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"A great business lawyer solves a legal issue by viewing it through a business lens. Law is my background. Business is my passion. As an entrepreneur and former in-house counsel, I am uniquely positioned to serve my business clients."

Rakesh’s practice focuses on a wide range of mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, formations, and “best practices” corporate governance. Rakesh is a business-minded lawyer that understands a balance sheet. Holding an advanced business degree, Rakesh serves his clients’ needs by adeptly drafting, reviewing, and negotiating deal documents and a variety of commercial contracts including vendor, technology, and intellectual property agreements. Rakesh is an M&A attorney known for his ability to creatively use the law to achieve his clients’ goals.

Before joining Hirschler, Rakesh served as Manager, Senior Counsel of a global insurance company in Richmond, Virginia, and as General Counsel for a leading national fuel distributor.



As in-house counsel, Rakesh mastered communication with senior executives and fellow corporate counsel. His successful practice is propelled by his profound understanding of the internal driving factors behind a client’s decision. Having directed outside counsel, actively participated in drafting deal documents, and managed prospective mergers and acquisitions, Rakesh bridges the gap between outside counsel and the client. Rakesh earned the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) designation for the Agile framework and used this to understand the intricacies behind running a company and the everyday fires requiring constant task re-prioritization by the client. Rakesh joined Hirschler – large enough to have ample resources and lean enough to remain nimble – to efficiently execute on a business client’s priorities.




Professional Affiliations

Virginia Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section, former Chair

Virginia State Bar, Corporate Counsel Section

Richmond Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section

Association of Corporate Counsel, former member

Beyond the Law

Beyond the Law

As someone who enjoys business even in his downtime, Rakesh is an entrepreneur and an avid trader in the financial markets.

Rakesh moved to Virginia for law school, where he met his wonderful wife. When not traveling the world, they happily enjoy hikes, days at the pool, and Saturday mornings at Richmond’s farmers’ markets with their two young children. 

William & Mary School of Law, J.D.

  • William & Mary Business Law Review, Editor-in-Chief
  • William & Mary Law Review

William & Mary School of Business, M.B.A., Beta Gamma Sigma

North Carolina State University, B.S., B.A., Caldwell Fellow

  • Virginia
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