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Sujata Barai Chugh is of counsel in Ice Miller’s Municipal Finance Group, with a practice comprised of traditional municipal law and finance, public-private partnership transactions and certain health care matters.

Sujata is a skilled transactional attorney and client counselor who has served private legal clients, governmental agencies, nonprofits and other community organizations. She offers a multi-faceted professional skill set that enables her to address client needs in a strategic yet practical manner. 

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Sujata formerly practiced law in Chicago, representing domestic and international clients in infrastructure finance and structured finance transactions in developing countries and emerging markets. This work regularly took her to Egypt, Turkey, Russia and the United Kingdom. Sujata managed negotiations, nurtured client relationships and, in the case of infrastructure financings, regularly worked with engineers to evaluate the technical terms of financed projects.
Sujata has also advised state and local governments on various public policy matters. She served in the Kentucky Office of Health Policy under the administration of Governor Steven Beshear as director of a statewide health system transformation initiative to support value-based payment models and improved public health outcomes. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer appointed Sujata to the managing board of a major public utility during a period of organizational transition, where she could offer her professional judgment, analytical faculties and ability to forge common ground. Her past experience also includes independent consulting for non-profit organizations and internships in the White House and on Capitol Hill.
Exemplifying the Firm’s commitment to meaningful community involvement, Sujata is a passionate advocate for inspired leadership in the civic, cultural and religious life of a community. She currently serves on the diversity committee of The Orchard School, as a founding board member of Women4Change Indiana and as an active volunteer with the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana. She is also a member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Indiana (APABA-IN) and the national South Asian Bar Association (SABA).
A native Hoosier who hails from Munster, Ind., Sujata received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 2003. She attended the London School of Economics on a Fulbright Scholarship, earning a Master of Science in social policy and planning in 1999. She received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs in 1998. She is admitted in Indiana and Illinois.  
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