Manesh K. Rath

Manesh K. Rath: Attorney with Keller and Heckman LLP
  • Partner at Keller and Heckman LLP (107 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.

Manesh K. Rath


•Mar 19, 2019 Manesh Rath to Present at a NAPA Webinar
•Mar 01, 2019 Manesh K. Rath Testifies Before Congress on Workplace Healthcare Violence Bill
•Jan 22, 2019 Manesh Rath to Present Drug Testing Policies in a New Paradigm
•Dec 01, 2018 Manesh Rath to Attend National Limousine Association Annual Board Meeting
•Nov 08, 2018 Keller and Heckman LLP Ranked in 2019 Best Law Firms
•Oct 31, 2018 Manesh Rath, JC Walker and Greg Clark Will Attend the 2018 Vinyl 360 Annual Conference
•Aug 16, 2018 Keller and Heckman LLP Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2019


•Apr 24, 2019 OSHA 30/30 Updates with Manesh Rath
•Apr 24, 2019 OSHA 30/30 - April 24, 2019
•Mar 20, 2019 OSHA 30/30 - March 20, 2019
•Feb 27, 2019 OSHA 30/30 - February 27, 2019
•Jan 16, 2019 OSHA 30/30 - January 16, 2019
•Dec 20, 2018 OSHA 30/30 - Updates with Manesh Rath 2018
•Dec 19, 2018 OSHA 30/30 - December 19, 2018


•Jan 31, 2019 OSHA Publishes Final Rule Revising Requirements for Electronic Reporting of Injury and Illness Data
•Jan 28, 2019 OSHA Releases New Silica FAQs for General Industry
•Jan 23, 2019 OSHA Increases Civil Penalties to Adjust for Inflation
•Dec 14, 2018 2nd Circuit Applied Taxi Cab Overtime Exemption to a Chauffeur Operator
•Feb 23, 2018 Keller and Heckman LLP Launches Audit and Inspection Program for Vapor and Tobacco Product Manufacturing Establishments
•Nov 30, 2017 OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping UPDATE
•Apr 25, 2017 FDCA Criminal Investigations - What Catches the Prosecutor’s Eye?

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:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; 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 Eleventh Circuit; Virginia; District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; 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


Peer Reviews

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

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

    Manesh is very knowledgeable and has fantastic analytical skills.

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