Anurag Varma advises corporations and trade associations on commerce and trade relations between the United States and India. A member of the firm’s International practice, he often advises on market entry issues and relevant policy of both countries.
Mr. Varma also advises sovereign governments around the world on U.S. policy. He develops and executes strategies to facilitate direct communication between his sovereign clients and the U.S. Congress, the Administration, non-governmental organizations, think-tanks, and other relevant public and private sector bodies on wide variety of trade and policy matters. Since 2000, Mr. Varma has also served as counsel to numerous national organizations of Americans of Indian descent.
Before joining Patton Boggs, Mr. Varma was a name partner at a general practice law firm based in Washington, D.C. where his focus was public policy and class action litigation.
Mr. Varma also works in Patton Boggs’ Litigation practice, where he focuses on national class action matters.
- In 2008, Mr. Varma served as one of the lead public policy counsel to the U.S.-India Business Council, successfully advocating for the historic passage, by the U.S. Congress, of the U.S.-India Civilian Nuclear Cooperation Initiative. In 2006 – 07, Mr. Varma was lead public policy counsel to a coalition of Indian-American organizations and individuals working in support of this initiative.
- Mr. Varma serves as public policy counsel to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the United States, after having previously served as counsel to the Embassies of India and Sri Lanka to the United States between 2008 – 2010 and 2010 – 2012, respectively.
- Mr. Varma represents the Asian-American Hotel Owners Association, whose membership owns and operates 40 percent of all hotel properties in the United States.
- In 2007, Mr. Varma was lead public policy counsel to a grassroots organization advocating before the U.S. Congress and Administration for reform of U.S. policy on permanent residency for over 1.1 million high-skilled immigrants backlogged in the nation’s Green Card process.
- From 1999 to the present day, Mr. Varma serves as one of the class counsel lawyers on a national civil rights class action matter on behalf of Native American farmers and ranchers located on tribal reservations across the United States. This case settled in 2011 for $760 million.
- From 1997 to 2007, Mr. Varma had been a lead lawyer in the $1 billion racial discrimination class-action lawsuit brought by over 25,000 African-American farmers across 35 states– one of the largest civil rights class action settlements in U.S. history.