Visiting Researcher for Sports Law, Harvard Law School, Cambridge (MA), USA (2014)
Master of Laws (LL.M), Columbia Law School, New York, USA (Class of 2013)
Bachelor of Arts and Laws, B.A. LL.B. (Hons) National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India (Class of 2010)
Shivam holds qualifications from the Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School and National Law School of India University. He has worked as a counsel at the office of the Advocate General, Government of Bihar at the Patna High Court for 2 years. He has been practicing in Delhi since 2014 and the Supreme Court of India had in 2016 appointed him as Amicus Curiae in a murder appeal. He has also served as a defense counsel in one of India’s most complex criminal trials (Coal Scam Trial). He is regularly instructed to appear for statutory authorities, government agencies, broadcasters, sports federations, athletes and high net worth individuals across multiple dispute resolution forums in India with several reported judgments to his credit. He is a practitioner with significant expertise in sports law and has also keenly involved himself with teaching appointments at law/business schools in both India as well as abroad.
Visiting Faculty for Sports Law at Columbia University, New York, USA
Visiting Faculty for Sports Law at National Law School of India University (Bangalore)
Offered a certificate course in sports law and sports management at Gujarat National Law University (Gandhinagar).
Member, Supreme Court Bar Association (Since 2014)
Member, Bar Council of Delhi (Since 2010)
1. Represented an Indian Infrastructure Company (Sugesan Transport Limited) in a construction arbitration dispute against a Taiwan based Engineering Company (Continental Engineering Ltd).
2. Successfully represented an Indian Pharmaceutical Company in a shareholders dispute against a Belgian Chemical Company.
3. Advising an Indian Pharmaceutical Company in a London based arbitration against a British Pharmaceutical Company.
4. Part of a team of lawyers that is defending an athlete in a sports arbitration appeal preferred by the World Anti Doping Agency before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Switzerland.
1. Represented a public sector enterprise in a tripartite infrastructure arbitration against a Joint Venture Company before an Arbitral Tribunal presided by a retired Supreme Court judge.
2. Representing a domestic power generation company in an energy arbitration dispute against a Public Sector Energy Corporation before an Arbitral Tribunal consisting of a retired Supreme Court judge and two retired High Court judges.
3. Successfully defended a National Law University in an arbitration proceeding initiated by a Calcutta based infrastructure company before an Arbitral Tribunal presided by a retired Supreme Court judge.
4. Successfully represented an individual at the interim stage in a Section 34 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act proceedings before the Delhi High Court in a domain name arbitration dispute.
1. Argued for an Insurance Company before a Constitution Bench consisting of 5 judges where the Supreme Court decided the mandatory timeline of pleadings in consumer disputes. [New India Assurance Co. Ltd. vs. Hilli Multipurpose Cold Storage Pvt. Ltd, 2020 SCC Online SC 287]
2. Successfully challenged the constitutional validity of a State Arbitration Act’s provisions on the issue of independence of arbitrators. [State of Bihar & Ors. vs. Brahmaputra Infrastructure Ltd., (2018) 17 SCC 444]
3. Successfully argued on behalf of affected consumers against an Insurance Company before the Supreme Court in a dispute which has laid down guidelines covering cross appeals in motor vehicle accident cases. [Urmila Devi & Ors. vs. Branch Manager, National Insurance Company Ltd. & Anr., 2020 SCC Online SC 104]
4. Successfully argued on behalf a private individual in an arbitration dispute before the Supreme Court wherein the Supreme Court has settled the issue relating to Arbitrability of Fraud. [Rashid Raza vs. Sadaf Akhtar, (2019) 8 SCC 710]
5. Successfully secured interim relief in a writ petition before the Delhi High Court, for an Indian pharmaceutical company, where a notification of the Ministry of Health, banning more than 350 Fixed Dosage Drugs (FDCs) was under challenge [Chemonix Pvt. Ltd. v. Union of India, WP (C) No. 9994 of 2018]
6. Successfully argued before the Supreme Court on behalf of a major distillery owner against a State Government in a dispute regarding the denial of industrial subsidy benefits. [The State of Bihar & Ors. vs. M/s S.C.I. India Limited & Anr., S.L.P. (C) No. 1865/2020 heard with The State of Bihar & Ors. vs. M/s Sunny Stars Hotels Pvt. Ltd. , S.L.P. (C) No. 1878/2020)
1. Appointed as an Amicus Curiae by the Supreme Court of India in 2016 for a murder appeal. (Macchindra S/o Shankar Wani vs. State of Maharashtra, Criminal Appeal No. 707 of 2010)
2. Successfully prosecuted a gang-rape and murder appeal before the Supreme Court and secured the reversal of a High Court judgment that had quashed criminal proceedings against the accused. [Madan Razak vs. State of Bihar & Ors., (2015) 16 SCC 269]
3. Successfully argued and secured anticipatory bail orders for multiple accused individuals in offences under the Prevention of Atrocities against SC/ST Act.
