The South Asian Times

26 June 2019 14:07 PM

Amit Priyavadan Mehta nominated to U.S. District Court

Washington, DC: President Obama nominated yet another Indian-American to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The nomination of Amit Priyavadan Mehta on July 31 will be Obama’s second Indian-American nomination to D.C. federal courts. The first was that of Srikanth “Sri” Srinivasan, who is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, considered the second highest court after the U.S. Supreme Court. The President has nominated the highest number of Indian-Americans to judgeships. Several of them have been confirmed by the U.S. Senate over just the last year.

“I am pleased to nominate these distinguished individuals to serve on the United States District Court bench,” President Obama is quoted saying in a White House press release. The other judicial nominee is Allison Dale Burroughs for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Amit Mehta has been a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP from 2010, where he represents clients in civil and criminal matters before state and federal courts. He is married to Caroline Judge Mehta, a Harvard Law graduate who is also at Zuckerman Spaeder and specializes in white collar crime, business and corporate law as well as health care, according to the company website.

Amit Mehta has handled some high profile cases including that of former IMF president Dominique Strauss-Kahn against criminal assault charges in one of the most intense and highly publicized criminal cases of 2011. All criminal charges against Strauss-Khan were dismissed, and Amit Mehta continues to represent him in related civil matters, the Zuckerman Spaeder website says.

Update: 12 Aug, 2014