About

An Air Force veteran and son of an immigrant from India, Shiv grew up in Atlanta, GA and graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering.  Upon graduation, Shiv was commissioned as an officer in the Air Force and began Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) in Arizona.  He was awarded his Silver Wings and was selected to fly the F-16, which he flew at various locations throughout the world, including combat in Operations Desert Storm and Southern Watch.  Shiv was then chosen for a T-38 Instructor Pilot assignment, training students in the advanced phase of Specialized UPT.  After this, he transitioned to the Air Force Reserve, serving as an AT-38 Instructor Pilot and rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel while launching his legal career.
Shiv attended John Marshall Law School – Atlanta, where he graduated as the class valedictorian in 2006. He was selected by the faculty for the Wig and Gavel Award as the graduate most likely to succeed in the practice of law.  Shiv also received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence and several other awards, including the Aspen Book Award as the top performer in legal research and writing.  He co-authored with Professor Jeffrey A. Van Detta an article on a model long-arm statute which was published in the Spring 2007 edition of the Seton Hall Circuit Review. The article was cited by the Georgia Court of Appeals in Huggins v. Boyd, 697 S.E.2d 253, 256 (Ga. Ct. App. 2010) (Barnes, P.J., concurring specially).
In addition to immigration law and appellate advocacy, Shiv’s law practice experience includes civil litigation, real property, family law, probate, wills and trusts and contracts. Shiv wrote the winning brief in Smith v. McDowell, 666 S.E.2d 94 (Ga. Ct. App. 2008), obtaining an important reversal of summary judgment on the issue of official immunity for public school employees in Georgia . The decision was subsequently affirmed by the Georgia Supreme Court in McDowell v. Smith, 678 S.E.2d 922 ( Ga. 2009).  One of Shiv’s most personally rewarding cases was preventing a foreclosure on his elderly client’s condominium and gaining title for his client through an adverse possession lawsuit.  Shiv also takes great satisfaction in helping clients achieve their immigration dreams in the “land of opportunity.”  After all, Shiv has a first-hand appreciation of those dreams – his father immigrated from India and his wife is an immigrant from Thailand.
Shiv is licensed to practice law in Georgia, Nevada and Texas and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the San Antonio Bar Association and the Reserve Officers Association.