He attended Washington University for one year and received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma in 1981. He received his Juris Doctor from the Washington University School of Law in 1985 where he graduated Order of the Coif.
He served as an editor of the Washington University Law Quarterly. He served two years as law clerk to Judge William Judson Holloway, Junior. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. His concentration was commercial litigation.
He served as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Law, teaching civil pretrial litigation.
Bacharach was appointed United States Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma in 1999, holding that office until his elevation to Circuit Judge in 2013. During his time on the bench, he has handled nearly 3,000 civil and criminal cases and presided over more than 400 judicial settlement conferences.
He has issued more than 1,600 reports and recommendations in a wide variety of judicial matters. He has chaired numerous committees for his district, including the Civil Rules Committee and the Criminal Justice Acting Committee.
On January 23, 2012, President Obama nominated Bacharach to be United States Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
On July 26, 2012, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed for cloture on Bacharach"s nomination. A cloture vote held on July 30, 2012, failed by a vote of 56-34, with 3 senators voting present, including both Oklahoma Senators, Tom Coburn and James Inhofe. On January 2, 2013, his nomination was returned to the President, due to the sine die adjournment of the Senate.
On January 3, 2013, he was renominated to the same office.
On February 7, 2013, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported his nomination to the floor by voice vote. The Senate confirmed his nomination on February 25, 2013, by a vote of 93 ayes to 0 nays.
He received his commission on February 28, 2013.
He is an active member of the Federal Bar Association and has served as the Tenth Circuit Vice President since 2007.