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Name and title: Manik Rath, general counsel, corporate secretary and vice president for administration Age: 36 McNamara’s baby: Robert S. McNamara, the the secretary of defense, proposed to President Kennedy in 1961 that the Department of Defense could best address longstanding and complicated problems involving defense procurement by sponsoring a nonprofit organization of business-management specialists under the guidance of trustees recruited from leading corporations. Kennedy gave the go-ahead, and the Logistics Management Institute was born. Today, the organization, now known simply as LMI, bills itself as a strategic consultancy that provides world-class logistics advice to a range of civil and defense agencies. It specializes in acquisition, facilities and asset management, financial management, information and technology, logistics and human capital. It also offers expertise in health care systems, energy and the environment. LMI is heavily involved with the national security agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and the intelligence agencies. It employs more than 700 people in its McLean, Va., headquarters and satellite offices in Washington; Baltimore; Mechanicsburg, Pa., and elsewhere. The firm reported revenues of $142 million in 2005. “In some cases we are located in a site to support numerous agencies. For example, having an office in downtown D.C. helps us to serve . . . a range of government agencies,” Rath said. “A high percentage of our work force has had senior-level positions in the federal government and the military before coming to LMI,” he continued. “A high percentage has doctorates or other advanced degrees, and many were considered leaders in their areas before coming to LMI.” The LMI Research Institute, a relatively recent spinoff, last year devoted $2 million to basic research in government management, according to LMI’s most recent annual report. The results included new ideas about the models government planners use to plot logistics, plus new software and advances in the use of voice-recognition software in the collection of field data. The institute sponsors symposia, seminars and a distinguished lecture series for logistics experts and corporate leaders. The institute publishes The Public Manager, a quarterly journal. Daily duties: “I am responsible for the legal affairs of the company, including corporate law, tax, employment law, export controls, regulatory and a whole range of legal risk-management issues,” Rath said. Besides that, Rath oversees corporate-governance issues and the human resources and administration departments. He monitors LMI’s facilities, risk management, office services and security. “To keep my roles separate, I have to make clear when I’m speaking as a general counsel giving legal advice or as an administrative supervisor,” he said. Rath reports to Chief Executive Officer Don Pilling and LMI’s board. Legal team and outside counsel: “In addition to me, we have an outstanding attorney who is mainly responsible for government-contracts issues,” Rath said. Regarding outside counsel, “I am always evaluating new matters to determine which attorney is best suited for the matter, so I use a flexible rather than entrenched approach to using outside counsel. I also believe in hiring lawyers, rather than law firms.” As examples Rath named K. Stewart Evans Jr. of Philadelphia-based Pepper Hamilton’s Washington office, Scott Hommer of Washington’s Venable for complicated government contracting matters and Mark Henry of the Washington intellectual property firm Staas & Halsey. Route to present position: Rath is a 1991 graduate of the University of Virginia, where he was awarded his J.D. in 1994. He began his career in the Dallas office of Baker & McKenzie, moving to the Washington office of the Richmond, Va., firm McGuireWoods in 1997. Two years later he moved to the predecessor firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge. In 2002, Rath was hired to help reorganize the company now known as Alion Science and Technology Corp., a government contractor that primarily does business with defense agencies. He saw the company through a series of employee buyouts and acquisitions of new businesses. He joined LMI in 2005. “Having represented companies in the federal-contracting space for a number of years, I was aware of LMI’s reputation,” he said. “It is a company committed to public service.” High standards: “I think it’s fair to say that the job of an in-house lawyer for a federal contractor has never been as multifaceted as it is today. Every day is a different and a tremendously exciting job,” Rath said. Corporate governance standards have never been higher, he noted, and regulatory agencies, boards and independent auditors have become increasingly vigilant. As a nonprofit, “in some respects we are obligated to the same standards as public companies; in other respects we voluntarily adhere to standards set for public companies,” Rath said. “As a former in-house lawyer for a public company, I see that a lot of what occupies lawyers’ minds applies to private companies, as well.” Asked what he particularly likes about the job, Rath said: “I have the privilege of working with a tremendously talented management team at LMI. They are committed to making a difference in the federal government and in the national security effort. I really enjoy sharing their commitment to doing the right things, and helping to lead a company that does something good and does it well.” Personal: Rath was born in Pittsburgh and lives with his wife of two years, Wendy, in Tysons Corner, Va. They are expecting their first child in November. “We’ve been working on the house we bought a year ago-that takes some time,” he said. “Wendy and I vacationed this January, hiking around Aconcagua in Argentina, which is one of the seven summits. We’ve seen a lot of the great mountains on our last few vacations.” Last book and movie: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, by Jared Diamond, “which explores whether history reveals any theory about why societies fail or succeed, with emphasis on environmental destruction.” Regarding movies, “I honestly couldn’t tell you,” Rath said. “I can’t sit still for two hours.”

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