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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 30 years of experience in successfully representing employers in jury trials, state and federal appeals, and arbitrations. He has specific knowledge of claims arising under:

  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • California Labor Code
  • California Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA)
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSA)
  • Federal Aviation Authorization Administration Act of 1994 (FAAAA)
  • Federal Arbitration Act (FAA)

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 the FAAAA, FAA, PAGA, and wage and hour issues arising under the California Labor Code. He has spoken at conferences held by the American Trucking Association (ATA) and California Trucking Association, and he is a principal organizer of the ATA’s California Trucking Class Action Roundtable. He is a regular speaker at Littler's Executive Employer® conferences and webinars and a principal author of Littler's Class Action Manual.

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.

Afiliaciones Profesionales y Comunitarias


State Bar of California


American Trucking Association

Official Legal Partner

California Trucking Association

Vice Chairman, 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


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News, Analysis & Press

Uncertain Fate of 9th Circuit’s Decision That FAAAA Doesn’t Preempt Break Law

Thomson Reuters Westlaw Employment Journal

September 16, 2014

9th Circuit Puts Its Own Spin on ‘Armendariz’ In New Cases

Daily Journal

August 28, 2009

Form Response: How Securities Industry Employers Can Minimize Their Risk of Defamation Actions

Employment Law

November 2004

Armendariz Three Years After: Considerations In Drafting Enforceable Employment Arbitration Agreements

California Law Reporter

September 2003

From ‘Armendariz’ To Autos: California Supreme Court Endorses The Enforcement Of Arbitration Agreements

The Recorder

May 28, 2003

Disparate Impact Age Discrimination: Strategies For Avoiding Liability

Employee Relations Law Journal

Winter 2003

Working It Out

Employment Law Roundtable

December 2001

Armendariz: The New Standard For Enforceable Employment Arbitration Agreements

Employee Relations Law Journal

Spring 2001

Speaking Engagements

Transportation Roundtable

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 2, 2018

Transportation Industry Roundtable

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 10, 2017

The California Employment Law Difference: Staying Compliant in the Golden State

Phoenix, AZ

May 24, 2016

Transportation/Courier Industry Roundtable

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 6, 2016

Legal Update on California Trucking Class Actions

2014 Management Conference Exhibition - American Trucking Associations

October 5-7

To Have and Have Not – FAAAA Preemption

2014 Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel - American Trucking Associations

July 15, 2014

Update on California Trucking Class Actions

Management Conference & Exhibition - American Trucking Associations

October 22, 2013

California Court Rules Piece Rate Workers Are Entitled to Separate Hourly Compensation

May 1, 2013

California Court Rules Piece Rate Workers Are Entitled to Separate Hourly Compensation

April 23, 2013

Wage and Hour Brinker- New Free Lunch

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012


  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
  • MLitt, Oxford University
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

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