Advocate, Supreme Court of India
Mr. Viplav Sharma has significant experience in appearing as counsel, for Indian as well as foreign clients, before courts, other judicial and quasi judicial forums and arbitral tribunals, in India, as well as internationally. He has attended to a number of litigations before the Supreme Court of India, various State High Courts of India and other judicial and quasi judicial forums in India, as also litigations before the courts in the United States of America and the United Kingdom, in diverse fields of law, including, Constitutional, Civil and Criminal, Environmental, Service and Employment, Medical, Business and Commercial, Arbitration, Corporate, Taxation, Revenue, Public and Private International, Electricity, Maritime, etc. His engagements have ranged from high profile litigations, domestic and international arbitrations, both ad hoc and institutional, etc., and he has represented various multinational companies in transactional, litigation and arbitration matters, within and outside India. Additionally, he has provided numerous advises on diverse issues of law, and he also holds the experience of undertaking complex corporate and commercial transactions. He also acts as arbitrator in international arbitrations.
Mr. Sharma is an Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court, as part of a select group of attorneys who only are entitled to act, as well as to plead, in India's apex court. He also acts as counsel for several government and regulatory authorities, statutory commissions, public sector undertakings, etc. He has also provided expert evidence/opinions on issues relating to Indian law and procedure, before the Commercial Court of the Queen's Bench Division, United Kingdom; Court of Appeal, United Kingdom; the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, United States of America; District Court of Illinois, United States of America; the Surrogate's Court, State of New York, County of New York, United States of America; and the Department of Homeland Security, USCIS's Chicago Asylum Office, United States of America.
Mr. Sharma has professional association with several national and international organisations, and has several publications, on diverse issues of law, both in national and international journals, to his credit. Most recently, he contributed to a literary work titled Exceptional Courts and Military Commissions in Comparative Perspective, published by the Cambridge University Press, alongside internationally acclaimed jurists, scholars and policy makers from across the globe. He has also actively participated in policy and regulatory frameworks, and was member of the Drafting Committee that drafted the Legislation on "Abolition of Child Labour and Compulsory Education" for the State of Andhra Pradesh in India. He has contributed to the Task Force on "National Rules of Procedure for Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Awards pursuant to the New York Convention of 1958", constituted by Commission on Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, as also various projects undertaken by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Government of India.
Mr. Sharma completed his graduation in Law from the National Academy of Legal Studies And Research (NALSAR), University of Law, Hyderabad, one of the premier law universities in the country, having topped the University. He was awarded several gold medals for excellence in various subjects of law. He was also awarded the prestigious Suresh A. Shroff Memorial Fellowship for the year 2004-2005 for being the "Best Law Student". He began his career with the leading Indian law firm of Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co., and worked in its Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Group, before setting up his individual practice in the year 2010.