Harbachan Singh

Harbachan Singh

Title: Retired Barrister at Law, Advocate, Solicitor
Location: Hollis, New York, United States

Title: Retired Barrister at Law, Advocate, Solicitor
Location: Hollis, New York, United States

Harbachan Singh, Retired Barrister at Law, Advocate and Solicitor, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law and international relations.

Having concluded an illustrious career in law with his 1999 retirement, Mr. Singh excelled as a barrister at law, advocate and solicitor. Dedicating his career to the United Nations (UN) for 30 years, he most recently served as chairman of the headquarters property survey board from 1987 to 1999. Likewise, he was chairman of the headquarters committee on contracts from 1995 to 1999, in which he was responsible for reviewing contract award proposals and made award recommendation decisions with an annual procurement budget of approximately $2 billion. Earlier, Mr. Singh was the chief of transportation from 1979 to 1990.

Born in Malaysia, Mr. Singh commenced his career as an interpreter on behalf of the Royal Malaysian Police in 1957 for one decade. By 1967, he had completed his law degree in London, allowing him to serve as an advocate and solicitor for Allen and Gledhill Law Firm in Kuala Lumpur from 1967 to 1969. Continuing his education, he achieved a Master of Arts from St. John’s University in New York in 1981. Reflecting on his career, Mr. Singh is honored to have received numerous achievement awards and accolades from U.S. Congressmen, New York State Senators and Assemblymen, New York City Councilmen, the Comptroller and the Governor of New York.

Notably, he served as a team leader for the Special UN Mission in Iraq under UN Security Council Resolution charged with the responsibility to collect property from President Saddam Hussein, which he had plundered from Iraq during his occupation of Kuwait. In addition, he served in East Timor for nearly two years to conduct a referendum as to whether the inhabitants wanted independence or remain joined with neighboring Indonesia. In the coming years, Mr. Singh hopes to publish a book on his life experiences worldwide. To attest to his legacy, he can be found in editions of Who’s Who In Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in the World.

Devoted to community service, Mr. Singh remains actively involved in various community organizations throughout New York. President of the 8,000 members strong Queens Civic Congress since 2007, he is the founder and president of the Sikh-American Friendship Foundation, first vice president of the Community Advisory Board of the Queens Hospital Center and president of the Saul Weprin Democratic Club. He is also an official delegate of the Queens Borough President’s General Assembly, an advisory board member of the Flushing Meadows Corona Park conservancy committee and director of Queens Health Congress. Mr. Singh is active with Friends of Cunningham Park and the Queensborough President’s African-American Annual Heritage Celebrations Committee, as well as a board member of the National Indian American Association Senior Center and Annual Memorial Day March and Celebrations Committee, Chairman of the Holocaust Center, among numerous other affiliations.  He is a dynamic public speaker and is frequently called upon to arbitrate and reconcile inter-community issues.  He is also known to be benevolent.

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