July 2, 2013 - Amandeep Sidhu, Trial partner in Washington, D.C., was named to a list of the top seven U.S. lawyers of Indian origin by The Economic Times, the second-most widely circulated paper in the world. Mr. Sidhu is featured among a short list of distinguished Indian American judges and lawyers, which includes Srikanth Srinivasan, Preet Bharara, Neal Katyal and Kamala Devi Harris.
An experienced litigator and founding member of The Sikh Coalition, Mr. Sidhu and his team at McDermott and the Sikh Coalition fought a successful pro bono battle on behalf of three Sikh men who wanted to serve in the U.S. Army with their religiously-mandated turban and beard. In 2009, and again in 2010, Mr. Sidhu and his team were able to successfully demonstrate that the men were able to meet uniform requirements by using Army-issued cloth for the turbans and that even with a beard, the men could not only use a gas mask effectively, but surpass their clean-shaven comrades in field tests. Eventually the men were allowed to join the service, making them the first Sikh soldiers to be so accommodated by the U.S. military in over 25 years. With Mr. Sidhu serving as lead counsel, McDermott and the Sikh Coalition currently represent several other individuals seeking similar religious accommodations and continue to advocate on behalf of the Sikh American community to implement a formal policy change.
To view The Economic Times’ slideshow, click here.