Senior Solicitor Shiraz Patodia of Dua Associates, along with Rupinder Malik, Partner, J Sagar and  Suguna Sodhi, Partner, EY initiated and launched the India Chapter of Women’s White Collar Defence Association. (WWCDA), on June 2, 2020 through an e-event.

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Ms. Karen A. Popp (the Co-founder and Global Chair of WWCDA) welcomed the group and the keynote address was delivered by Justice Indu Malhotra, Supreme Court of India.

The launch also included a panel discussion on the topic “Breaking barriers amongst the Legal fraternity” where Ms. Indira Jaising (Senior Advocate), Ms. Geeta Luthra (Senior Advocate) and Ms. Shiraz R Patodia (Senior Solicitor, Dua Associates) shared their thoughts with the moderator of the session, Ms. Saguna Sodhi (Partner, EY).

With this formal inauguration India became the 42nd Chapter of the Association.

WWCDA was founded in 1999 with the Washington D.C.  Chapter to address the glaring lack of women in white collar practice and in existing professional white collar organisations. Today it is a coalition of senior women attorneys/professionals who specialize in white collar criminal defence and government investigations.

The India chapter of WWCDA initiated by  the three senior women professionals aims to build relationships between other senior women attorneys in India and global counterparts who work in a diverse range of white collar practice areas including white collar litigation, fraud, internal investigations, regulatory prosecutions, compliance and corporate governance and advisory matters. The chapter plans to meet periodically and hosts networking events such as webinars, lunches, and discussion forums etc.  For further details, visit the website

Members of Dua Associates are proud of this initiative led by Shiraz Patodia as it is an epic development for women in the legal profession in India. More importantly, this presents a huge opportunity for all at Dua Associates  to further  build our Firm’s  White collar Crime practice thanks to the networking, active promotion of common interests of women consulting professionals who specialize in the same field and the referral opportunities to attorneys in the practice


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