Managing Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Born in Guyana, Anand Sharma moved to the United States as a child and spent time as a NASA software engineer before joining Finnegan in 1995. He became Managing Partner in 2019 and is the first person of color to hold that role—making Finnegan one of the largest firms led by a person of color.

Anand has long been a leader on diversity; he created Finnegan’s diversity and inclusion committee and was its first chair. Under his leadership, Finnegan partnered with Howard University to teach patent law and works with Microsoft and the Hispanic National Bar Association to give Hispanic students exposure to IP law. The firm also values diversity at the leadership level—as of 2019, Finnegan’s management and compensation committees were over 60 percent diverse, and the firm is committed to improving retention of diverse attorneys. 

“It’s not enough to have a diverse class that joins the firm, the effort has to be in retention and matriculation,” Anand said in an interview. “It’s important that attorneys that join us see a path at the firm to partnership and management positions.” Read more about Finnegan's diversity efforts here

Joined LCLD 2014


Highlights of LCLD Participation


Fellows Program
Fellows nominated:
2019: Clara Jimenez; 2018: Aliza G. Carrano; 2017: Cecilia Sanabria; 2016: Naresh Kilaru; 2015: Li Feng; 2014: Mareesa A. Frederick 

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected: 
2019: Aaron Clay, Shawn Chang; 2018: Mindy Ehrenfried, Samhitha Medatia; 2017: Clara Jimenez, Yanbin Xu

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2018, 2016 

Attendance
Annual Meeting (2019, 2016, 2014) 


 

Member: Anand Sharma

Diversity Professional: Adrienne Hamilton