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First South Asian-American magistrate judge appointed to Brooklyn’s federal court

August 29, 2017 By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Chief Judge Dora Irizarry (left) swears in Magistrate Judge Sanket Bulsara (center) during an informal ceremony at the courthouse while his wife Christine DeLorenzo looks on. Photo courtesy of the Eastern District of New York

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) appointed its first South Asian-American magistrate judge — Hon. Sanket Bulsara — Chief Judge Dora Irizarry announced this week. He is the first South Asian-American to serve as a judge within the Second Circuit.

Just before his appointment to the bench in EDNY,  Bulsara served briefly as the acting general counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Before that, he was deputy general counsel for Appellate Litigation, Adjudication and Enforcement within the SEC.

“We are thrilled to welcome Judge Bulsara into the Eastern District family,” Irizarry said. “Judge Bulsara was chosen by the Board of Judges from among five highly qualified and stellar candidates recommended by the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Committee composed of members of the bar and citizens of the Eastern District.

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“Judge Bulsara has outstanding credentials and experience,” Irizarry continued. “We have no doubt that he will make significant contributions to the administration of justice as is the tradition of the Eastern District bench.”

Bulsara was born in the Bronx after his parents immigrated there from India and was raised in Queens.

After he graduated from Harvard Law School in 2002, Bulsara clerked for Hon. John G. Koeltl, U.S. district judge for the Southern District of New York. Bulsara then went on to become an associate in the litigation department at Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP and later he became the manager of planning and data analysis at the NYC Department of Education.

In 2005, Bulsara joined the firm of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr, LLP and was named partner in 2012. During his time at Wilmer Hale, Bulsara litigated complex commercial matters and defended Fortune 500 companies and individuals in white collar crimes.

Bulsara also served as Special Kings County Assistant District Attorney while he was at Wilmer Hale and successfully tried felony and misdemeanor cases.


Bulsara received several awards related to his numerous pro bono matters that have included working on prisoner rights cases and a Hague Convention child abduction matter.


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