“The future depends on what you do today.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Rashmi Chandra

SABAC Board of Directors since 2017, Vice-President 2018-19, 2019-2020

Rashmi Chandra brings 23 years of experience as a technology and intellectual property transactions lawyer. In her last position she served as Executive Director and Head of the Intellectual Property/Information Technology law practice group at Aetna Inc., one of the nation’s premier provider of health care, dental, pharmacy, disability insurance. As the lead IP counsel, Rashmi played a strategic role a number of pioneering initiatives including Aetna’s launch of an Enterprise Digital Accessibility policy and a Digital Accessibility center, establishing a Patent Center of Excellence, and overseeing all legal and strategic enforcement and maintenance issues relating to the Aetna enterprise and its subsidiaries’ intellectual property assets, brand counseling, media, technology and software legal issues. She served on the Diversity & Inclusion Council for Law & Regulatory Affairs at Aetna and speaks regularly on the topic, most recently at the Global IP Exchange in Atlanta and the Boston chapter of Women in Law Summit Series on Women, Diversity & Change. Before Aetna, Rashmi served as Senior Corporate Counsel at W.W. Grainger, Inc. where in addition to her other legal responsibilities, she was lead counsel to one of its subsidiaries, Lab Safety Supply. Prior to her inhouse career, Rashmi spent eight years in private practice as an IP and Technology Transactions lawyer at Kirkland & Ellis (Chicago office) specializing in technology and business process outsourcing and other IP transactions.

Rashmi has served as a faculty member with the Practising Law Institute since 2015 speaking regularly on the Legal Risks of Social Media and other IP-related topics. She recently served as a faculty member with Harappa Education in India for their course: Speaking Effectively. She graduated from Columbia Law School with a J.D. and as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and served as an editor on The Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. She also graduated from Northwestern University School of Law with an LL.M degree and full scholarship as a Raymond Scholar. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Lady Sriram College for Women at the University of Delhi.

Rashmi serves as Vice President and is on the Board of Directors for the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut and is an active member of the International Trademark Association, including serving on the In-House Practitioner’s Committee.

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