Monday Profile: Justin Bagdady

Justin Bagdady joined the Ann Arbor office of Bodman PLC in April, after more than five years of practice in the Washington, DC office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.  Bagdady has represented corporate and individual clients in matters being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, or FINRA, and has litigated several cases against the SEC.  He has also conducted internal corporate investigations, both domestic and international, with a focus on allegations of accounting fraud, books and records violations, and FCPA violations.  In addition, Bagdady represents clients in a variety of commercial litigation matters and business disputes.

Bagdady graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School after earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.  Prior to joining Orrick, he interned at the United States Office of Government Ethics. 

He and his wife have two young daughters.   

By Jo Mathis
Legal News

Residence: Ann Arbor

Favorite local hangouts:  With my girls at the Hands-On Museum or out for ice cream at Blank Slate.

How would you describe your home? 
A work in progress, full of toys and books, and much roomier than our D.C. condo. 

If you can help it, where will you never return? 
Certain corners of China, particularly the restaurant that tried to serve me something I’ll refrain from describing in this publication. 

Favorite place to spend money:  
I keep telling myself that one day I will have someplace to display all of the vintage U-M memorabilia I have procured (and continue to procure) from the Ann Arbor Sports Memorabilia Shop. 

What word do you overuse?
  In my writing, I tend to overuse “indeed.”  If you read the transcript of the first deposition I took during my first year of practice, you might think I say “okay” all day long. 

What is something most people don’t know about you?
  I spent a good chunk of law school training as a boxer.

What is your most treasured material possession?  My wedding ring, my kids’ art, and other sentimental items of that nature. Also,  a 1940 Life Magazine signed by Tom Harmon.

What has been your favorite year?  Hard to pick just one.  But 2015 has been nothing if not eventful: new jobs for myself and my wife, a cross-country move, a new baby, and buying a home in Ann Arbor.  So far, so good!

What is one thing you would like to learn to do?
  Convince my children to peacefully go to bed and remain there for an entire night.  

What advice do you have for someone considering law school?
  Stop reading this copy of the Washtenaw County Legal News and return to your LSAT prep book.

What do you do to relax? 

What is your favorite quote?  After tying weather balloons to his lawn chair and taking it for a brief jaunt, Lawn Chair Pilot Larry Walters was asked why he did it.  His reply, as he was being taken away in handcuffs: “A man can’t just sit around.” 

What is your proudest moment as a lawyer?  I represented a client on pro bono basis who was the proposed guardian of a little girl in a bad situation.  It was a long road, but eventually we won and my client was named guardian, giving that little girl a consistent caretaker and, for the first time, a stable home environment.