4. Successfully argued before the Supreme Court on behalf of a State Government in a dispute regarding the definition of “public place” and whether consumption of alcohol would be punishable or not. [Satvinder Singh Saluja & Ors. vs. State of Bihar, (2019) 7 SCC 89]
5. Successfully argued and secured acquittal for an individual charged with offences under the Money Laundering Legislation from the PMLA Tribunal. [K Visakh v Nainar Mohammad — R 865/2018]
6. Served as a defense counsel for multiple accused individuals in one of India’s most complex criminal trials (Coal Scam Trial).
1. Appeared for Schedule Tribe Teachers from two South Indian states before a Constitution Bench consisting of 5 judges where the Supreme Court decided the permissibility of 100% Reservations [Boda Venkateswarlu vs. State of Andhra Pradesh, Civil Appeal 7040 of 2002 heard along with Chebrolu Leela Prasad Rao & Ors. vs. State of Andhra Pradesh & Ors., (2021) 11 SCC 401] .
2. Successfully argued for a police service aspirant before the Supreme Court in a case involving gender discrimination. [Khusbu Sharma vs. Bihar Police Subordinate Services Commission, 2019 SCC Online SC 1323].
3. Successfully argued before the Supreme Court and secured the right of medical practice for over 250 doctors in multiple disputes against the Medical Council of India [The State of Bihar vs. Medical Council of India & Anr, WP (C) No. 634/2018].
4. Appeared for a State Government in a case of appointment of doctors where the candidate challenged the appointment on grounds of illegality/derogation of constitutional principles. [Meeta Sahai v. State of Bihar & Ors., (2019) 20 SCC 17].
5. Represented an education sector regulator (NCTE) in multiple disputes relating to recognition, affiliation, accreditation and disciplinary issues before the Supreme Court, Delhi High Court and Patna High Court.
1. Successfully represented Star India (now Disney Company) against the national broadcaster (Prasar Bharti) in a dispute before the Supreme Court regarding mandatory sharing of television signal for sporting events of national importance. [Union of India vs. BCCI & Ors., (2018) 11 SCC 700]
2. Represented a leading broadcaster in the Supreme Court on the issue of logo free (Clean Feed) sharing of signals with the national broadcaster. [Star Sports India Private Limited vs. Prasar Bharti and Ors., (2016) 11 SCC 433]
3. Appeared before the Delhi High Court in a PIL that led to inclusion of "Mandatory Sports Arbitration Clauses" in National Sports Federations' rules. [Rajiv Dutta vs. Union of India & Ors., 2016 SCC OnLine Del 265]
4. Representing multiple athletes before the Delhi High Court in cases that have challenged the constitutional validity of anti-doping rules framed by National Anti Doping Agency of India..
5. Successfully argued on behalf of clubs, managers and athletes in hearings at National Sports Federations.
6. Advised athletes in anti-doping disputes against the National anti-Doping Agency.
1. Appointed as Amicus Curiae by the Telecom Disputes and Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) in 2020. [Siti Networks Ltd v Alfa Cable, BP 453/2019]
2. Successfully argued for a broadcaster (Star India) before the Patna High Court in a public interest litigation on the issue of censorship and self-regulation of TV content. [Jagadish Singh vs. The State of Bihar and Ors., CWJC No. 24897 of 2013]
1. Argued on behalf of Pharmacy Colleges against the AICTE and PCI in a dispute before the Supreme Court that has led to the establishment of guidelines relating to regulatory jurisdiction of AICTE and PCI. [Pharmacy Council of India vs. Dr. S.K. Toshniwal Educational Trusts Vidarbha Institute of Pharmacy and Ors., 2020 SCC Online SC 296]
2. Successfully argued before the Supreme Court and secured the extension of timelines for counselling/admission process in multiple Medical College regulatory disputes. [Rachit Sinha vs. Union of India, MA No. 1553 of 2018 in W.P. (C) No. 357 of 2018]
3. Argued on behalf of a State Government in an education dispute before the Supreme Court relating to colourblindness as a disqualification criteria for the practice of medicine. [Pranay Kumar Podder vs. State of Tripura and Ors., (2017) 13 SCC 351]
4. Represented an education sector regulator (NCTE) in multiple disputes relating to recognition, affiliation, accreditation and disciplinary issues before the Supreme Court, Delhi High Court and Patna High Courst.
1. Argued for an insurance company before a constitution bench consisting of 5 judges where the Supreme Court decided the mandatory timeline of pleading in consumer disputes. [New India Assurance Co. Ltd. v. Hilli Multipurpose Cold Storage Pvt. Ltd, 2020 SCC Online SC 287]
2. Successfully argued on behalf of affected consumers against an insurance company before the Supreme Court in a dispute, which has laid down guidelines covering cross appeals in motor vehicle accident cases. [Urmila Devi & Ors. Vs. Branch Manager, National Insurance Company Ltd. & Anr., 2020 SCC Online SC 104]
3. Representing an insurance company (IFFCO Tokio) before the Supreme Court in multiple disputes regarding the permissibility of Companies claiming benefits under the Consumer Protection Act
4. Represented a set of private individuals before the Supreme Court in a dispute regarding mandatory third party insurance in motor vehicle insurance policies