Avanti Bakane Selected Governor of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's Central Region

April 7, 2016

Chicago — Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP announced today that Avanti D. Bakane, an attorney in the firm's Chicago office, has been selected to serve as Central Regional Governor for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) for the organization's 2017–2019 term.

NAPABA is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. It represents the interests of more than 50,000 attorneys and more than 75 national, state and local bar associations.

Ms. Bakane has been a member of NAPABA since 2011. She served as President of the Indian-American Bar Association of Chicago (IABA Chicago) — a NAPABA affiliate — in 2015.

Ms. Bakane is experienced in many aspects of trial practice, including consumer class action defense for claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). She has handled hundreds of consumer litigation matters under many statutes, including — in addition to the FDCPA and TCPA — the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Truth in Lending Act, and state consumer fraud statutes. Ms. Bakane represents corporations and insurance carriers in both state and federal litigation. She also defends cases in jurisdictions across the country.

Along with her legal practice at Hinshaw and participation in NAPABA and IABA Chicago, Ms. Bakane is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and Women's Bar Association of Illinois. She also is an active volunteer with Cause for Paws and Apna Ghar. Ms. Bakane is proficient in Spanish and Marathi.

Ms. Bakane earned her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 2009 and her B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2005.

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