Nandini Rao

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

New York
United States
T:+1 212 318 3046
New York
United States
T:+1 212 318 3046

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Nandini Rao is a Counsel based in Norton Rose Fulbright's New York office. She focuses her practice on employment and labor counseling and dispute resolution. She routinely works with a broad range of clients, including those in the technology, gaming, retail, and financial service sectors.

Nandini advises clients throughout the U.S., including in New York and California, on all aspects of employment law, including hiring, terminations, discrimination, harassment, COVID-19 considerations, contractor matters, wage and hour compliance, accommodations, and other employee-related matters. She assists clients in developing policies and practices to help minimize employment liability risks. She also has experience advising on labor and employment issues in the context of mergers and acquisitions, including conducting due diligence and preparing employment documents post-acquisition.

Nandini works closely with in-house counsel, Human Resources executives, and opposing counsel to negotiate resolution of employment claims and disputes. She regularly represents clients in federal and state courts with respect to claims of age, race, sex, national origin, disability, and other forms of discrimination, including sexual harassment. She also represents clients in connection with breaches of employment agreements, including enforcement of non-competition, non-disclosure, and non-solicitation provisions, and with respect to wage and hour matters. Nandini also has experience representing clients in accessibility cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act, including lawsuits relating to website accessibility.

Nandini is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York.

Professional experience

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JD, cum laude, Emory University School of Law, 2010
BA, cum laude, sociology, law and society, New York University, 2006

While in law school, Nandini was a Managing Editor for the Emory International Law Review. After law school, she held an Emory Law Fellowship with the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis, Magistrate Judge, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

  • New York State Bar
  • Routinely advise on COVID-19 employment compliance, including considerations relating to testing, vaccination mandates, and employee accommodations.
  • Defended and achieved favorable settlements for broad range of companies facing race, gender, national and age discrimination litigation in federal and state court.  
  • Successfully argued and enforced non-compete agreement against former employee of technology client in New York Supreme Court.
  • Routinely advise technology and start-up clients on labor and employment issues, including those relating to mergers and acquisitions.
  • Prepare employment agreements, offer letters, separation agreements, and policies for clients in New York, California and throughout the U.S.
  • Represented variety of clients, ranging from start-up beverage company to luxury retailer, in website accessibility cases in New York federal court.
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Best Lawyers, 2021, 2022
  • American Bar Association
  • South Asian Bar Association of New York
  • Sports Lawyers Association