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2022 Unsung Legal Heroes: Gaven E. Sashidharan

Information Technology: Senior Technical Support Specialist, Dentons US

Gaven E. SashidharanComputer technology has changed a lot in the 23 years that Gaven Sashidharan has been with Dentons, and so has his role with the firm.

Sashidharan was born in Dubai and moved to the St. Louis area in 1994.His first experience in the legal industry was with the St. Louis firm of Gallop Johnson & Neuman. Shortly thereafter, he joined what was then Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, which is now part of the largest law firm in the world.

Sashidharan provide IT support for the local St. Louis office as well as users in our other regional North America locations. He’s helped the firm adapt to hardware and software technologies throughout the years, from Windows 95 to a current rollout of Microsoft 365.

In 2019 he served as the St. Louis office’s interim administrator and continues to serve in a deputy role. During the pandemic, he worked long hours to help staff set up a remote work environment and fix technical issues that arose, sometimes delivering laptops in person.

“Gaven is essential to the successful operations of the St. Louis office,” one of his nominators wrote. “There is nothing he cannot or will not do to help out a colleague or client. We simply would not be running as smoothly as we are without his expertise, calm demeanor, professionalism and friendship.”

What is the best part of your job?

I mostly enjoy the daily interaction with attorneys and professionals to quickly and professionally solve their IT challenges so that they can continue servicing their clients, both internal and external, while continuing to build professional and personal relationships with all of my colleagues and friends that I have worked with over the years.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Some of the best advice I have received was when my dad once told, as I embarked on my journey to the U.S. for college, to always strive to be successful but you will learn the most from your failures, and don’t be afraid to try something new, outrageous or indifferent even though something may go against the grain. I work hard to honor his words in his memory.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

Most people will be surprised to know that I am seasoned in American Kickboxing and Karate, and have been certified as a Knife Fighter.

Unsung Legal Heroes 2022