As a partner in the Washington D.C. office of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz, Rakesh has broad experience leading all aspects of litigation and crisis management. Since joining WW+E, he has delivered favorable results for clients both before and at trial. Most recently, he served as trial counsel for the NCAA and helped obtain a complete defense verdict in a highly-publicized defamation case arising from the Reggie Bush scandal. Prior to that engagement, Rakesh 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 WW+E, Rakesh served as 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, focusing on healthcare, education, labor and employment, housing, and the Supreme Court. 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. Before entering the government, Rakesh was an associate in the appellate and white-collar practice groups at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, where he also maintained an active pro bono practice in federal circuit courts and immigration courts.
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.