San Diego, CA, June 3, 2009 – LawFuel.com – Legal Announcements – Baker & McKenzie LLP announced that Sanjay Bhandari, a former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of California, has joined as a Partner in the Investigations and Business Crimes practice of the Firm’s North American Litigation Practice Group in San Diego. Bhandari was a partner at Sidley Austin LLP in Los Angeles.
Bhandari’s practice focuses on internal investigations and the defense of individuals and companies faced with government investigations or enforcement actions; corporate governance, including the design and implementation of corporate compliance programs; and complex business litigation, including matters involving antitrust, intellectual property, securities, and unfair competition law.
“We are delighted to have Sanjay join our Investigations and Business Crime practice,” said Charles H. Dick, Jr., Chair of Baker & McKenzie’s North American Litigation practice. “As a former federal prosecutor and SEC enforcement attorney, Sanjay has invaluable skills and experience that our clients, who are increasingly facing pressures with respect to corporate conduct in the global marketplace, will appreciate.”
Prior to joining private practice, Bhandari served as a federal prosecutor in San Diego for eight years, focusing on the investigation and trial of complex white collar crimes. His cases included the largest bribery case ever brought against a sitting Congressman (Randy “Duke” Cunningham), the corruption prosecution of the Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (Kyle “Dusty” Foggo), and the two largest fraud cases ever prosecuted in the Southern District of California (the Peregrine Systems securities fraud case and the PinnFund subprime mortgage Ponzi scheme). He also worked as an enforcement attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.
Bhandari twice received one of the highest honors in the U.S. Department of Justice, the Director’s Award, in 2001 and 2006.
“Sanjay is an accomplished trial lawyer, with numerous white collar cases and investigations under his belt,” said Ali M.M. Mojdehi, Managing Partner of the Firm’s San Diego office. “Sanjay’s commitment to uncompromising excellence and his distinctive background enhances our ability to address client imperatives in complicated regulatory environments.”
Bhandari received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1991 and received his law degree from Cornell Law School in 1995, where he was an editor of the Cornell Law Review. After law school, he served as a law clerk for United States District Judge Napoleon A. Jones, Jr. in San Diego.
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