Singapore’s legal eagle Davinder Singh became the first lawyer from the Asia-Pacific region to be inducted into a United States-based legal publisher’s hall of fame.
Davinder was named into Benchmark Litigation‘s Hall of Fame as the publisher revealed its Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2019 at a gathering of Asia’s dispute resolution lawyers in Hong Kong last week (19 Sept 2019).
The 62-year old lawyer was the face of law firm Drew & Napier LLC for many years until he set up his own firm this year. He was also the first Sikh parliamentarian in Singapore’s post-independence history and was in the first batch of Senior Counsel appointed in 1997.
Davinder is the now the executive chairman of Davinder Singh Chambers LLC which he set-up after leaving Drew & Napier in January 2019 after a 37 year stint.
Now in its 12th year of publication, Benchmark exclusively covers the litigation and disputes market in North America, covering the US, Canada, Latin America and, most recently, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
The original publication, Benchmark Litigation—the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys—is the only publication to focus exclusively on US litigation, according to information at its website.
Davinder had represented the late Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister, as well as his son and current prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, in the courtrooms.
He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1982 and joined the Litigation Department of Drew & Napier thereafter.
He was a Member of Parliament for the Bishan-Tao Payoh Group Representation Constituency from 1988 to 2006.
The Firm of the Year (India) award went to Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co while Rajendra Barot from AZB & Partners won the Lawyer of the Year (India).
The Lawyer of the Year (Malaysia) went to Cecil Abraham from Kuala Lumpur-based Cecil Abraham & Partners.
Davinder Singh: Singapore’s first Sikh parliamentarian (Asia Samachar, 20 Aug 2016)
Davinder named Singapore’s best dispute lawyer (Asia Samachar, 26 Sept 2015)
Working for LKY a ‘wild dream come true’ – DAVINDER (Asia Samachar, 24 Mar 2015)