In addition to the billable cases Sander Bak litigates as a Partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCoy in New York, he also takes on pro bono work. An expert in international law, Sander Bak recently represented a Panamanian woman who sought to recover custody of her abducted daughter in Cuellar v. Joyce.
In winning the case, Sander Bak and his co-attorneys cited the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The Hague Convention bars local courts from deciding which parent remains better suited to retain custody in an international abduction, requiring in most cases that the court in the country of the child’s habitual residence determine custody.
Sander Bak’s client, a Panamanian woman, met Joyce, a college professor, in Panama. While dating, she became pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl. Later, Joyce arranged for the mother and 18-month-old child to meet him in Australia. Upon their arrival, he took her passport and the toddler and flew back to the United States, stranding her in the airport with no money.
Sander Bak and his fellow attorneys eventually resolved the case, with the court requiring Joyce to surrender custody of the girl and pay the woman’s attorney fees, even though Bak and his colleagues took the case on pro bono.
In another recent case, Sander Bak served on the litigation team of an Israeli satellite earth-imaging firm in a lawsuit filed by several minority shareholders. Representing the company and several of its directors, Sander Bak and his co-counsel convinced the judge to dismiss the complaint. The court ruled on forum non conveniens grounds, concluding that a majority of the relevant events in the case occurred in Israel, not in New York, where the judge heard arguments.
Prior to joining Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, Sander Bak was an Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York. Admitted to the New Jersey Bar and the New York State Bar as well as several federal courts, Sander Bak received his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Yeshiva University.