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.
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.
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:
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.
Advocate & Mediator
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).
-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.
-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.
-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.
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.