Professor Rahul Manchanda, Esq.
- Principal Attorney
Professor and Attorney Rahul Manchanda has worked for one of the largest law firms in Manhattan, where he focused on asbestos litigation. At the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law ("UNCITRAL") in Vienna, Austria, Mr. Manchanda was exposed to international trade law, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, and comparisons of the American common law with European civil law. He later worked for one of the largest multi-national law firms in Paris, France, where he focused primarily on international arbitration, arbitration agreements, the enforcement of foreign arbitration awards against multinational parent corporations, piercing the corporate veil, arbitration venue choice, and foreign policy. In Paris, Mr. Manchanda analyzed and compared the American legal system with its British, French, Russian, German, and Chinese counterparts. Mr. Manchanda also has extensive technical experience in Federal Patent Prosecution and Intellectual Property issues, and has contributed to the issuing of patents in the areas of biotechnology, organic chemistry, biopharmaceuticals, electrical and mechanical engineering, computer software and technology, and internet business methods. He was recently the Keynote Address Speaker for Hamline University School of International Law on the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, as well as a Chief Speaker for the Civil Rights Litigation Update Seminar on Balancing Inalienable Civil Rights and National Security in the Post-911 Era.
At Boston University, Mr. Manchanda took a Bachelors degree in Biology, wherein he distinguished himself in the chemical and biological sciences, doing extensive research in organic chemistry, in both field and laboratory work relating to organic synthesis and isolation, structure determination, and production of synthetic bio-active natural products. He also attended Yale University where he studied Molecular Cell and Evolutionary Biology.
His internationally recognized law firm has a formidable presence in Federal Criminal, Civil, International, and Immigration Courts throughout the United States pertaining to Master, Individual, and Final Hearings, Naturalization Interviews, Writs of Habeas Corpus, Writs of Corum Nobis, Marriage Cases, U.S. Embassy and Consular Processing, American Citizen Services, United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State liaison, 440 Motions to Vacate, Amend, or Expunge Criminal Convictions, Aggravated Felonies, Drug Smuggling Cases, Stokes Hearings, Political Asylum, Taxation, Hardship, Removal of Condition Hearings, National Security, and Adjustment of Status Interviews. He served as an American Immigration Lawyer Association ("AILA") Committee Member for the Congressional/Advocacy Committee, the Department of Labor ("DOL") Committee, and the Executive Office for Immigration Review ("EOIR")/District Counsel/Political Asylum Committee. Attorney Manchanda also proudly serves on the New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel Program, which is a small group of Attorneys who serve the poor without charge, helping people who otherwise could not afford legal counsel to achieve justice. Attorney Manchanda also proudly serves as a Member of the American Bar Association Advisory Panel, a group of Attorneys that informs the ABA’s priorities and decisions by providing opinions about the direction of the ABA and issues facing the profession.
In addition to Mr. Manchanda’s extensive international litigation practice in Immigration Law, Deportation and Removal Defense Litigation, Family Law, International Law, Civil Litigation, and Federal Criminal Defense, he has advised on, prepared, and filed countless Non-Immigrant and Immigrant Visa Petitions including, but not limited to: H-1B1, B, C, D, E, L, O, P, H-3, J, K, M, R, S, T, and U Visas, as well as I-130 and I-140 Immigrant Petitions with accompanying Adjustment of Status (I-485), Extraordinary Ability Petitions, EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, EB-5, Investment Based Visas, PERM, RIR, and Regular Labor Certification Applications with the Department of Labor, Political Asylum, Marriage Cases, Stokes Interviews, Naturalization/Citizenship, Agricultural, 245(I), CSS/Lulac/Zambrano, LIFE Act, Removal of Conditions, Criminal and Overstay Waivers, and Aggravated Felony and CMT Defense. Attorney Manchanda has succeeded for his Clients in Deportation and Removal Proceedings, Asylum, Employment Based Visa Petitions including PERM/Labor Certification, Business Immigration Visas, and Family Based Immigration Petitions.
Attorney Manchanda’s Family Court Litigation expertise includes successful advice and court appearances in Supreme Court and Family Court throughout New York for Divorce, Child Support, Child Custody, Orders to Show Cause, RJIs, Visitation Rights, Paternity, and Order of Protection proceedings. He has also successfully advised on and appeared in Criminal Court throughout New York for many different types of Criminal Defense Matters.
He was sworn in and admitted to practice in the highest courts in New York State as well as in the Federal United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the Federal United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the United States District Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States District Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is currently an active member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Phi Alpha Delta International, the Global Interdependence Center ("GIC"), the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Network 20/20, and the Asia Society. He regularly participates in conferences with the House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, Capitol Hill, the Center For Strategic and International Studies ("CSIS"), and the Council on Foreign Relations ("CFR") in Washington, D.C. pertaining to counterterrorism and foreign policy in South Asia. He served on a New York Committee on State Regulation of Immigration Law in front of the New York State Senate. He served on the Board of Directors of the US-India Institute ("USINI"), a non-partisan foreign policy advisory board and think tank located in Washington, D.C. focusing on critical geo-strategic issues of national security, defense and economic relations between the US and India, informing and educating key policy makers in the US and India on issues of common interest, and advocating the importance of achieving and maintaining peace through strength and economic freedom. He served as the U.S.-India Political Action Committee ("USINPAC") Co-Chairman for New York where he impacted U.S. Foreign Policy on issues of concern to the Indian American community in the United States, providing bipartisan support to candidates for Federal, State and Local office who supported the issues that were important to the Indian American community. Attorney Manchanda also served on the Paris Conference Presidential Desk of the European Association of Lawyers ("AEA"), a highly selective network of international law firms with a presence in most of the world’s countries. He is also a member of the Indian American Lawyers Association of Manhattan New York.
Mr. Manchanda has appeared as International Law Expert regularly on major media television program channels such as Fox News, CNN, Court TV, and NBC on such television programs as Dayside, Studio B with Shephard Smith, Fox and Friends, Heartland with John Kasich, Live from CNN with Kyra Phillips, the Live Desk with Martha McCallum, Anderson Cooper 360°, the O’Reilly Factor, Nancy Grace, Banfield & Ford Courtside, Best Defense with Jami Floyd, and the Catherine Crier Show on the most publicized and globally newsworthy of international legal issues and cases.
His in depth expertise in International Affairs, State and Federal Criminal Defense Litigation, Consular Processing Issues, Immigration Law, Foreign Affairs, Customs Law, and High-Level Scientific Training has enabled Attorney Manchanda to secure solutions for his Clients in a quick, efficient, and accurate manner.
Mr. Manchanda is fluent in French, English, Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi. He has also studied Russian, Latin, and Hebrew. His hobbies include Politics, International Affairs, Soccer, and Shotokan Karate. In his spare time, he enjoys Chess and Classical Music.