Anurag Varma is an attorney in Patton Boggs' International practice, where he
focuses on public policy and trade matters relating to clients from, or with
interests in, India. Before joining Patton Boggs, Mr. Varma was a name
partner at a general practice law firm based in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Varma currently serves as public policy counsel for the Embassy of India
to the United States, as well as individual U.S. corporations with policy
interests in India. In 2008, Mr. Varma served as one of the lead public policy
counsel to the U.S.-India Business Council, successfully advocating for the
historic passage, by the U.S. Congress, of the U.S.-India Civilian Nuclear
Cooperation Initiative. Since 2000, Mr. Varma has also served as counsel to
numerous national organizations of Americans of Indian descent. Of note, Mr.
Varma represents the Asian-American Hotel Owners Association, whose
membership owns and operates 40% of all hotel properties in the United States.
Mr. Varma’s legislative work began in 1998 as legislative counsel to the
Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C., where he handled trade and tourism
- In 2007, Mr. Varma was lead public policy counsel to a grassroots
organization advocating to the U.S. Congress and Administration for
reform of U.S. policy on permanent residency for over 1.1 million high-
skilled immigrants backlogged in the nation’s Green Card process.
- In 2006, Mr. Varma was lead counsel to a coalition of Indian-American
organizations and individuals working in support of the successful passage
of the first U.S. law directed towards U.S.-India Civil Nuclear
- From 1997 to 2007, Mr. Varma had been a lead lawyer in the $1 billion
racial discrimination class-action lawsuit brought by over 25,000 African-
American farmers across 35 states– one of the largest civil rights class
action settlements in U.S. history.
- Currently serves as counsel on a national civil rights class action matter on
behalf of Native American farmers and ranchers located on tribal
reservations across the United States.
- South Asian Bar Association – D.C. (1999-present)
- National Board Member, Indian American Leadership Initiative (2005-
- Pro bono counsel (Global Advocacy Team), Robert F. Kennedy Memorial
Center for Human Rights (2003-present)