Board of Directors

Officers

Vice President of Membership

Ehsan Chowdhry, Esq.

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Vice President of Communications

Arupa Barua, Esq.

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Christine Kim Neeman, Esq., President

Christine Kim Neeman is currently a Deputy Attorney General employed by the State of New Jersey, Department of Law and Public Safety.  She has been with the Department of Law and Public Safety since 2011 and began her career in the public sector in the Division of Law, Correction and State Police section. She has practiced in the Federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal District Court, State Appellate Court, State Trial Court, and the Office of Administrative Law.  Christine has a strong interest in the public sector and committed to serving the State of New Jersey and its citizens.
Christine graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 2000, and graduated from American University in 2004 with B.S.B.A majoring in International Finance.  She received her J.D. from Widener Law School in Wilmington, D.E. in 2008. After law school, Christine was a law clerk to the Honorable Gerald J. Council, P.J.Cr. in Mercer Vicinage. Thereafter, she was an associate at Kent McBride, P.C., focusing on insurance defense litigation.
Christine has been an active member of various bar associations in New Jersey.  She has been an active member of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey since 2010.  She is also heavily involved with the New Jersey State Bar Association as a co-chair of the Diversity Committee, and was the government representative of the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee from 2011 to 2016. She was also part of the inaugural class of the New Jersey State Bar Association Leadership Academy.
Christine’s dedication to the public sector has been recognized by the State of New Jersey.  She was invited to join the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office Diversity Council, and she received the Attorney General’s Award in 2015 and 2017.  
Christine enjoys playing golf, and lives with her husband and their dog in Burlington County.

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Jack Chan, Esq., President-Elect

Jack Chan has over fifteen years of experience as a New Jersey and New York litigator and transactional attorney.  Jack began his legal career as the clerk for the Honorable Thomas N. Lyons in the New Jersey Superior Court.  Thereafter, he joined Robertson, Freilich, Bruno & Cohen, a Newark litigation boutique where he worked on matters including Lanham Act unfair competition claims, environmental insurance coverage cases, employment discrimination and other complex commercial disputes.  He then joined Saiber LLC, where he continued his litigation practice working on intellectual property cases, representing major insurance carriers and defending products liability class actions. 

Most recently, before launching his own law firm, Jack worked in the complex casualty coverage unit at AIG, specializing in high-value insurance coverage matters.

Now as a solo practitioner, Jack specializes in real estate transactions, commercial litigation, landlord-tenant law, and personal bankruptcy.  Jack was recently on the Board of Directors for the Fort Lee Regional Chamber of Commerce and is currently the Vice-President of Membership of APALA-NJ.  He is a graduate of New York University and Boston University School of Law.

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Ehsan Chowdhry, Esq., Vice President of Membership

Ehsan F. Chowdhry, ESQ is the owner of EFC LAW PRACTICE, LLC, a law firm exclusively dedicated to Criminal Defense, Juvenile Law, Municipal Court and White Collar Crime.  He is licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has court admissions for the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
After graduating from Widener Law School, he commenced a state judicial clerkship with the Honorable Vincent J. Grasso, A.J.S.C. (retired) in the New Jersey Superior Court, Law Division, Criminal Part. Thereafter, he became sworn in as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.  From there he transferred to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office where he served in the Megan’s Law Unit, Juvenile Investigations Unit, Grand Jury Unit and the Trial Team. He has been fortunate to have done multiple trials, both bench and jury, with an overwhelming success rate. Moreover, all of his trial court cases that went to the Appellate Division were affirmed in the State's favor.
Ehsan has been certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney. Moreover, he is only 1 of 5 attorneys in the entire state of New Jersey who is nationally certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Criminal Trial Advocate. He has also been designated by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy as a “Master Advocate” and "Advocate." Ehsan's awards and honors include winning the New Jersey Law Journal's New Leader of the Bar Award for 2017, the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award for 2015 from the NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law, becoming the first government attorney to win the Ten Leaders of Government Prosecutors Award and the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Award.
He is active in his legal community and was active in his law enforcement community. He is serving his fourth year on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Criminal Practice Committee.  He is the New Jersey Muslim Lawyer's Association (NJMLA) President, the New Jersey regional director for the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML), serves as the Executive Law Student Liaison for the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey (SABA-NJ) and a Board of Director for the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA NJ).   Ehsan is a member of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (ACDL-NJ), the Ocean County Bar Association (OCBA) serving on the Criminal Practice and Mock Trial Committee, the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), American Bar Association's (ABA) Criminal Justice Section, the Haydn Inn of Court and the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ). He previously served as the county liaison to the state for Fingerprinting and DNA, a certified instructor at the Ocean County Police Academy and was a co liaison for the New Jersey Human Trafficking Task Force. Ehsan is an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers Law School and prior served as an adjunct faculty member Ocean County College's Business Law Department.

