Our Management

U.S.-Licensed Attorneys

Frank Dehn, Executive Vice President

Frank Dehn A Harvard Law School graduate, Frank is Executive Vice President of SmithDehn INDIA, admitted to the bar of the State of New York and the federal courts there. As an attorney at SmithDehn LLP, he has been a seasoned litigator and counselor, specializing in media law, libel defense, and intellectual property law. He recently won a New York jury trial in an art gallery dispute. At our parent law firm, Frank advises and represents clients around the world in matters of First Amendment law, rights of privacy and publicity, copyrights and trademarks, pre-publication and pre-broadcast review, and entertainment law. He assists in legal training and editing at SmithDehn INDIA and is currently planning a one-year trip to India with his wife and four children, so that he can help manage the growth of our company on a first-hand basis. From 2002 to 2004, he was a Visiting Professor at the prestigious Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where he taught graduate classes in Media Law. He also is a former on-air correspondent for Court TV, and holds a Masters Degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Frank has won a number of media law litigations, and has provided content review and other legal advice to facilitate television programming for major television networks and magazine clients. He has also negotiated numerous employment contracts on behalf of professionals in the broadcast journalism industry.

Russell Smith, President and Chairman

Russell Smith Russell Smith is a co-founder of SmithDehn LLP, one of the most innovative law firms in the U.S. and the U.K., and the first Western law firm to provide legal services from India. Russell and his partners formed SmithDehn INDIA mostly to provide top-tier results at affordable rates for creative individuals in the arts and entertainment fields, but the firm also attracted some of the world's largest media companies as clients in the process. Russell went to India to create SmithDehn INDIA. Dubbed "The Maharaja of Media" by The American Lawyer magazine, Russell has counseled companies such as HBO, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, Media Rights Capital, John Wiley & Sons, Reed Elsevier, Miramax Films, MTV Networks, Universal Records, Simon & Schuster, Channel Four Television (UK), American Broadcasting Companies, Def Jam Records, Penguin Books, King World Productions, Warner Books, Matthew Marks Gallery, American Playhouse, R/GA Digital Studios, Spin Magazine, and the Estates of Elvis Presley, Andy Warhol, and John Cheever.

Russell also has worked for an unusually diverse range of prominent individuals, such as Sacha Baron Cohen ("Ali G," "Borat" and "Bruno"), Philip Glass, Mohamed Al Fayed, Sen. John Kerry, Erykah Badu, Graham Norton, Boy George, Chuck D, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Spike Lee, Jeffrey Toobin, Terry McMillan, Errol Morris, George C. Wolfe, Nelson Demille, and Richard Gere.

Bruce Campbell, Special Advisor

Bruce Campbell Bruce Campbell, Special Advisor at SmithDehn INDIA, is a specialist in corporate finance and intellectual property transactions. Bruce started his practice as an attorney at Hogan & Hartson, one of the world's largest international law firms, where he worked for six years. Inspired by his entrepreneurial clients, Bruce opened his own firm in February 2003 (www.campbelllawgroup.com). After experiencing the work of SmithDehn INDIA first hand as a client, and after spending time with us at our headquarters in Mysore, India, Bruce decided to work with us as an advisor to help further develop our capabilities. In addition to offering training for our lawyers and strategic advice, we have worked out an arrangement by which Bruce can work cooperatively with SmithDehn INDIA on client projects within his areas of expertise. In his ten years of legal practice, Bruce has helped to form and finance numerous companies. He has guided many early stage companies through mergers, acquisitions and initial public offerings. His intellectual property experience includes representing clients in transactions with some of the most well known names in technology. He has provided advice on intellectual property transactions with companies located in Asia and Europe. He graduated with honors from the George Washington University Law School and summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh. He was a member of the George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Bruce studied at the University of Paris, La Sorbonne and the Institute for European and Asian studies in Paris, France.

Michael Delehanty, Senior Vice President

Michael DelehantyMichael S. Delehanty is a graduate of American University, Washington College of Law, a first tier law school in the United States, where he focused his studies on international law and intellectual property. He is admitted to the New York State Bar and the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York. Michael focuses his legal practice in the area of intellectual property and has experience in both commercial litigation and transactional matters, with a focus on copyright, trademark and other media and publication issues. His experience as a commercial litigator includes complex, multinational corporate litigation matters, intellectual property disputes, and employment litigation. Michael’s experience with transactional I.P. matters includes trademark and licensing analysis, representing both public and private companies in stock and asset transactions, drafting corporate offering plans, and advising small businesses on corporate and economic development.

Michael has a long-standing interest and involvement with India and the country’s emergence as a leading economy in the 21st century. During law school, he obtained grant funding and spent a summer researching and advising village community groups in Jodhpur Rajasthan on microfinance loan opportunities. Before joining SmithDehn INDIA, Michael advised another Mumbai-based legal process outsourcing(LPO) company on all aspects of litigation support product offerings and expansion of the company into IP and transactional support fields. We are now happy to have him on board as the head of business development.

A native of New York, Michael began his career at a prominent boutique media law firm in Manhattan before joining SmithDehn LLP and SmithDehn INDIA this year. Michael is based in our New York City office.

