Jaikanth Shankar entered law school with no intention of being a lawyer, but he changed his mind when during his time at NUS he participated in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, for which he was awarded Best Oralist. “It was my first glimpse of how a case might be conducted,” says the director of Dispute Resolution at Drew & Napier. The team prepared for months, flew to Washington, DC for the finals and argued before three internationally esteemed judges. “It was very exciting and we were dead nervous,” Shankar says. “But I think that’s what really got me into litigation. There was bottle about it. You must have a stomach for it and I loved it.”
With a string of high-profile cases under his belt — he represented Osim International, alongside Senior Counsel Davinder Singh, against The Wellness Group this April — Shankar enjoys the analytical process and battle that court proceedings present. And what he values most is that “we can fight in court, but once the trial is over we’re all good friends, we can have a beer — it’s no different from football.” To share the joy of working in law, he lectured for years in the NUS course that introduced him to the moots, International Legal Process. He also teaches advocacy at the courts, a course for trainee lawyers.