Jenner & Block

Named as one of Law360’s 2019 Appellate Rising Stars, Ishan K. Bhabha is a partner in the litigation department and a member of the Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Group. Since joining the firm in 2012, his practice has focused on complex issues of regulatory, constitutional, and commercial law.

Mr. Bhabha's practice has spanned a wide variety of substantive areas of law with a particular focus on education, technology, aviation and aerospace, hospitality, media, and entertainment.  Mr. Bhabha has extensive experience in helping organizations navigate complex regulatory structures, both through internal counseling and in representation before courts and administrative agencies.  He has tried cases both in federal court and arbitration and has represented clients in all stages of litigation from the filing of an initial complaint through the appeal of a verdict. In addition, Mr. Bhabha has significant experience in the United States Supreme Court including presenting oral argument on behalf of the petitioner in Biestek v. Berryhill and serving as merits and amicus counsel in multiple other cases.

Mr. Bhabha also has an active pro bono practice in both criminal and immigration law.  He has presented oral argument on behalf of criminal defendants three times in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and once in both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the District of Columbia Superior Court.  He has also represented clients in immigration law matters in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Tenth Circuit, as well as in various district courts. Mr. Bhabha was recently interviewed by C-SPAN concerning the retirement of Justice Kennedy and recently discussed significant moments in the 2018 Term.

Recordings of Mr. Bhabha’s oral arguments are available here.

Mr. Bhabha received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 2004. He received his J.D. in 2009, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served as an articles editor on the Harvard Law Review and was a member of the winning team of the Ames Moot Court competition. Mr. Bhabha clerked for Judge Merrick B. Garland of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Bhabha previously worked in the Criminal Appellate section of the Department of Justice. While working at the Department of Justice, Mr. Bhabha presented three oral arguments in the United States Courts of Appeals and filed numerous briefs and oppositions to petitions for certiorari. Mr. Bhabha was also previously an associate at the Boston Consulting Group.

Mr. Bhabha is a member of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court and the Supreme Court and Appellate Advisory Board of the MacArthur Justice Center.  He is admitted to practice in the State of New York and the District of Columbia.