Michael Cleaver, Senior Vice President

Michael CleaverMike Cleaver is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill, one of the top-ranked law schools in the United States. He is admitted to the North Carolina State Bar and the United States District Court of the Middle District of North Carolina. Mike has been a litigator and legal counsellor for corporations and individuals around the world. He has taught a U.S. media law seminar in the United Kingdom for ITV, Britain's largest commercial television broadcaster. He has performed production counsel work for countless other television and motion picture clients, most notably 20th Century Fox, in connection with its $200 million movie release, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," and Chicago Borough Films and director Gabriel Range, in connection with "Death of a President," the International Emmy Award-winning docudrama involving the fictional assassination of President George W. Bush. Mike also has drafted million dollar agreements and has represented major U.S. publishing companies in copyright infringement cases. While in law school, Mike was a member of the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology, on which he served as both a staff writer and an editor. He also consistently placed on the Dean's List for academic achievement. Before attending law school, Mike received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications, also at the University of North Carolina, graduating with distinction. There he concentrated on Media Production and held an internship with a local entertainment production company. During this time Mike was exposed to many of the back office challenges a production company faces in shooting documentaries and independent films. He also gained experience as a set production assistant, rounding his understanding of the tasks involved in many of our clients' day-to-day work.

Priya Kumar, Senior Vice President

Priya KumarPriya Kumar, a Senior Vice President of SmithDehn INDIA, is an outstanding attorney admitted to the State Bars of New York and Michigan. She has practiced law in the United States for nearly a decade, focusing on U.S. immigration services and commercial litigation. An excellent student and recipient of a tuition scholarship, Priya earned her Master of Laws degree from the University of Georgia, with concentrations in immigration law and international legal and business transactions. She earned her Bachelor of Laws degree, magna cum laude, from Bharathiyar University in Coimbatore, India. In addition to training and assisting in litigation matters, Priya is helping SmithDehn INDIA become a global immigration services powerhouse that will revolutionize the handling of visa and other immigration applications, worldwide.

Kwarma Vanderpuye, Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Kwarma VanderpuyeKwarma Vanderpuye, a Senior Vice President and the General Counsel of SmithDehn INDIA, brings extensive and well-known U.S. legal experience to the company. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Howard Law School. Prior to joining SmithDehn, Ms Vanderpuye, a stellar trial lawyer, had been a partner for several years at prominent law firms, heading the litigation department at two of them. Ms. Vanderpuye was the first African-American partner at the New York defense firm of Jones Hirsch, where she won sixteen consecutive defense verdicts in high exposure complex litigation cases, which was a record number for the firm. In addition to her role as trial partner, Ms. Vanderpuye served as the firm's EEO compliance officer for several years. Following her tenure at Jones Hirsch, she joined the Cochran firm, New York, as a litigation partner at the invitation of the late Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Ms. Vanderpuye's career path into the world of legal services offshoring stemmed from her first-hand experience with the efficiency, global reach, and cost-cutting benefits of having a competent offshore team assist in trial preparation for a case pending in New York. Ms. Vanderpuye is admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts of New York and Michigan, including the Sixth and Second Circuit Courts of Appeals. She is an active member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the International and American Bar Associations.

Our India-Based Management

Vidya Devaiah, Managing Director

Vidya DevaiahVidya Devaiah, Managing Director of SmithDehn INDIA, is a part of our senior legal outsourcing leadership team. With several years of education in the U.S., Vidya co-ordinates legal outsourcing projects for various clients with aplomb. Since joining SmithDehn INDIA in 2007, Vidya has completed more than three years of intensive training in the U.S. and U.K. legal systems, with emphasis on areas such as intellectual property, state and federal litigation (including all types of motion practice, discovery matters, and trial preparation), and commercial transactions, all under the guidance of experienced American and U.K. lawyers. She also has completed the in-house business affairs course at our Media Business Affairs division. Vidya's extraordinary analytical abilities, training, and excellent written and spoken English skills allow her to expertly liaise with Western and other clients and produce top-tier results in matters such as sophisticated legal research, and drafting of legal memoranda, all types of litigation papers, and commercial contracts. In addition, Vidya handles trademark searches and registrations, company formation, and many other legal tasks. Vidya created the increasingly sought after Accumark Trademark/Title Search Report that SmithDehn INDIA offers at a fraction of the cost of other more well-known search reports. Vidya also helps train employees to improve their English communication skills. Her leadership skills have been honed through her involvement with Mysore Ladies Circle 9 and other local charities. In addition to the legal work that she handles, Vidya shoulders most of SmithDehn INDIA's administrative responsibilities, as part of her constant endeavor to see the company grow and flourish.

Padmavathi Shanthamurthy, Director - Legal Services

Padmavathi ShanthamurthyMs. Padmavathi joined SmithDehn INDIA as a Legal Research Manager in August, 2006, and today is, Director - Legal Services. Given her sheer dedication and enthusiasm, it is no surprise that Padmavathi has an impeccable academic record, having secured the second rank in law from the University of Mysore. Ms. Padmavathi was a superstar lecturer in law at the University of Mysore and its affiliate colleges for six years, before undergoing intensive training in U.S. legal research at SmithDehn INDIA. Her other notable academic achievements include obtaining a postgraduate diploma in Intellectual Property Rights from top-ranked National Law School in Bangalore, and an LLM in International Law and Business & Trade Law from the University of Mysore. She has also completed a course in cyber laws from the Asian School of Cyber Laws, Pune. She has written and published research articles in such areas as trademark law and globalization. In 2009, Ms. Padmavathi traveled to the United States to assist U.S. attorney Russell Smith at depositions and a hearing in a high-profile libel case against our major media client Channel Four Television Corporation. The case ended in victory at both the trial court and at the appellate court in California. To her broad knowledge and excellent legal research skills, she also brings a passion for teaching, which has proved invaluable in the training and supervision of top-notch legal researchers at SmithDehn INDIA. Now, with almost four years of intensive training and experience in legal research, legal analysis, drafting and media business affairs, she capably, efficiently and independently handles a variety of projects for U.S. and UK clients.

An avid nature lover and photographer, Padmavathi enjoys traveling, and of course spending quality time with her family.