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Profile of a Donor: Ashok Ramani, Keker & Van Nest

Ashok Ramani


Ashok Ramani is a donor and active volunteer for our Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship Program. Born and raised in the Bay Area, he has practiced with Keker & Van Nest for eleven years. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation.


BASF: Why do you donate to the BASF Foundation?  

Ashok Ramani (AR): Because I have observed first-hand that the money I donate is used efficiently for a good purpose. 

BASF: What program are you most interested in supporting and why?  

AR: The Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship, because, particularly in these hard times, we lawyers must do what we can to help talented, diverse students attend our local law schools.     

BASF: Do you have a personal story to share about your own involvement with this program?   

AR: Having served for the past few years on the scholarship selection committee, it is gratifying and humbling to watch the recipients, many of whom overcame extraordinary obstacles to become the first in their family even to attend college, flourish in law school. 

BASF: What would you be if you weren’t a lawyer?  

AR: A bartender, dog-shelter veterinarian, or both. 

BASF: What is your proudest accomplishment?

AR: Though I have been fortunate to work with exceptional colleagues on interesting cases (including several successful trials), and have been blessed with a wonderful wife and daughter, answering this question now seems premature, like picking my favorite part of a book that I am still reading.  Allow me to get back to you in a few decades.   

BASF: Do you have a favorite quotation?  

AR: Sun Tzu: “Opportunities multiply as they are seized.”


If you would like to join Ashok in his support of the BASF Foundation’s Diversity Pipeline programs or VLSP, send your check to Director of Development Sue Cox at the BASF Foundation, 301 Battery Street, Third Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111. You can also use our redesigned donate page at Thank you!

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