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Richard H. Rahm counsels and represents employers primarily in wage-and-hour class action litigation in the transportation, financial, and retail industries, as well as public employment litigation. Richard has over 20 years of experience in successfully representing employers in jury trials, state and federal appeals, and arbitrations. He has specific knowledge of claims arising under:

  • The Fair Labor Standards Act and California Labor Code
  • The California Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA)
  • The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
  • The Dills Act

A core team member of Littler Mendelson’s Appellate Practice Group, Richard was one of the principal attorneys in state and nationwide class actions involving a national mortgage company and overtime pay policies. He most frequently works with the following types of clients:

  • Trucking companies
  • Financial institutions
  • Aircraft manufacturers
  • Retail companies
  • State governmental agencies

Richard has written a number of articles on various aspects of PAGA, in addition to developments in the California arbitration law. He is also a regular speaker at Littler Executive Employer® conferences and webinars.

Previously, Richard clerked for the Hon. Ferdinand F. Fernandez, U. S. District Court for the Central District of California. He did doctoral research as a German academic exchange fellow in the law department at the University of Frankfurt am Main.


  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, American Trucking Association
  • Member, California Trucking Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, Special Olympics of Northern California and Nevada
  • Member, Board of Directors, Northern District of Historical Society - U. S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • Member, Board of Directors, California Supreme Court Historical Society


  • Awarded, Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rating