At the age of four in 1973, I traveled to the United States from India with my family. Growing up as an immigrant in the Chicago suburbs in the 1970s and 1980s, I experienced the incredible opportunities of my adopted homeland as well as many instances of painful bigotry and intolerance. The combination of all of these experiences set me on a path of public service in pursuit of justice. Today, I am uniquely qualified to bring a quarter of a century’s worth of trial skills, policy expertise, and a proven ability to work with diverse groups of people as the next Kane County State’s Attorney.

Education

I grew up in Hoffman Estates and attended Hoffman Estates High School. After graduation in 1987, I attended the University of Iowa where I earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1991. I went to The American University’s Washington College of Law where I earned a law degree (JD) in 1994.

I was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1994. I was also admitted to the Federal Trial Bar in the Northern District of Illinois and to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Professional Experience

Over the past 25 years, I have worked for justice in courtrooms, at the grassroots in the community, and inside government.

1994 – 2007 I began my career defending the poor in private practice and with the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. I litigated cases in juvenile court, abuse and neglect court, domestic violence court, and felony court. I also litigated civil rights cases for people who were discriminated against at work. In private practice, I regularly took on criminal and civil liberties cases pro bono.

2007 – 2009 I spent almost two years leading a community based not-for-profit organization where I focused on building interfaith bridges around issues that served the common good of all Americans.

2009 – 2019 For almost 10 years I collaborated with researchers, program managers, and other lawyers at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) where together we worked to improve the criminal justice system through programs, grants, research, policy, and legislation. At ICJIA I worked with many different community groups, advocates, educators, lawmakers, and with judges, public defenders, prosecutors, probation officers, and law enforcement.

Present I currently work with the Illinois Department of Public Health where I provide legal counsel to the Office of Health Care Regulation and prosecute administrative cases against health care providers in violation of state and federal regulatory codes.

Family and Personal Life

I live in Elgin with my wife and four children. My children have attended both U-46 and Burlington D301 schools. I am a youth sports coach. I helped coach all my children’s respective soccer teams. For the past five years, I’ve actively involved with the Rockets Wrestling Club, a youth feeder program in the Burlington D301 school district. I volunteer my time year round to help on the board and with coaching responsibilities.

I try to remain active. I enjoy running, powerlifting, rugby, and softball. I am a diehard Iowa Hawkeye, and I travel back to Iowa City at least once a year to attend a home football game at Kinnick Stadium or a wrestling dual at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.