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Sanket Bulsara becomes the first South Asian District Judge in EDNY

Hon. Sanket Bulsara, a Bronx native and the first South Asian American judge on the Second Circuit, has been confirmed as District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, with extensive experience from positions in the SEC, private practice and the judiciary. Brooklyn Eagle photo by Robert Abruzzese

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced the Senate nomination of Sanket Bulsara as District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Bulsara, currently serving as a magistrate judge at EDNY, is a Bronx native, Indian-American, and the son of immigrants. He is the first South Asian American judge on a bench in the Second Circuit.

“Sanket Bulsara is a top-notch legal mind and a dedicated, talented public servant who has served as a magistrate judge in the Eastern District of New York since 2017,” Schumer said in his announcement.

“Judge Bulsara, the very first Indian-American to serve as a judge on that court, was general counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he worked to protect investors and the nation’s financial markets,” Schumer continued. “He is an expert in securities, contracts, bankruptcy and regulatory matters, but his experience also extends to representing incarcerated individuals, victims of domestic violence and individuals on death row in pro bono matters.”

Bulsara’s broad experience includes representing incarcerated individuals and victims of domestic violence as a firm partner, serving as general counsel for the SEC, and serving as a magistrate judge. His appointment, following Schumer’s recommendation and President Joe Biden’s nomination, marks him as the 195th lifetime judge confirmed by the Senate under the Biden administration.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Bulsara has held several key positions, including acting general counsel for the SEC and administrative assistant for Hon. John Koeltl of the Southern District of New York. His parents, immigrants from India and Kenya, instilled in him the values ​​of hard work and dedication. Bulsara’s father worked as an engineer for the city of New York and his mother was a nurse. He lives in Long Island City with his wife Christine DeLorenzo.

Bulsara served as deputy general counsel for appellate litigation, trial and enforcement at the SEC from 2015 to 2017, and was in private practice at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in New York and at Munger Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles.

He served as a special assistant district attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office and was the manager of planning and data analysis at the New York City Department of Education, Division of Human Resources in Brooklyn. Bulsara received his AB, magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1998. After being born in the Bronx, he moved to New Rochelle and later to Edgemont, New York.