Justice M N Venkatachaliah was the 25th Chief Justice of India. He served as Chief Justice from 1993 to 1994. He currently serves as the Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (Deemed University). Post retirement, he has continued to work on anti-corruption and human rights issues, including support for the launch of the initiatives of Change Centre for Governance in 2003.
He served as the Chairman of National Human Rights Commission from 1996-1998 and in 2000 he headed National Commission to review the working of the Constitution.
Justice Joseph was a Judge of the Supreme Court of India between July, 2008 & January, 2012. Post his retirement from the Supreme Court, he was a member and acting chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission.
Before his elevation to the Supreme Court of India, he was the Chief Justice of Uttarakand High Court and Karnataka High Court. It was under his leadership as Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court that the Bangalore Mediation Centre, one of the leading court annexed mediation programs in the country was set up.
Justice K Kannan was formerly a Judge at High Court of Punjab & Haryana, Chandigarh, India. He is presently the Chairman of the Railways Claims Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi. A trained mediator, Justice Kannan has been actively involved in more than 50 court-annexed mediation. He also introduced mediation techniques through the High Court Mediation Committee to faculty and law students at local universities during his eight years on the bench .Justice Kannan is a 2017 JAMS Weinstein Fellow, with an interest in mediating ethno-religious disputes and establishing best practices for resolving such conflicts in India.
Apart from a avid interest in medicine and law as an inter-disciplinary approach, he is also an expert in liability and succession laws. Justice Kannan writes in leading newspapers on socio-legal issues. His principled declaration of assets as the first judge in India to do so brought a new paradigm for the entire judiciary to follow; and the weekly India Today named him among twenty heroes of 2009.
Prof. Menon is the architect of the new model of legal education in India, the Five Year Integrated L.L.B programme. He served the prestigious National Law School of India University(NLSIU)as its Founding Vice-Chancellor for 12 years. He was invited by the West Bengal Government to establish a similar law school in Kolkata. From 1998 to 2003, he served as the Founder Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Juridical Sciences. The Supreme Court sought his services to set up the National Judicial Academy at Bhopal and the Founder Director of NJA till 2006.
Prof. Menon has been decorated with several awards by Government and professional bodies. Notable among them being the Padmashree, the highest civilian award for outstanding public services in India(2003)
Prof. Menon is Chairman of the Menon Institute of Legal Advocacy Training (MILAT), an educational charity at Trivandrum.
Hon. Daniel Weinstien (Ret.) is one of the nation’s preeminent mediators of complex civil disputes. He was a Judge at the Superior Court of San Francisco and one of the founders of JAMS(the world’s largest provider of mediation & arbitration services). He is a pioneer in the development of mediation, teaches and lectures to fellow mediators and lawyers throughout the United States.
Judge Weinstein is recognized as one of the premier mediators of complex, multi-party, high-stake cases, both in the United States and aboard. He is the recipients of the 2014 International Advocate for Peace Award from the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, whose past honorees have included former Presidents Jimmy Carters and Bill Clinton, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Bishop Desmond Tutu.
He has successfully mediated several high profile cases across several subject areas such as environmental cases, human and civil rights ,intellectual property, entertainment cases, international matters and some of the complex disputes involving multinational corporations like Microsoft, Apple, Intel, Motorola, Hewlett Packard, Volvo and BMW.
A presiding judge of the Dongguan No.2 People’s Court, Judge Jiang Heping (Michael) has been a judge of the Dongguan People’s Court since 2002.He has presided over all types of civil litigation including labor disputes, medical malpractice and family disputes. Judge Jiang led the teams that designed and implemented the Court-annexed ADR program in the Dongguan People’s Court. In 2010, Judge Jiang joined a mediation skill training program offered by Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) and now is a recognized mediator of the SMC. In 2011, Judge Jiang was select as a Weinstein fellow and a visiting scholar at the Gould Centre of Stanford Law School.
Rebecca Westerfield has been a full-time mediator and arbitrator with JAMS based in USA for over twenty-five years. Rebecca has served as a neutral in thousands of business and commercial cases involving major Fortune 500 multi-national corporations with a special emphasis on matters arising out of Silicon Valley including internet defamations , unfair competition, intellectual property, employment, stock purchase agreements, real estate and closely held/family enterprises.
Rebecca has been recognized a “master mediator” by the legal press and as effective mediator by the Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. Rebecca is also an elected fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and currently serves on the Board of JAMS. Rebecca has lectured on ADR at Stanford University School of Law and taught as an adjunct professor at University of California Berkley School of Law.
Bruce Edwards was one of the pioneers in developing mediation as a tool for resolving commercial disputes in the United State. After being introduced to the power of mediation in 1985, it soon became the focus of his practice. Over the last 30 years, Bruce has mediated over 6000 disputes throughout the United States and the world. These disputes range from “simple” two party conflicts involving business disputes, personal injury and wrongful death, to more complex environmental, insurance or construction claims. Some mediations have involved more than 80 parties. He played a central role in establishing the largest and most successful dispute resolution company in the country, JAMS. Until 2014, he served as Chairman of the Board.
Bruce has devoted a substantial amount of time sharing his practical knowledge with others. For the past 20 years, he has taught advanced mediation to aspiring mediators through the prestigious Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. His mediation training in Bangalore, India, sponsored by the High Court of Karnataka, brought the fifty mediators in India together for the first time so that they could learn Bruce’s advanced mediation techniques.
Bruce Edwards co-founded Edwards Mediation Academy in 2014 with his wife , Susan Franson Edwards, with the goals of raising the overall practical experience of people in the mediation industry.
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.
Prasanna 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, Prasanna 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. .
He has extensive experience:
– Has advised corporates on a variety of Corporate transactions, mergers & acquisitions
– Is a member of the Karnataka Bar Association and appears in court primarily in diverse corporate matters
– Is associated with Aarna Law as a Senior Advisor to that firm. Prasanna has been and continues to be a Director on the Boards of many of the Aditya Birla Group Companies both in India and abroad
– Serves as a Director on the Boards of Indian Companies as well as on the Advisory Board of: (i) OPC Asset Solutions Ltd, an Operating Lease Company and (ii) Economic Law Practices, a large law firm headquartered in Mumbai
– Is a Senior Consultant, in India, to the renowned Private Equity Firm, TPG Growth
– Is currently active in the working of various committees of the Bangalore Chamber of Commerce & Industries and also the local chapter of the Confederation of the Indian Industries.
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.
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 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.
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.
– Teaching Assistant – Alternative Dispute Resolution, National Law School of India University, 2003
– Associate, Amarchand & Mangaldas – M&A, Structured Finance and Capital Markets, 2004 – 2007
– Co-Founder, Vice-President – Rainmaker Training & Recruitment, 2007 – 2011
– Co-Founder, CEO – Vahura, 2011 till date
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.
Victor Schachter is the founder and President of the Foundation for Sustainable Rule of Law Initiatives (“FSRI”), a leading non-profit organisation that is involved in creating sustainable mediation centres for achieving timely, fair and peaceful conflict resolution in developing countries. Prior to his founding FSRI, Mr Schachter was a litigation partner at Fenwick & West where he was the Chairman of its Employment Practices Group. He has served extensively as a mediator, and as an advocate representing clients in numerous mediation and arbitrations over his fifty-year career. In collaboration with the High Courts of India, he served as a Project Director for legal reform programs in New Delhi, Bangalore and Kerala. In 2008, Mr. Schachter was recognised as a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for his services in judicial reform, rule of law and mediation building.