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Arupa Barua, Esq., Vice President of Communications

As the Motor Vehicle Commission’s (“MVC”) Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) Officer, Arupa Barua heads the EEO Office to ensure that MVC is in compliance with all applicable State and Federal anti-discrimination laws, which include, but are not limited to, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In furthering this goal, the EEO Office investigates and makes findings on claims of discrimination filed by applicants, including current and former employees, and members of the public.


Prior to joining the MVC, Ms. Barua worked as a Deputy Attorney General (DAG) for the State of New Jersey’s Office of the Attorney General for over three years. As a DAG, she was assigned to the Employment Counseling and Labor section, where she worked to represent and advise State agencies on employment and labor matters, including employment discrimination claims filed by State employees with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights (DCR).

Ms. Barua is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. She was born in Bangladesh and immigrated with her family to the United States when she was six years old. She received her B.A. in 2007 from Michigan State University’s James Madison College of Public Affairs, majoring in International Relations and minoring in International Development, Muslim Studies, and Asian Studies. In 2011, Ms. Barua received her Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden.

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Jonathan Amar, Esq., Treasurer

Jon Amar is an associate in Goldberg Segalla’s Princeton office. He has significant experience defending long-term care and post-acute facilities in professional and general liability matters in state, federal, and alternative dispute resolution forums. Jon also provides strategic day-to-day business and regulatory advice to health care clients to help foster risk management solutions to help avoid or mitigate future claims.

In addition, Jon’s practice includes counseling employers on employment law matters and defending employers in employment litigation brought in federal and state courts. He also represents employers before federal and state departments of labor and human rights agencies, and defends corporations in commercial litigation matters, including shareholder disputes, breach of contract claims, and creditors’ rights suits.

Before entering private practice, Jon served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx District Attorney's Office, where he served as lead counsel on six trials, prosecuted more than 300 cases from initial complaint to verdict or settlement, and conducted numerous grand jury investigations.

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Andrew Sarrol, Esq., Secretary

Andrew Sarrol is a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey. As a member of the Department of Law & Public Safety’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), he focuses on the investigation and resolution of employment discrimination complaints. He also conducts EEO training for Department employees and defends appeals before the Civil Service Commission.
Prior to joining the Office of EEO, Mr. Sarrol was a Deputy Attorney General in the Division of Law. In that role, he litigated civil actions on behalf of various law enforcement agencies, including the New Jersey State Police, the Department of Corrections, the State Parole Board, and the Juvenile Justice Commission. Mr. Sarrol has practiced in the Office of Administrative Law, State Superior Court, the State Appellate Division, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.   
Mr. Sarrol graduated summa cum laude from The College of New Jersey with a B.A. in English. After college, he obtained his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law where he served as an editor of the Circuit Review and a member of the Interscholastic Moot Court Board. After law school, he was a law clerk for the Honorable Lisa F. Chrystal in the Union Vicinage.
Mr. Sarrol is an active member of the legal community, serving as a member of the Attorney General’s Diversity Council and the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Diversity Committee.

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Rahat Babar, Esq., Director

Rahat N. Babar serves as a Northeast Regional Governor for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”) and co-chairs NAPABA’s Civil Rights Committee.   He was the 2014 President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (“APABA-PA”), and prior to his election as President, Rahat spearheaded its Community Outreach Committee, one of the more visible committees of the organization.  He remains active with APABA-PA as a member of its Board and co-chairing APABA-PA’s Policy Committee. 

Rahat has been a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns since 2013.  The Committee is tasked with ensuring the implementation of court-approved recommendations to eliminate discrimination within the courts.  He was also a member of the Board of Governors for the Philadelphia Bar Association from 2014 to 2016.  In 2013, The Legal Intelligencer recognized Rahat as a Diverse Attorney of the Year and a Lawyer on the Fast Track.

Currently, Rahat is a Special Assistant to the Attorney General of New Jersey involved in high-level legal matters, special projects, and initiatives on the Attorney General’s senior staff.   Rahat also serves on the Attorney General’s Diversity Council.

