them on a variety of corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Prasanna is strong proponent of collaborative dispute resolution and spends much time and effort to influence and train the corporate legal community to use dispute resolution processes that are business friendly, cost effective and efficient.

Mr. Prasanna has been an Independent Director on the Boards of various prestigious companies and has also served on the Advisory Board of a Company and a Leading Law Firm. He has worked closely with numerous Chambers of Commerce including the Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Bangalore Chamber of Commerce & Industries and the local chapter of the Confederation of the Indian Industries.


ADR Experience

Mr. Prasanna has undergone a 40 hour Mediation training at the Centre for Advanced Mediation Practice.

Through his corporate legal career, Mr. Prasanna facilitated innumerable settlements – he well understands the impact of an unresolved dispute to a company. Mr. Prasanna is very familiar with the complexities of high stake commercial transactions having spearheaded several complex mergers and acquisitions as General Counsel of the Aditya Birla Group. Mr. Prasanna is adept at reconciling competing interests and guiding parties and counsels to finding acceptable solutions through difficult negotiations. As General Counsel he often put to good use the mediation techniques to resolve difference of opinion between the parties to a transaction in an objective manner.

Mr. Prasanna is:

  • An IIAM Certified Mediator.
  • A Life Member of the International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ICADR), New Delhi.
  • The Vice-President (South) with India International ADR Association, Kochi, India.
  • A member of the Users Council of the LCIA.
  • A Member of the Advisory Board of Centre for Advanced Mediation Practice, Bangalore.
  • member of the Advisory Board of Online consumer mediation at National Law School India University (NLSIU)


He has also been on the Indian Arbitrators panel of:


  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre,
  • The Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration
  • The Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Centre in Chennai, India.
  • The Indian Institute of Arbitration & Mediation (IIAM), Kochi
  • Pacific International Arbitration Center, Ho Chi Minh City


Practice Areas

Mr. Prasanna has commercial legal experience across multiple domains such as:

Agency, shareholder, employment, infrastructure, construction & engineering, investments, Joint Venture & Partnerships, Consumer Disputes.


ADR Teaching & Mentoring

Mr. Prasanna is a regular speaker on a variety of legal topics both nationally and internationally. He routinely trains legal and non- legal professionals on Contract Negotiation, Contract Management & Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Prasanna is a regular faculty member at the Indian Institute of Arbitration & Mediation (IIAM), Kochi, mediation training programs.


Educational Qualifications

Mr. Prasanna  holds a BSc and LLM from University of Mysore where he was a Gold Medalist. Additionally Mr. Prasanna has attended courses at IIM Ahmedabad, Northwestern University (Kellogg) and Harvard Law School.



 Rukmani Menon

Advocate and Mediator

General Biography

Ms Rukmani Menon is a lawyer and mediator. She has professional legal experience of more than 30 years. She founded Menon & Menon Associates, a boutique firm that specializes in Indirect Taxation(GST) in 1994. The firm also handles civil, criminal, commercial and consumer matters.

In her illustrious career spanning more than 3 decades Rukmani has worked with premiere legal and commercial organisations such as Khaitan & Co. and BPL. She has appeared before various Tax Tribunals, State High Courts, Supreme Court and in various Arbitrations.

She is a trained mediator and mediates at the Bangalore Mediation Centre (BMC). With her vast legal experience Rukmani is able to grasp legal complexities efficiently and is able to facilitate parties to negotiate a speedy resolution.

She has been an independent director on the board of Page Industries Limited since 2015.

Ms Rukmani is comfortable in English, Hindi ,Malayalam and Kannada.


ADR Experience & Qualifications

Ms Rukmani has mediated over 100 cases at the BMC which include matrimonial, commercial and contractual disputes with a success rate of nearly 70%.


Practice Areas

Indirect Taxation – Central excise, customs, service tax, GST

Property including Real estate, Joint Development, Landlord-Tenant

Contracts including commercial contracts, sub-contractor,

Family disputes including family business dispute, family settlements

Matrimonial – Divorce, Child custody

Commercial – Founder Disputes, IT disputes, Oppression & mismanagement Winding –up, transfer of business, partnership, cross border commercial disputes, consumer disputes


ADR Training

Ms Rukmani has undergone:

  • 40-hour Mediation Training conducted by 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)



ADR Teaching & Mentoring

Ms Rukmani is a co-trainer at CAMP and conducts workshops on mediation for lawyers. She also enjoys teaching mediation to law students.


