James Bhandary-Alexander, JD

Medical-Legal Partnership Legal Director
New Haven, CT

James Bhandary-Alexander represents low-wage workers and their organizations before administrative agencies, in state and federal courts and in the legislature. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 2005, where he was a Public Interest Law Scholar, and was admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York. He subsequently worked for the National Labor Relations Board and as the Thomas Emerson Fellow at David Rosen & Associates. James served as co-chair of Connecticut’s Low-Wage Employer Advisory Board and served on the state’s Task Force on Domestic Workers. He is a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and is the Past-President of the New Haven Association of Legal Services Attorneys. In 2016, James received the Micah Award from the Naugatuck Valley Project and the Brazilian Worker Center, and was one of four finalists for the Connecticut Law Tribune’s statewide Attorney of the Year award during that same year. In 2019, he received the Unsung Hero Award from the Morris and Irmgard Wessel Fund. James has been interviewed about his cases and worker rights more broadly by the New York Times, Bloomberg News, Sports Illustrated, In These Times, the Hartford Courant, and many other publications. He has presented at trainings and conferences across the country on the topic of community and movement lawyering in the context of worker rights advocacy. James speaks English and Spanish.