Chicago partner Avanti Bakane has been elected President of Leading India's Future Today (LIFT) by the organization's Associate Board. Bakane replaces the previous president who was the founder of LIFT's Associate Board and served as president since 2013.
Leading India’s Future Today (LIFT) is dedicated to developing leadership excellence in motivated and talented youth in Tamil Nadu, India. LIFT provides quality education and a home environment for youth with high potential who would typically be denied schooling due to limited access to resources. LIFT students and staff are committed to transforming their society from within to help combat poverty, unemployment, and disease.
Bakane is actively involved in the legal and diversity organizations in Chicago and nationally. She is most recently the former President of the South Asian Bar Association and she also volunteers with Apna Ghar, a civil rights and social action organization.
Bakane is a member of the Commercial Litigation practice group at Gordon & Rees. Clients regularly retain Bakane in a variety of complex matters. She represents publicly traded and smaller companies alike in areas such as complex class action, antitrust, and other commercial litigation with a focus in consumer class action defense. She has experience in federal and state courts across the country. She assists with ethical and compliance matters and is a key asset in pre-suit negotiations, litigation, and other legal counseling.