SLAC Legal Contacts

Kam-Oi Shew
Phone: (650) 926-3508
Fax: (650) 926-3366
E-mail: kshew@stanford.edu

Saurabh Anand
Phone: (650) 926-8708
Fax: (650) 926-3366
E-mail: sanand3@stanford.edu

Ritu Bhatnagar
Phone: (650) 926-3073
Fax: (650) 926-3366
E-mail: ritub@stanford.edu

Steve Porter (Retired)
Phone: (650) 926-4701
Fax: (650) 926-3366
E-mail: slporter@stanford.edu

If you have a general legal question unrelated to specific SLAC operations, contact the Director of Legal Services at the Stanford University Office of General Counsel at (650) 723-9751.

Imposition of the federal template on a private university operating under the laws of the State of California continually generates unique and sometimes difficult situations involving a variety of issues.

Legal areas of concern include:

  • Federal government contracts (emphasis on DOE management & operating contracts)
  • Intellectual property
  • Academic and faculty affairs
  • Export control
  • Labor and employment
  • Procurement and similar commercial transactions
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Real estate and land use
  • Federal and internal audit and investigation
  • Environmental law and remediation and restoration
  • Federal cost principles and federal cost accounting standards
  • General business matters

It is the responsibility of the counsel for SLAC to know and understand relevant federal, California, and local law and regulation and their applicability to SLAC activities; additionally, counsel must educate the SLAC Directorates as to applicable law when appropriate.

Counsel must manage legal issues, facilitate transactions, oversee litigation, and provide advice and representation to help SLAC fulfill its mission and meet its goals.


Our Team

Saurabh Anand

Senior University Counsel for SLAC

Saurabh Anand

Saurabh Anand joined Stanford’s Office of the General Counsel in 2015. Previously, he was an associate in the Government Contracts group at Covington & Burling LLP, where his practice included representing government contractors and grantees in the full range of proposal, negotiation, performance, compliance, and regulatory issues and disputes. Prior to joining Covington, Saurabh clerked for the Honorable Stephen V. Wilson in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Saurabh received his B.S. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and his J.D. from the University of Southern California, where he was Senior Submissions Editor of the Southern California Law Review. He is a member of the California Bar.

Email: sanand3@stanford.edu       Phone: (650) 926-8708       Fax: (650) 926-3366


Ritu Bhatnagar

University Counsel for SLAC

Ritu Bhatnagar

Ritu Bhatnagar is a University Counsel, representing Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Prior to coming to Stanford, she served as the Deputy General Counsel and Vice President of Appirio Inc., a cloud implementation company, where she oversaw the company’s worldwide legal, governance and compliance-related matters. She previously was a technology transactions attorney at the Silicon Valley office of Latham & Watkins, LLP, where her practice focused on general business counseling, intellectual property, commercial contracts, licensing, and mergers and acquisitions.

Ritu received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University. She holds her law degree from University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. After graduating from law school, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Supreme Court of Massachusetts in Boston. She is a member of the State Bar of California and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Email: ritub@stanford.edu       Phone: (650) 926-3073       Fax: (650) 926-3366


Steve Porter (Retired)

Senior University Counsel for SLAC

Steve Porter

Steve Porter is Senior University Counsel at Stanford University, and is counsel for the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a research laboratory owned by the United States Department of Energy and managed and operated by Stanford University. He has been an active part of the DOE complex for more than 25 years.  Before joining the University's Office of General Counsel, Steve served as General Counsel at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Prior to his stint at LANL, he worked for Battelle Memorial Institute and its affiliates for 13 years, serving as Counsel to the Executive Vice President for Laboratory Operations at Battelle in Columbus, Ohio, General Counsel at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and managing the Legal Department at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  He worked for DOE for five years before joining Battelle as a government contracts and technology transfer attorney.  He also was in private practice for 10 years, with practice in the areas of oil and gas law, banking and real estate.   He began his legal career as an attorney for the Exxon’s coal subsidiary.

His practice areas in the past 25 years have included government contracts, employment, risk management, alternative financing of facilities at DOE sites, technology transfer, and real estate.

Steve is a graduate of Louisiana State University Law School, and holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.  He is a member of the Louisiana Bar and In-House Counsel member of the California Bar.

Email: slporter@stanford.edu       Phone: (650) 926-4701       Fax: (650) 926-3366