Ranjit Hakim is a corporate attorney in Mayer Brown’s Northern California offices. He focuses on investments in public and private companies, especially acqui-hires in the high technology space and other strategic mergers and acquisitions. Ranjit also advises clients on a wide range of legal issues related to emerging artificial intelligence and quantum computing products, platforms and services; proprietary and open source software licensing; and federal, state and international privacy regimes.

Prior to rejoining the firm in 2018, Ranjit served as the Executive Director of the Cook County Board of Ethics and the Cook County Commission on Human Rights in Chicago, Illinois, where he lead over 300 anti-corruption, anti-fraud and civil rights investigations, authored more than 250 administrative decisions and successfully defended those decisions on judicial review. Prior to this term of public service, Ranjit was a litigation associate in Mayer Brown’s Chicago office where he conducted numerous internal investigations for regulated entities and briefed various state and federal appellate, trial and administrative-level matters, including several cases before the Illinois and U.S. Supreme Courts.

Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Ranjit clerked for the Honorable Rebecca Pallmeyer on the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and was a fellow at Lambda Legal and the Southern Center for Human Rights.


Northwestern University, BA
Phi Beta Kappa; Dean's List

Northwestern University, MA

The University of Chicago Law School, JD, with honors


  • Illinois
  • California