2022 MPP Alumnus of the Year Sandeep A. Prasanna, MPP/JD 2015
Sandeep Prasanna is a Senior Associate at Miller & Chevalier Chartered, a Washington, DC-based law firm, where he focuses on congressional investigations, internal investigations, and other complex civil litigation matters.
Prior to joining Miller & Chevalier, Sandeep was an Investigative Counsel on the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol. In that role, Sandeep conducted depositions and interviews of nearly 100 witnesses, provided strategic and legal guidance on novel congressional investigations issues, managed the intake and follow-up for thousands of confidential tips, and worked closely with the legal and communications teams to produce the Committee’s public-facing work, including the nationally televised hearings and the final report.
Sandeep has significant government and political experience. As a day-one presidential appointee in the Department of Justice (DOJ), Sandeep guided several nominees through the Senate confirmation process, providing them with strategic advice on political and legal issues, preparing them for hearing testimony, and helping them develop bipartisan relationships and support in Congress. He also represented DOJ on Capitol Hill, engaging often with elected officials and their staff on proposed legislation and congressional oversight. Previously, as the top counterterrorism advisor to Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) on the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, Sandeep led investigations, hearings, and the successful passage of several House bills, often working closely with the minority staff and external stakeholders to win bipartisan support.
Sandeep began his career in government as a legal advisor to two senior senators. As a Judiciary Committee aide to Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sandeep advised on judicial nominations and civil rights issues and drafted landmark hate crimes legislation that was signed into law in 2021. Subsequently, Sandeep served as the top legal advisor to former Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), providing policy and political guidance on a range of sensitive issues.
Sandeep is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a seminar on ethics, professional responsibility, and career development.
In addition to graduating from the MPP program at UCLA Luskin, Sandeep holds degrees from UCLA School of Law (JD), and Duke University (AB). At Luskin, Sandeep earned highest honors on his Applied Policy Project and was named MPP Student of the Year in his graduating class. Sandeep continues to mentor and advise Luskin students who are interested in careers in Washington, DC, and encourages students to reach out to him.
Employment: https://www.millerchevalier.com/professional/sandeep-prasanna, https://www.law.georgetown.edu/faculty/sandeep-a-prasanna/
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