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Preet Bharara, Southern District of New York

Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New YorkPreet Bharara and his office in the Southern District of New York are at the forefront on many important criminal and civil issues, including terrorism, white collar crime, mortgage fraud, public corruption, gang violence, and civil rights enforcement. As U.S. Attorney, Bharara is a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, serving as Chair of its Subcommittee on White Collar Fraud. He is also a Co-Chair of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Working Group of the interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.

For. Bharara, what makes the Office most special is the people who work there. As he said at his swearing in two years ago, “the men and women of the Southern District embody the qualities I hope to teach my own children as they grow older: the qualities of hard work, honesty, integrity, decency. Also, a dedication to public service and an unwavering commitment to justice.”

Prior to becoming the U.S. Attorney,. Bharara served as the Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts. During his tenure, he helped to lead the Senate Judiciary Committee investigation into the firing of United States Attorneys.

From 2000 to 2005, Bharara served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted a wide range of cases involving organized crime, racketeering, securities fraud, money laundering, narcotics trafficking, and other crimes.

Bharara was a litigation associate in New York at Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman from 1996 to 2000 and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher from 1993 to 1996. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with an A.B. in Government in 1990, and from Columbia Law School with a J.D. in 1993, where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review.

Updated March 3, 2015