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 days or weeks before trial. He has been selected as a Rising Star by the New York Super Lawyers magazine and has been certified as a Trial Advocacy Teacher by NITA.

Since founding the firm, Rishi has been lead counsel or co-lead counsel in seven cases that have resulted in verdicts or settled on very favorable terms on the first day of jury selection or shortly 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 the settlement of claims worth more than $35,000,000.

Rishi started his legal career at the business litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. While at Quinn Emanuel, Rishi represented Fortune 500 companies, helped formulate the litigation strategy on behalf of one of the world’s largest dairy producers, and worked closely with one of the name partners on behalf of a major Hollywood talent agency embroiled in a legal malpractice and bad faith insurance action.

Before co-founding Mandel Bhandari, Rishi practiced at the highly regarded white collar and commercial litigation boutique Brune & Richard. At Brune & Richard, Rishi represented billion-dollar hedge funds, sizable private equity funds, and many different types of operating companies, from the publisher of business-to-business magazines, to one of the nation’s largest temporary staffing agencies, to a leading manufacturer of video game accessories.

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