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K. Raja Bhattacharya, Esq., Director

K. Raja Bhattacharya grew up in New Orleans, went to college at the University of Texas in Austin and graduated from Seton Hall Law School with a Concentration in Health Law.   Raja is a partner at Bendit Weinstock, P.A. in West Orange where he focuses on Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, and Products Liability litigation.  Raja is a New Jersey Civil Certified Trial Attorney.  He currently serves as The New Jersey Association of Justice's Minority Caucus representative to the American Association of Justice and is a Co-Chair of the NJAJ Diversity and Young Lawyers' Committees.  He has been an active member of APALA-NJ since he began practicing law.  Raja is a past President of the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey, a member of the District V-B Ethics Committee, and a Steering Committee Member and Advisory Board Member of the South Asian Caucus of the New Jersey State Democratic Committee.  He is the 2016 Solo/Small Law Firm - Lawyers of the Year Award recipient from the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey and has been awarded a number of other awards such as the National Trial Lawyers' Top 100 in New Jersey award.  He has been asked to speak on topics concerning civil litigation for various Bar Associations such as NJAJ and the New Jersey State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section.Mr. Cheng received his A.B. cum laude in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Moot Court Board.  Before joining the firm, he was a senior litigator at several prominent national law firms.  He was also a marketing consultant in the brokerage operations of MetLife Insurance Company, where he was designated a Chartered life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant, as well as a Series 7 General Securities Representative.  Mr. Cheng served as a law clerk to the Honorable Julio M. Fuentes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Honorable Ronald L. Buckwalter of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Cheng is a member of several professional associations, for which he serves on various litigation, intellectual property, and ADR sections and committees.  He also serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Arbitration Advisory Committee and the Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution, as well as the S.D.N.Y.’s Mediator Advisory Committee.  Mr. Cheng is also a Trustee and the Secretary of Storytelling Arts, Inc., a New Jersey non-profit organization whose unique mission is to preserve, promote, and impart the living art of storytelling to develop literacy, strengthen communities, and nurture the human spirit.  Mr. Cheng resides in Mercer County with his wife, Michelle, and two young daughters.

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Jenny Chung, Esq., Director

Jenny Chung is an associate in the Firm’s Products Liability Group.  Jenny received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 2014, where she served as the Notes and Comments Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review.  She graduated from Boston University in 2008 with a B.A., Dean’s List, in English and Philosophy. Following law school, Jenny was a judicial clerk to the Honorable Michael A. Hammer, U.S.M.J., District of New Jersey.

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Amit Parikh, Esq., Director

Mr. Parikh is a registered patent attorney in the Intellectual Property/Information Technology law practice group of McCarter & English. His practice focuses on the procurement and enforcement of patent rights. Mr. Parikh utilizes his technical background in computer & systems engineering in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications covering a broad range of technologies in the computer, electrical, mechanical, and software arts.
Mr. Parikh has performed patentability and freedom-to-operate searches, and has prepared opinions based on his findings. Mr. Parikh has also prepared inter partes review petitions reviewed by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He has also provided support for intellectual property litigation matters, including analyzing the claims of issued patents and drafting claim charts and arguments in support of his clients’ rights.
Prior to becoming an intellectual property attorney, Mr. Parikh was a Computer Engineer in the Technology Leadership Program at Citigroup working on information technology infrastructure design and development. While attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Mr. Parikh also held valuable internships at Lehman Brothers developing scripts in Perl to optimize servers and at Pitney Bowes automating simulators using Matlab and Simulink software. Mr. Parikh’s undergraduate capstone and focus included computer hardware design where he designed a bus oriented computer.

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Florelee Wan, Esq., Director

Florelee Wan is an Associate with Wong Fleming in its Princeton, New Jersey office. Ms. Wan handles complex commercial litigation matters, representing Fortune 500 companies.  Ms. Wan received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and concentrates her practice in the areas of insurance defense and coverage, products liability, and creditors’ rights.  Ms. Wan is Past President of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ), 2013-2014 term.  She served on the APALA-NJ Executive Board for three years, was Co-Chair of the 2012 NAPABA Eastern Super Regional Conference Committee, Co-Chair of APALA-NJ’s 4th Annual Golf Outing, Co-Chair of the Membership Committee.  Ms. Wan was selected by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association to participate in the inaugural Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy in 2013.

Ms. Wan graduated from Cornell University in 1998 with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations. She received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2002. She served as a judicial intern to The Honorable David G. Trager of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in 2001. Prior to joining Wong Fleming, Ms. Wan practiced in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance defense, and premises liability with a firm in Paramus, New Jersey and practiced products liability defense for a firm in Woodbridge, New Jersey.

Ms. Wan is active in the greater community, having served as Deacon at her church, as an attorney-volunteer for Citizenship Rutgers, and is also an attorney-mentor with the New Jersey Law Education Empowerment Program, which empowers youth from underserved neighborhoods to greater educational achievement.