Avi R. Bakshani

Senior Associate

Avi Bakshani focuses on complex litigation. In 2022, he won a precedent-setting victory for client Davita in one of the first-ever criminal labor market allocation cases brought by the Department of Justice. Mr. Bakshani joined WilmerHale in 2018 as a summer associate. 

Mr. Bakshani’s professional experience includes a Fair and Just Prosecution fellowship partnered with the Denver District Attorney’s Office. He also worked as a policy fellow on a campaign—Phil Murphy for Governor of New Jersey.

Before pursuing a law degree, Mr. Bakshani spent five years in the military, ultimately achieving the rank of captain. He was deployed in Afghanistan and received the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Combat Action Badge for his service.

While in law school at Stanford University, Mr. Bakshani worked as a student attorney at the Youth Education Law Project, where he advocated for the rights of clients in the education and juvenile detention systems. He also took an active role in university life. Mr. Bakshani was one of four students chosen to work with faculty on policy reform as part of the Stanford Law School Working Group on Diversity and Inclusion. He received the 2019 Stanford Alumni Association’s Community Impact Award. Mr. Bakshani also served as an executive case manager of the International Refugee Assistance Program Pro Bono, the treasurer of the Stanford International Human Rights Law Association, a mentor through the Public Interest Associate Program, and the co-president of First Person: Storytelling Project.


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  • Education

    • JD, Stanford University Law School, 2019

    • BS, Sociology, West Point, 2011

  • Admissions

    • Colorado