Preet Bharara, the prosecutor dumped by Donald Trump when President has taken job with WilmerHale in New York, continuing a job with work on internal investigations, government matters, congressional investigations, compliance and risk assessments, crisis management and pro bono cases
The former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York was dismissed from his US attorney role in 2017 by Trump after Bharara who was appointed by Barack Obama, refused to resign following then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ request for 46 Obama-appointed US attorneys to quit their posts.
Bharara has become the host of a popular podcast Stay Tuned with Preet, co-founded podcast company Cafe Studios and authored a New York Times bestseller, Doing Justice.
Robert Novick, WilmerHale’s co-managing partner, said: “[Bharara] is one of the most public-spirited and dynamic lawyers of his generation, with an enviable record of success in and out of government. As the SDNY’s US Attorney, he oversaw headline-grabbing convictions in cases of public corruption, financial misconduct, narcotics, arms trafficking, violent crime and terrorism.”
Bharara spent just over eight years as the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York having been appointed by Obama in 2009. He previously spent four years as chief counsel for Senator Chuck Schumer and five years as an assistant US Attorney, also in the Southern District of New York. Notable work as a federal prosecutor included cases against the Italian mafia, Russian money laundering and Wall Street crime.
Prior to that, Bharara worked in private practice, first at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and later at legacy firm Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman. It is now 22 years since he last worked in private practice.
Bharara said: “WilmerHale resonated for me not just for its reputation for legal excellence and integrity, track record of success and dedication to diversity, but equally for its respect for public service, support for meaningful pro bono work and commitment to the democratic values and principles I have spent my career fighting for.”