Tushar Chawla, the India general counsel (GC) of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), passed away on 22 November after being hospitalized for nearly a month for jaundice treatment. Mr Chawla, who was 51, is survived by his wife Yogita and daughter Aashka.
“He was not just a mentor or a leader, he was a very good friend to each member of the legal team. He used to have a personal equation and a unique set of jokes with each one of us,” said Alpana Srivastava, assistant general counsel (India) at JLL.
Srivastava, who will be serving as the acting GC and ensuring work continuity while the company decides on a successor, added that his passing is a big loss to the company.
“He was a meticulous lawyer and aggressive when it came to protecting the organization. As his deputy, it’s a loss of direction for me personally. We found out that he was handling a lot of things on his own. I will be working on them only now,” Srivastava said.
“He called a spade a spade, wore his heart on his sleeve with pride and you could not avoid his presence even in a crowd.”
She remembers him as a warm human being. “People who have (only) had a few interactions with him at work may feel he was a strict person, but those who have worked longer with him know that he had a lighter side too. He would always tell us to copy his hairstyle (he was bald). I can never forget the prints of his shirts, the funky socks, the designs of his cufflinks or his stationary, including his most cherished Mont Blanc pen, which he never failed to show off. He was unique and extraordinary in every way,” Srivastava said.
Mr. Chawla was the GC at JLL for nearly five years. He was previously a partner at ALMT Legal and Economic Laws Practice.