"As an associate, my partner mentors in the group took responsibility for my success and now as a partner, I feel responsibility for the success of the associates in my group."
- Ajay Kuntamukkala, Partner, Washington, D.C.
My practice focuses on export controls, economic sanctions, and other national security matters.
Getting to know Hogan Lovells
I chose the firm because of the strength of its International Trade practice, the prestige of its Washington, D.C. presence, its international profile, and the breadth of the firm’s practices areas. I did not imagine at the time that I would become a partner in a highly respected and successful international trade practice.
I very much value the team approach and camaraderie of my practice group. As an associate, my partner mentors in the group took responsibility for my success and now as a partner, I feel responsibility for the success of the associates in my group.
Given the nature of my work, I routinely work on transactions that involve international offices, including those in London, Paris, Germany, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Dubai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. Whenever I travel to another office, I feel like I never left home. The lawyers and staff in other offices make you feel welcome and are very helpful with regard to client servicing, business development, and logistics.
The firm is very supportive of professional development activities involving bar association and affinity group leadership. As a young associate, I served as the President of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C., and found that the partners with whom I worked encouraged my involvement in these types of activities.
A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, I joined the Washington, D.C. office as an associate in 2000 after first working with Hogan Lovells as a summer associate. I am now a partner in the firm’s International Trade and Investment practice group and assist clients with a range of regulatory and policy matters involving international trade and national security, including export controls, economic sanctions, defense trade, international trade policy, and anti-bribery matters. I am also a member of Hogan Lovells’ India working group, helping to coordinate our India-related activities.
Outside of the office, I am active in civic and legal organizations. I was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. I have also served as the President of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C.
I rejoined the firm after serving in the U.S. Department of Commerce as Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Commerce for Industry and Security from 2003 to 2005. During my service, I provided counsel on a range of issues at the intersection of international trade and national security.
I devote my free time to family, politics, and sports.