I am the daughter of two immigrants from India. My father, an engineer, came to the US to obtain his Ph.D. and my mother, a dietician in a nursing home, worked hard to create a better life for their children and fulfill their American Dream. My sister, an engineer living in Moraga, and I grew up in the US. Since I was a child, I knew I wanted to do something to help others and I was attracted to law most likely from watching reruns of Perry Mason with my father. To that end, after attending law school I worked as a public defender in Pennsylvania and a legal aid attorney in Ohio and Minnesota. Upon moving to Fremont six years ago, I established my own law practice. My work and my husband’s work as a heart surgeon have given me insight into the struggle people face in accessing quality health care and the impact inadequate health care and the cost of health care have on peoples’ lives and society as a whole.
As a legal aid attorney, I fought for my clients to obtain medical insurance while they were awaiting disability benefits and I stopped working families from having their paychecks garnished due to medical bills. I developed a program which represented children and qualified eligible children for disability benefits and made sure they received appropriate education services from public school districts. I represented women that were victims of domestic violence and advocated for them to get restraining orders, divorces and receive child and spousal support. As a public defender, I advocated for clients to obtain necessary mental health treatment to address the issues that contributed to their involvement in the criminal justice system. I am a member of the Alameda County Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Advisory Committee and I served as a board member for a women and children’s domestic violence shelter. I am proud to call Fremont home and I was recently named one of the four best attorneys in Fremont by the Argus.
Fighting for justice is not always easy. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose, but I never stop fighting or give up hope. Honesty, hard work and standing up for what is right are the values I learned from my parents and if elected, I will apply those same values and work hard for you.
When I am not working, I enjoy playing tennis with my husband, Shashank Jolly, attending Bar Method classes, and taking our “fur child” Rosie on long walks.