Biography

Deepti’s business and economics background informs her understanding of the numbers involved in legal matters, whether related to business decisions or litigation.

Deepti was a summer associate with B&D in 2019 and re-joined the firm in November. She assists with FIFRA research and other related assignments. Her interest in law began as an undergraduate while studying abroad in Costa Rica, working with an indigenous group called the Boruca. Her international experience focuses on the circular economy and she continues to build expertise in Basel Convention and other international and federal laws related to waste recycling and disposal, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)/Paris Agreement, and carbon trading.

Prior to joining the firm, Deepti served as a legal clerk for The Nature Conservancy in Washington, DC. She also interned at the Environmental Law Institute where she conducted research in Spanish on Honduran and Guatemalan ocean space management law to develop a sustainable management strategy for the world’s second-largest barrier reef, and developed a guide overviewing environmental review legal authority for the U.S. (NEPA) and Canada (CEAA) analyzing co-management opportunities for Arctic indigenous groups to continue subsistence lifestyles and food sovereignty.

She is dedicated to pro bono service handling matters relating to fisheries disputes, green certifications, tribal citizenship, river conservation in the Balkans, and disaster relief and resiliency.

While in law school, Deepti served as Secretary of the Environment and Energy Law Association, as a research assistant to Associate Dean LeRoy C. Paddock in the Environmental and Energy Law Program and Associate Professor Bearer-Friend in the Tax Law Program, student co-chair of ABA TIPS Animal Law Committee's Wildlife Subcommittee, and as a member of The George Washington Law Review.

Prior to law school, as a business economics major in Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Deepti took courses in economics, finance, conservation biology and policy, community ecology, and business ethics, and was a marketing intern for a small tailoring business. Following her internship, she formed a sustainable fashion business sourcing items from Costa Rica before serving as a financial consultant at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC).

*Not admitted to practice in the District of Columbia. Supervised by principals of the Firm who are members of the District of Columbia Bar.

Education

  • Indiana University  (B.S., with Honors, 2016)
    • Business Economics
    • Minor in Business & the Environment
    • Minor in Spanish
    • Wells Scholar
  • George Washington University  (J.D., with Honors, 2020)
    • The George Washington Law Review, Associate
    • Planet Forward, Senior Correspondent

Professional Affiliations

  • ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Animal Law Committee – Wildlife Subcommittee Co-Chair
  • South Asian Bar Association of DC (pending DC Bar Admission)

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer with DC Greens

Language

  • Spanish (Fluent - advanced conversational and written)
  • Hindi (Proficient - intermediate conversational and beginner written)