20/11/08

APARNA VISWANATHAN

Aparna Viswanathan received her Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree from Harvard University and her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Michigan Law School. She is called to the Bar in three U.S. jurisdictions (New York, Washington D.C., California), in India and the Bar in England (of Lincoln’s Inn). She is fluent in French, Spanish and Italian and advises clients in these languages.

Ms. Viswanathan began her career as a corporate attorney with the law firm of Reid & Priest in New York City and prepared contractual agreements for European and Latin American companies doing business in the United States. Ms. Viswanathan subsequently worked as a litigator with the law firm of Hancock, Rothert & Bunshoft in Los Angeles and represented large U.S. companies in products liability and insurance coverage litigation in the California Superior Court and U.S. District Court. In 1994, Ms. Viswanathan began to assist Senior Counsel in the Supreme Court of India and, in 1995, founded Viswanathan & Co., Advocates with offices in New Delhi and Bangalore. Since then, she has advised over 100 major multinational companies doing business in India and also argues cases before several High Courts in India and various arbitral tribunals.

Ms. Viswanathan is a widely published lawyer. In addition to over 70 by-lines in the Indian press from 1989 to 1994, including The Times of India, The Economic Times, The Business Standard and The Financial Express, she has published over 75 law journal articles on topics of both Indian and English company law, intellectual property, IT law, employment law and other issues in leading international law journals including the International Business Lawyer, the International Financial Law Review, BNA’s World Intellectual Property Report, World Telecom Law Report, World Food Regulation Review, Tax Planning International E-commerce, World Data Protection Report), Employment Law Journal, International Commercial and Company Law Review, Asian Business Review and others. She is also author of the book, “Outsourcing to India: Cross-Border Legal Issues,” published by Lexis-Nexis Butterworths in June 2008.

Ms. Viswanathan has been lecturing on U.S., Indian and English law at international for nearly two decades. In the early 1990s, Ms. Viswanathan gave a series of lectures on American law under the auspices of the Government of India, the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), the PHD Chamber of Commerce, the Computer Society of India and others. Since the year 2000, Ms. Viswanathan has lectured at conferences organized under the auspices of the International Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, New York, LAWASIA, the British Institute for International and Comparative Law, London, the Computer Law Association/ITECHLAW, and the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Paris. She is also an Officer of the Technology Committee of the International Bar Association.

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