Educational Qualifications

B.A in History (Hons) from Lady Sriram College. LLB from Law Faculty, Delhi University

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:




-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)

-Working as a mediator with the Bangalore Mediation Centre for the past seven years.

Shiv Kumar

Advocate & Mediator

General Biography

Mr. Shiv Kumar was the Founding Partner of MS Murthy & Kumar, Advocates, a leading law firm in Bangalore, offering a wide variety of legal services, which he founded in 1976. He is a Senior Advocate with 40 years of active practice at the Karnataka High Court. His legal practice has focused on Contract Law, Real Estate, Software Development issues, Employment and Industrial Law.

Mr. Kumar is one of the most experienced Mediators at the Bangalore Mediation Centre and serves as its current Coordinator. The Bangalore Mediation Centre is acclaimed as one of the most successful court annexed mediation programmes in the country.

Mr. Kumar has been actively involved with the Elders Help Line in Bangalore since its inception 10 years ago where he established its Legal and Counseling Centre.


ADR Experience

Mr. Kumar has been a Mediator since 2007 and has mediated several hundred cases with a very high rate of settlement in the areas of property, contracts, commercial, family and matrimonial. He is the current Co-ordinator at the Bangalore Mediation Centre.


ADR Training

Mr. Kumar has done several advanced training courses in Mediation and Negotiation including the 40 hours training conducted by the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs under the aegis of Ministry of Corporate Affairs.


Practice Areas

Property including Intellectual property, Real estate, Joint Development, Landlord-Tenant

Contracts including commercial contracts

Family disputes including family business dispute, family settlements

Matrimonial – Divorce, Child custody

Commercial – Founder Disputes, IT disputes, Oppression & mismanagement Winding –up, transfer of business, partnership, consumer

Criminal Compoundable offences


ADR Teaching & Mentoring

Mr. Kumar is a Master Trainer of Mediation at the Bangalore Mediation Centre who routinely trains and mentors mediators.


Educational Qualifications


Justice Siri Jagan

Former Judge, High Court of Kerala

General Biography

Justice Siri Jagan brings to mediation his vast legal and judicial experience across different legal domains. Justice Siri Jagan practiced as an Advocate for nearly thirty years before being appointed as a Judge to the High Court of Kerala in 2006 where he served until 2014. Since retirement, Justice Siri Jagan has been appointed by the Supreme Court to head various Committees and Panels.

Having served on the Bench and adjudicated innumerable cases Justice Siri Jagan has a deep understanding of the realities of our litigation system.  As a mediator, he can help parties realistically and comprehensively understand the pros and cons of litigation and take informed decisions to reach an amicable settlement. A gentle, yet firm personality, Justice Siri Jagan is able to put parties at ease and instill confidence in the effectiveness of the mediation process.


He is comfortable in Malayalam and English.


ADR Experience

Justice Siri Jagan has been a leader in the mediation movement in Kerala having served as a Founding Member of the Kerala State Mediation and Conciliation Centre, the court annexed mediation program of the Kerala High Court. He was President  of the Board of Governors between 2013-2014. Under his leadership mediation centres were set up in all districts of Kerala.of the Board of Governors between 2013-2014.

While on the Bench, Justice Siri Jagan routinely urged parties to find ways to amicably settle their dispute.He has presided over several settlementtalks both as a Judge and post retirement.


ADR Training

 He has undergone a 40 hour Mediation training at the Centre for Advanced Mediation Practice.


Practice Areas

 In his vast legal and judicial practice Justice Siri Jagan has dealt with a wide variety of cases including contentious matters with statutory corporations. He is best known for his expertise in commercial, labour, tax and service matters.


ADR Teaching & Mentoring

Through his judicial career and post retirement Justice Siri Jagan has mentored several mediators and advocates in mediation


Educational Qualifications

BSc and LLB from Kerala University and LLM from Cochin University of Science and Technology

Sriram Panchu

Senior Advocate & Mediator

General Biography

Mr. Sriram Panchu is a Senior Advocate and Mediator. He is the President of Mediators India, a national association of Indian mediators. He serves on the Board of the National Legal Services Authority, India and the Board of the International Mediation Institute (IMI). He founded the Indian Centre for Mediation and Dispute Resolution in 2001 and set up India’s first court-annexed mediation centre in 2005, serving as the first Honorary Organising Secretary of the Madras High Court Mediation and Conciliation Centre. He became the Founder and Vice-President of Association of Indian Mediators in 2012. In 2013-14, he was part of the Advisory Panel on Mediation, Law Commission of India and has been instrumental in making mediation a part of India’s legal system.

