Washington, DC

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  • Partner
  • Direct Dial: +1 202.434.4182
  • Fax: +1 202.434.4646
  • Professional Assistants: Kristin Marcil and Caroline Mills , Ph: +1 202.434.4343

    Washington, DC

    1001 G Street NW
    Suite 500 West
    Washington, DC 20001

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

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.

He has testified before Congress on questions of occupational safety and health law.  He is the co-author or co-editor of the two authoritative books on occupational safety and health law: the Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook (Gov. Inst. 2001) and the American Bar Association’s Occupational Safety and Health Law 4th Ed. (2018).  He is also a contributor to the book Understanding Fair Labor Standards Act Violations (Aspatore 2009).  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 has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® every year since 2016 for practicing Employment and Labor Law. He was named Super Lawyer recipient in the area of Employment and Labor from 2017 to Present.

 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.

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, in 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 associations on a broad range of matters, including governance, incorporation, anti-trust, 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.

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.  

The Employment Law Aftermath

For 12 years, Mr. Rath has hosted The Employment Law Aftermath with Manesh Rath, a quarterly briefing to in-house counsel.

Mr. Rath has served on the Board of Advisors for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Legal Center and the Society for Human Resources (SHRM) Special Expertise Panel for occupational safety and health. 


Practice Areas


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • B.S., 1991, Business Finance
  • College of William & Mary
    • J.D., 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • 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. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh 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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