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September 24, 2013


The North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA) commends President Obama’s nomination of Indira (“Indi”) Talwani to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. “Indi is a committed attorney with an exceptional record. She is admired by her peers. We are extremely excited that another deserving South Asian has been nominated to the judiciary,” pronounced Nadeem Bezar, President of NASABA.

Talwani is a respected leader in the public interest legal community and a leading authority on the Family Medical Leave Act. She has tried more than twenty-five arbitration cases as lead or solo counsel and has developed an impressive record as an advocate for the underserved while working on a wide variety of matters from complex civil anti-trust litigation, whistleblower protections under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, low wage class action, and challenging an Environmental Protection Agency decision. Ms. Talwani is a tireless advocate on behalf of the underserved and understands the value of labor relations. These skills have distinguished her among her peers. In 2012, the Chinese Progressive Association awarded her the Workers Justice Award. In 2010, The Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named her one of the “Top 10 Lawyers of the Year.”

Talwani will be the third current South Asian nominee by President Obama, after Vince Chhabria and Manish Shah, both awaiting confirmation. Once confirmed, Talwani would be the first South Asian justice in the First Circuit.

Ms. Talwani is currently a partner in the Boston law firm of Segal Roitman, LLP and focuses her practice on labor and employment law. Talwani received her J.D. from the University of California Berkeley School of Law (a.k.a. Boalt Hall), in 1988 and she received her B.A. cum laude, from Harvard-Radcliffe in 1982. She served as a law clerk to Hon. Stanley A. Weigel in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and was a partner at Altshuler Berzon LLP in San Francisco before moving to Boston in 1999.

NASABA is a voluntary bar organization and serves an umbrella organization to 25 chapters in the United States and Canada. NASABA is a recognized forum for professional growth and advancement for South Asian attorneys in North America and seeks to protect the rights and liberties of the South Asian community across the continent. Learn more at


Neil C. Maskeri
Vice President of Public Relations
North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA)

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