Manesh K. Rath: Lawyer with Keller and Heckman LLP

Manesh K. Rath

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Employment and Labor
  • Health and Safety Compliance Audit
  • Litigation
  • Trade and Professional Associations
  • Transportation
  • Workplace Safety and Health
University Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.S., Business Finance, 1991
Law SchoolCollege of William & Mary, J.D., 1995
Admitted1995, Virginia; 1998, District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court

•Advisory Board for the National Foundation for Independent Business (NFIB) Legal Foundation
Special Expertise Panel for Security, Safety and Health for the national Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Mentor Program for Hampton Roads (Co-Chair from 1996 to 1997)
Board of Directors and General Counsel for the Northern Virginia Society for Human Resource Management (2002 -2007).


Manesh Rath is a trial and appellate attorney with experience in general commercial litigation, food litigation, wage and hour and class action litigation, occupational safety and health law, association law, accessibility, and labor law.

Mr. Rath has been the lead amicus counsel on several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including Staub v. Proctor Hospital and Vance v. Ball State University.

Mr. Rath is a co-author of three books in the fields of OSHA law, wage and hour law, and labor and employment law. On developing legal issues, he has been quoted or interviewed in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Smart Money magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, on PBS's “Nightly Business Report, WAVY-TV and C-SPAN. He was listed in Smart CEO magazine's Readers' Choice List of Legal Elite.

Food Litigation and General Commercial Litigation
Mr. Rath counsels and represents businesses and associations facing business litigation disputes. In numerous cases nationwide, Mr. Rath has conducted litigation, motions and trials before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. He has handled cases in more than forty different jurisdictions throughout the nation, including serving as lead counsel defending businesses in collective and class action matters.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Mr. Rath has extensive experience representing industry in OSHA rulemakings. He has successfully represented employers-including some of the largest in the country-against OSHA citations and investigations before federal OSHA in regions across the country and in state plan states.

Association Law
Mr. Rath serves as counsel to many associations on a broad range of matters, including governance, incorporation, anti-trust, and contractual issues, and legislative and regulatory matters.

Wage and Hour and Class Action Litigation
For almost 20 years, Mr. Rath has successfully defended employers nationwide in wage and hour and class action litigation. He has served as lead counsel in class and collective action litigation in a number of jurisdictions, and was the first to raise class defeating arguments in several jurisdictions. Mr. Rath also counsels and performs internal wage and hour audits for companies around the country.

Mr. Rath advises product manufacturers, employers and product management firms on compliance with ADAAG accessibility guidelines.

Mr. Rath works with shippers and carriers of freight and passengers on matters involving federal motor carrier safety, driver qualification and wage and hour/hours of service compliance.

Labor Law
In the area of labor law, Mr. Rath represents employers throughout the country in union organizing campaigns, in negotiating and collective bargaining agreements, and in defending against unfair labor practice (ULP) charges.

The Employment Law Aftermath
For over 9 years, Mr. Rath has hosted The Employment Law Aftermath with Manesh Rath, a quarterly briefing to in-house counsel. The Aftermath highlights the most impactful employment law developments in the past 90 days. The program is regularly attended by corporate counsel of some of the region's largest employers. Following each Aftermath, a web encore is provided for those not in their corporate counsel's office and for those who cannot attend the live briefing. For more information please visit

The OSHA 30/30
Mr. Rath is the host of the OSHA 30/30 webinar. This program brings critical developing issues of Occupation Safety and Heath to Keller and Heckman’s large community of General Counsel, Industrial Hygienist and safety and health professionals who are responsible for safety and health compliance.

Mr. Rath currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Legal Center. He served on the Society for Human Resources (SHRM) Special Expertise Panel, and on the Northern Virginia SHRM Board of Directors for several years.

•Sep 02, 2014 Manesh Rath and Keller and Heckman LLP Submit Amicus Brief in the DeKeyser v. Thyssenkrupp Waupaca Inc. Case
•Sep 25, 2013 Keller and Heckman Attorneys to Present a Course for the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication
•Jul 30, 2013 Manesh Rath to Host a Webinar for the Food Marketing Institute (FMI)
•Jun 24, 2013 U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Limits Supervisor Liability; Manesh Rath is Lead Amicus Counsel for the NFIB and RLC
•Apr 25, 2013 Manesh Rath to Present at WMACCA Employment and Labor Forum
•Apr 16, 2013 Manesh Rath to Speak at Upcoming FJATA Annual Meeting
•Apr 16, 2013 Manesh Rath Was Quoted in an April 16th Law360 Article, Lawyers Weigh In On Supreme Court's FLSA Ruling

•Dec 01, 2014 Workplace Safety Guidance Information Resource: Highly Infectious Diseases
•Dec 01, 2014 FOOD COURT REPORT: Brazil v. Dole
•Nov 12, 2014 FOOD COURT REPORT: Food Manufacturer Defeats Class Certification in Labeling Claim Because Putative Class Lacked Ascertainability
•Oct 20, 2014 FCC & OSHA Tower Safety
•Nov 22, 2013 Understanding the OSHA Temporary Worker Initiative
•Oct 30, 2013 Sixth Circuit Decision Upholds Board Decision Permitting Micro Units
•Oct 30, 2013 OSHA Proposes Revisions to Crystalline Silica Standard

•Jan 29, 2015 The Employment Law Aftermath - Updates with Manesh Rath
•Jan 21, 2015 OSHA 30/30 - Updates with Manesh Rath
•Dec 17, 2014 OSHA 30/30 - December 17, 2014
•Nov 19, 2014 OSHA 30/30 - November 19, 2014
•Oct 22, 2014 OSHA 30/30 - October 22, 2014
•Sep 24, 2014 OSHA 30/30 - September 24, 2014
•Aug 20, 2014 OSHA 30/30 - August 20, 2014


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Workplace Safety Guidance Information Resource: Highly Infectious Diseases
John B. Dubeck,Lawrence P. Halprin,Martha E. Marrapese,Michael T. Novak,Manesh K. Rath, December 29, 2014
Keller and Heckman LLP’s workplace safety and pesticide practices prepared this alert to be a general information resource for employers concerning the recent outbreak of a particularly fatal strain of viral hemorrhagic fever, also known as Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Employees who may come in...

FCC & OSHA Tower Safety
Kelly V. Friend,Lawrence P. Halprin,Manesh K. Rath,David G. Sarvadi, October 23, 2014
On October 14, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) convened a workshop to discuss the recent increase in telecommunication tower worker deaths. The workshop was described by FCC Chairman...

Will OSHA's Misguided Ideology on Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Lead to More Video Cameras in the Workplace?
Lawrence P. Halprin,Manesh K. Rath,David G. Sarvadi, August 20, 2014
At every opportunity during the Obama Administration, OSHA has alleged that there is widespread and substantial under-reporting of work-related injuries and illnesses that OSHA must address through additional regulatory and enforcement measures. OSHA has taken this position despite the overwhelming...

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Manesh K. Rath

Suite 500 West, 1001 G Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20001


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