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Rakesh is a Partner at Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz. His practice focuses on all aspects of litigation and crisis management. In 2018 alone, Rakesh helped deliver favorable results for numerous clients in high-profile cases both before and at trial. He directed the legal strategy for Bayer Corporation in a products liability lawsuit involving the blood thinner Xarelto, obtaining summary judgment on one of the plaintiff’s claims before trial and helping secure a complete defense verdict on the remaining claim that went to trial. He served as trial counsel for the National Collegiate Athletic Association and helped obtain a defense verdict in a highly publicized defamation case. And he led the successful defense of the economic development arms of a sovereign Indian nation against an enforcement action by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, obtaining a full dismissal of all claims before any discovery was taken.
Before joining the firm, Rakesh was a Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel in the Office of White House Counsel, where he provided legal advice and strategic counseling to the Obama Administration on its domestic policy agenda. He also helped to develop and implement the government’s litigation strategy in cases arising under the Affordable Care Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Rakesh is also an active member of the D.C. legal community. He is a member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of DC’s (APABA-DC) Board of Directors, an editor of The Green Bag, and a member of the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court. In addition, Rakesh previously served as a director of the ABABA-DC Education Fund, a not-for-profit arm of APABA-DC that provides fellowships and other educational opportunities to law students in the D.C. area. Rakesh began his legal career clerking for the Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson III, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Honorable Elena Kagan, Supreme Court of the United States.
Last updated July 2019