(Audit Committee) General Counsel, AFL-CIO

Washington, DC


Lynn Rhinehart is C0-General Counsel of the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor federation, comprised 56 affiliated unions representing 12.5 million working men and women. Ms. Rhinehart joined the AFL-CIO in 1996 and is the first woman to be appointed the Federation’s General Counsel. In her position, she is responsible for representing the Federation in various legal matters and oversees 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 on workplace occupational safety and health 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.

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