Tejpal Singh Chawla, J.D.

          Tejpal Singh Chawla has been an associate at Crowell & Moring LLP since 1998, and specializes in government contracts and general litigation. As part of his practice, Mr. Chawla has worked on complex commercial litigation arising in federal and state courts, and has particular expertise in the areas of telecommunications and international litigation. Mr. Chawla has litigated cases involving the False Claims Act and the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act, and participated in bid protests before the General Accounting Office.

          Mr. Chawla received a BA in Political Science from Boston University, magna cum laude, and his JD with Honors from the George Washington University Law School. Mr. Chawla was a member of the Public Contract Law Journal, and the George Washington University Law School Moot Court Board after finishing as a Semi-finalist in the 1997 Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. His past experience includes internships with the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Federal District Court Judge Deborah K. Chasanow, D.C. Superior Court Judge Ann O'Regan Keary, and Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II.

          Mr. Chawla is licensed to practice before the California Supreme Court, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Mr. Chawla is also an active member of the D.C. Bar Association, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA), the South Asian Bar Association and the Association of Sikh Professionals.

          Mr. Chawla is a former President of the APABA Educational Fund (2001-2002), and in 2002, Mr. Chawla was appointed by D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams as a Commissioner to the D.C. Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs (until 2005).  Mr. Chawla is widely recognized as the first Sikh American to sit on a D.C. Commission in the history of the City.  Mr. Chawla also actively works with local and national civic and law enforcement officials on diversity issues and sits on the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia’s Bias Crime Task Force, and the Metropolitan Police Department’s Biased Policing Initiative.

          In addition to these activities, Mr. Chawla sits on the Board of Directors of the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Taskforce (SMART).  Founded in 1996, SMART is a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to combat prejudice, protect civil rights and religious freedoms, and provide resources to empower the Sikh American community.  As part of his work with SMART, Mr. Chawla has worked directly with victims of discrimination and has helped construct broad and diverse national coalitions to prevent hate crimes, protect civil liberties and promote diversity. 

          Mr. Chawla is a frequent guest speaker before national organizations on issues related to hate crimes and religious discrimination, and he frequently participates in national, local and governmental outreach efforts to promote diversity in the workplace.  Since September 11th, Mr. Chawla has been  active in supporting the efforts of numerous civil liberty and hate crime initiatives, and has frequently met with senior members of Congress, the Department of Justice, Department of Transportation and the FBI to reduce hate crimes and prohibit improper religious and racial profiling.  

          In 2002, Mr. Chawla was recognized as one of the Top 30 Most Influential Asian Pacific Americans Under the Age of 30 by the online magazine Politicalcircus.com.  Mr. Chawla is the son of Harbhajan Singh and Jagjit Kaur Chawla, and was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Chawla currently resides in the District of Columbia.

          Contact address: Crowell & Moring LLP,  1001 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004.

 

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