Manesh K. Rath

Manesh K. Rath: Attorney with Keller and Heckman LLP
  • Partner at Keller and Heckman LLP (110 Attorneys)
  • Suite 500 West, 1001 G Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001
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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. Mr. Rath was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, 2017, and 2018 practicing Employment and Labor Law. In addition, in a survey of corporate counsel members of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Mr. Rath was the winner of the 2017 Lexology Client Choice Award for the District of Columbia in Labor, Employment and Benefits, and is named a Super Lawyer recipient in the area of Employment and Labor.

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.


•Nov 30, 2017 OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping UPDATE
•Apr 25, 2017 FDCA Criminal Investigations - What Catches the Prosecutor's Eye?
•Jan 12, 2017 Ninth Circuit Rejects Administrative Infeasibility As A Basis For Decertifying Class Actions
•Jan 05, 2017 Food Court Report - Dismissal of Movie Candy Slack-Fill Case Leaves Sour Aftertaste: Federal Court Rejects Labeling Disclosure Defense
•Sep 01, 2016 Workplace Safety and Health Group Authors Article on Law 360
•Aug 30, 2016 A $75 Check in Response to a Demand Letter Killed a Potential Class Action
•Aug 02, 2016 Food Court Report: Father and Son Food Company Executives Sentenced to Prison for Salmonella Outbreak


•Nov 09, 2017 Keller and Heckman's Employment and Labor Practice Ranked in 2018 Best Law Firms
•Oct 17, 2017 Peter de la Cruz and Manesh Rath Attend the Plastics Industry Association 2017 Annual Meeting and Fall Conference
•Aug 15, 2017 Keller and Heckman LLP Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2018
•Jul 18, 2017 Manesh Rath to Present Regulatory Update at the National Asphalt Pavement Association Midyear Meeting
•Jun 13, 2017 Manesh Rath Will Present Causation Standards in Employment Law at the D.C. Bar
•Apr 24, 2017 Manesh Rath Selected by Super Lawyers for Employment and Labor
•Apr 10, 2017 Manesh Rath Secures Landmark Tax Victory for Kane International Limousine Service, Inc. in District of Columbia Superior Court


•Jan 24, 2018 OSHA 30/30 - January 24, 2018
•Jan 24, 2018 OSHA 30/30 Updates with Manesh Rath
•Dec 20, 2017 OSHA 3030 - December 20, 2017
•Dec 20, 2017 OSHA 30/30 Updates with Manesh Rath 2017
•Nov 29, 2017 OSHA 3030 - November 29, 2017
•Oct 25, 2017 OSHA 3030 - October 25, 2017
•Sep 27, 2017 OSHA 3030 - September 27, 2017

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Employment and Labor
  • Food Litigation
  • Health and Safety Compliance Audit
  • Litigation
  • Tobacco and E-Vapor
  • Trade and Professional Associations
  • Transportation
  • Workplace Safety and Health

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.434.4182  Phone
202.434.4646  Fax
University Attended:
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.S., Business Finance, 1991
Law School Attended:
College of William & Mary, J.D., 1995
Year of First admission:
1995, 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)
American Bar Association

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