Desh Gaurav Sekhri (2005)
Sports-Counsel & Practice Coordinator, J. Sagar Associates
Desh is one of the only sports attorneys in India, and heads the only sports law practice among the full service Indian corporate law firms. As part of J. Sagar Associates in the National Capital Region, India, he represents clients in the sports and entertainment industries, including soccer clubs, federations, athletes, and a premier sports apparel manufacturer. He is also a part of the team that advises one of the largest global sports leagues on their India initiative. Desh's legal expertise and experiences as a former top-ranked tennis player in India and Canada allow him to provide his clients with a diverse overall perspective on the sports industry.
In addition to his work at JSA, he is a regular columnist with a variety of national publications, in particular the Indian Express and Financial Express. He also writes frequently in other daily publications and online sports portals. He writes on sports law and the business of sports, entertainment law, and other law-related current affairs.
Prior to joining JSA in 2009 he worked with one of the largest global sports management firms in the U.S., and as a Director of Orient Sports Management in New Delhi. He represented athletes, federations, and private bodies in their legal matters.
Desh was a top-ranked tennis player in both India and Canada, ranked in the top 5 in India consistently. He is formerly a national finalist in singles in Under-18s. He completed his B.A. (Honours) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi where he captained the tennis team, and also captained the Delhi University team. He then completed his B.A. with Honors from the University of Iowa on a tennis scholarship, where he was a three time letter-winner and an Academic All-Big 10. He completed his Juris Doctorate at William and Mary law school, and is licensed to practice in New York and India.