Biden names two Indian American attorneys to the Office of the White House Counsel


(L-R) Reema Shah, Neha Gupta (Image: LinkedIn)

The Biden and Harris announcement stated that these officials will help restore faith in the rule of law and the accountability of government institutions. 

US President-elect Joe Biden named two Indian Americans, Reema Shah and Neha Gupta, to the Office of the White House Counsel. Shah was named as the Deputy Associate Counsel, while Gupta will be the Associate Counsel in the Office of the White House.

Shah served on the debate preparation team for Joe Biden during the Biden-Harris campaign. Previously, she worked as an associate at Latham & Watkins and a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General at the Department of Justice. She also was a law clerk to Justice Elena Kagan on the US Supreme Court and Judge Sri Srinivasan on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

Shah is a graduate of Harvard College, Cambridge University, and Yale Law School.

Gupta who was named as the Associate Counsel is currently an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel for the Biden-Harris transition. She was a deputy city attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s office, where she was general counsel to several city agencies, litigated constitutional and statutory challenges to city laws and administrative decisions, and participated in the office’s affirmative public protection advocacy. She previously served as a clerk for Judge Michael Daly Hawkins of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Richard Seeborg of the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

Gupta graduated from Harvard College and Stanford Law School.

Biden also named Samiyyah Ali as Deputy Associate Counsel, Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo as Associate Counsel, Tona Boyd as Special Counsel, Megan Ceronsky as Associate Counsel, Martine Cicconi as Associate Counsel, Sean Crotty as Associate Counsel and Ashley Deeks as Associate Counsel and Deputy Legal Advisor to the National Security Council.

“My administration has no greater task than restoring faith in American government. Our White House Counsel’s Office will be built upon a foundation of integrity and honesty. This qualified and crisis-tested legal team will ensure that this administration is accountable and always operates in service of the American people,” Biden said. 

As we have reported earlier, several Indian Americans hold key positions in the Biden-Harris administration. 

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