The Supreme Court of India has referred to Mr. Panchu as a “distinguished mediator”, an “eminent trainer” and “one of the foremost mediators in the country”. He is a certified mediator on the panel of the Singapore International Mediation Centre. In addition to his mediation experience and legal practice, Mr. Panchu has also undertaken public interest litigations pertaining to consumer rights, good governance and curbing of corruption. He is a member of various prestigious legal associations and was previously the Editor of the Mediation Journal of International Bar Association and a member of the Advisory Panel of the Asian Journal of Mediation.


ADR Experience

Mr. Panchu has mediated a large number of complex and high-value disputes across the range of commercial, corporate and contractual disputes in different parts of India and abroad. These include construction and property development, insolvency and winding-up, property disputes, family business conflict, intellectual property and information technology disputes. He has also mediated international commercial disputes. Several of these were referred to him by the Supreme Court of India and the State High Courts. He was appointed by India’s Supreme Court to mediate a long standing border dispute between two States, and another public dispute involving the Parsi community in Bombay. He has also mediated a high stake dispute resulting in one of the highest settlements in a court-annexed mediation in India.

He is at ease with the facilitative and evaluative styles of mediation.  He also combines mediation and arbitration, and has developed innovative methods which are user-friendly, and ensure finality of result with the best possible solution. As a mediator, he has experience in mediating disputes between parties with different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. His style of mediation is interest-centric, with a keen focus on the legal strengths and weaknesses of the parties in a dispute. During mediation, he seeks to engage with parties extensively, with a view to devising multiple options for settlement.


ADR Training

Mr. Panchu was a fellow at the Salzburg Seminar in 1991. He also attended a training in mediation conducted by the ICADR and Pepperdine University, USA in 1996. From 2000 to 2001, he also researched in the field of mediation while teaching at the New York University School of Law.


Practice Areas

Property including real estate, development, construction

Contracts including commercial contracts, sub-contractor, vendor

Commercial including family business disputes, insolvency, international commercial, winding up, financial, telecommunications and technology disputes

Public disputes including disputes referred by Courts

Boundary dispute

Government related, investor-state and regulatory disputes

Environmental disputes

Intellectual property



ADR Teaching & Mentoring

Mr.Panchu has mentored hundreds of mediators and has been a part of the training faculty of prestigious mediation courses. In addition to this, he has been actively involved in the formulation of curriculum and teaching manuals for mediation training in India. He has conducted various awareness programmes and lectured extensively regarding mediation for law students and legal professionals. He has also been involved in the development of organisational charters and model procedures for High Court mediation centres across India.



Mr. Panchu has authored two books on mediation. His first book “Settle for More” East West Books (Madras) Pvt. Ltd., 2007) introduced mediation to the Indian audience. His second publication “Mediation: Practice & Law” (Butterworths, LexisNexis, 2011) is the standard manual in India. He has further contributed the Indian chapter in Getting the Deal Through, published in October 2012. A chapter on mediation in Halsbury’s Laws of India authored by him awaits publication.


Educational Qualifications

Mr. Panchu received his BA (Hons.) degree and LLB degree from Bombay University.

Mediation Specialists

This list includes lawyers who have undergone a 40 hour Mediator training Program and are working towards fulfilling the requirement to become an empanelled mediators at CAMP.

Senior Partner – ALMT Legal
Partner at Kochhar & Co
Partner – J. Sagar Associates
Monu Iyappa K B
Private Mediator
Gitanjali Prabhu
Associate at AZB & Partners
CEO & Co-Founder - Vahura
Managing Partner | Vice Chairman
Associate at AZB & Partners
Founder, Novojuris Legal
Saradha Kumar
Legal Consultant
Gokul Narayan
Partner, Aarna Law
Founding Partner, MD & T Partners
Renu Parekh
Legal Consultant
Bhakti Popat
Advocate & Solicitors
M Sentamil Selvan
Manager - Legal, IndusIND Bank
IP Academic & Consultant / Founder - SpicyIP, IDIA, P-PIL
Krishna Kumar S T
Natioanl Head - Legal & Asset Recovery - Industrial Bank Ltd
Siddarth Raja
Sr Partner & National Executive Director, Argus Partners, Advocates & Solicitors
Joint Partner/Head Corporate Div, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan.
Founding Partner - Mani Chengappa & Mathur
Director Cochin Institute of International Arbitration
Siboney Sagar
Lawyer & Mediator