Attorney Profile:

Manesh K. Rath

Manesh K. Rath: Attorney with Keller and Heckman LLP

Biography

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 and 2017 practicing Employment and Labor Law. Mr. Rath was selected by clients for the 2017 Lexology Client Choice Award.

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.

Accessibility

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

Transportation

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 www.khlaw.com/aftermath .

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.

News

•Apr 10, 2017 Manesh Rath for Kane International Limousine Service, Inc. Secures Landmark Tax Victory in District of Columbia Superior Court
•Mar 30, 2017 Kane International Limousine Service, Inc. Secures Landmark Tax Victory in District of Columbia Superior Court
•Mar 10, 2017 Manesh Rath to Present OSHA Interpretations After Agricultural Retailers Association: What Does the Future Hold?
•Feb 09, 2017 Keller and Heckman Partner Manesh Rath Named Client Choice 2017 Winner
•Feb 07, 2017 Manesh Rath Presented US Employment Law Challenges for 2017 in a Mackrell International Webinar
•Nov 10, 2016 Manesh Rath of Keller and Heckman LLP and Corrie Fischel Conway, Vice President and Senior Counsel, Marriott International, Inc. to Present Employment and Labor Forum
•Oct 17, 2016 Manesh Rath Presents DOL Update: Overtime Revision, OSHA Recordkeeping Rule, and OSHA Enforcement Trends

Events

•Apr 26, 2017 OSHA 30/30 Updates with Manesh Rath
•Apr 26, 2017 OSHA 30/30 - April 26, 2017
•Mar 22, 2017 OSHA 30/30 - March 22, 2017
•Feb 22, 2017 OSHA 30/30 - February 22, 2017
•Jan 25, 2017 OSHA 30/30 - January 25, 2017
•Dec 15, 2016 Webinar: OSHA 2017: Predictions for OSHA Law and Policy Under the Trump Administration
•Dec 07, 2016 OSHA 30/30 - December 7, 2016

Articles

•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
•Jun 29, 2016 June Food Court Report - The Interplay of FDA Regulation and Food Law Litigation: A Case In Point
•May 31, 2016 OSHA Outlines an Ambitious Plan in the Spring Regulatory Agenda

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
www.khlaw.com
University Attended:
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.S., Business Finance, 1991
Law School Attended:
College of William & Mary, J.D., 1995
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
Memberships:

Memberships

•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

ISLN:
910285283

Peer Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 11 reviews
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 10/15/13 in Environmental Compliance

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Other Legal Professional on 10/07/13 in Administrative Law

    Manesh is very knowledgeable and has fantastic analytical skills. Read more

    Manesh is very knowledgeable and has fantastic analytical skills.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/07/13 in Employment Defense

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Other Law Firm Position on 10/04/13 in Occupational Safety and Health

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a General Counsel on 10/04/13 in Labor Law

    Exceptional service and legal knowledge, highest ethics. Read more

    Exceptional service and legal knowledge, highest ethics.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a General Counsel on 10/04/13 in Employment Law

    Manesh is our outside counsel for all employment and litigation matters, and is an outstanding attorney. We also consult with him on all of our litigation matters. He i... Read more

    Manesh is our outside counsel for all employment and litigation matters, and is an outstanding attorney. We also consult with him on all of our litigation matters. He is extremely ethical, exceptionally competent and I would trust his judgment on any matter.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/04/13 in Complex Business Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/04/13 in OSHA

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/04/13 in Civil Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/04/13 in Employment Law

    Excellent lawyer, very good speaker on employment law topics. Read more

    Excellent lawyer, very good speaker on employment law topics.

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