J Sagar Associates (JSA) partner Vishal Anand died from a cardiac arrest on 2 December after being hospitalized for nearly four weeks.
“We suffered a devastating, unfair and untimely loss of a much-loved member of the JSA family,” said the firm in a statement. “It is a deep personal loss for many who worked closely with Vishal at JSA for over six years.”
Anand was 35 years old. He is survived by his wife and daughter.
“Personally, it has been shattering. I lost my younger brother,” JSA senior partner Amit Kapur told India Business Law Journal.
Anand joined JSA in 2011. He had previously worked with Trilegal and HSA Advocates.
“Every time, we ran into each other he would tell me that he would like to work with our team,” said Kapur. “He was very hardworking and sincere. He did a tremendous job in terms of helping his clients. There was a lot of empathy in his work. He came from a very humble background, but it was phenomenal the way he built up his talent and got recognized.”
Anand specialized in regulatory advisory and dispute resolution for the power sector. His clients included electrical power generators, transmission and distribution utilities, electricity traders, state regulatory commission’s bulk consumers and airport operators. He represented clients in different forums, including high courts, electricity regulatory commissions, the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity and the Supreme Court.