Lynn Rhinehart, a nationally prominent labor lawyer and worker rights advocate, recently stepped down from her position as co-General Counsel of the national AFL-CIO, a position she assumed in 2009. Ms. Rhinehart joined the AFL-CIO in 1996 and is the first woman to have served as the Federation’s general counsel. In that position, she was responsible for representing the Federation in various legal matters and overseeing legal analysis and development on numerous fronts. Among many areas of expertise, Ms. Rhinehart is regarded as one of the nation’s foremost legal experts in workplace occupational health and safety issues.
Ms. Rhinehart graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1994. Following graduation, she clerked for two years for the Honorable Joyce Hens Green of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Ms. Rhinehart is a member of the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania bars.
From 1987-1990, Ms. Rhinehart worked as a professional staff member for the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, chaired by Senator Howard Metzenbaum (D-OH).
Ms. Rhinehart’s legal writings include: Would Workers Be Better Protected If They Were Declared an Endangered Species? A Comparison of Criminal Enforcement Under Federal Workplace Safety & Environmental Protection Laws, 31 AM. CRIM. L. REV. 351 (1994); The Growing Contingent Workforce: A Challenge for the Future, 10 LAB. LAW. 143 (1994) (co-authored with Jonathan Hiatt, General Counsel, AFL-CIO); and Is There Gender Bias in the Judicial Law Clerk Selection Process?, 83 GEO. L.J. 575 (1994). She is a contributing author to Occupational Safety and Health Law (BNA, 2d Ed.), the leading treatise on workplace safety and health law.