Rishi Bhandari is a partner at Mandel Bhandari LLP, which he co-founded. He is an experienced litigator and problem solver. Rishi is a highly respected trial attorney who frequently takes cases just weeks or months before trial. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as a Rising Star from 2011-2014 and as a Super Lawyer from 2015 onward.  He is certified as a Trial Advocacy Teacher by NITA and has been selected by the National Trial Lawyers as a member of the Top 100.

Rishi has been lead counsel or co-lead counsel in more than 25 lawsuits and arbitrations that have resulted in judgments or settled on very favorable terms shortly before or after opening statements.

Rishi has achieved outstanding results for his clients, including a jury verdict that was more than nine times larger than the defendants’ final settlement offer and another jury verdict that was $7 million more than the defendant’s final settlement offer. Rishi has won judgments or settled cases with claims worth well over $100 million.

Rishi has also devoted considerable time to public interest causes. He was a Teach for America Corps member and teacher in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and worked for the Democratic National Committee’s voter protection unit. Rishi co-authored materials and led training sessions for over 1,200 attorneys who volunteered for Michigan’s voter protection program.


N.Y.U. School of Law, J.D.;
Vanderbilt Medal, Extraordinary Contribution to Law School Community; Student Bar Association, President

Vassar College, B.A.;
First Place Speaker, Harvard, Stanford and Cambridge University Debates; Second-ranked “Speaker of the Year”, American Parliamentary Debate Association

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • New York
  • SDNY
  • EDNY
  • ND Illinois
  • Second Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court