Archana A. Manwani

Senior Counsel


Archana Acharya Manwani is a litigation senior counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP. She has experience in a wide range of litigation matters, including complex commercial disputes, wage and hour class actions and single-plaintiff cases. Archana has also defended and advised employers on safety and health related matters under the California Occupational Safety & Health Act (Cal/OSHA), and regularly counsels corporate clients on a variety of employment issues. She has also counseled corporate clients on a variety of employment issues. She is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment and Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practices.


Archana earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law (J.D., May 2010) where she was executive operations editor, senior articles editor, and treasurer of the Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal. During law school, Archana was a judicial extern for the Honorable Associate Justice William Bedsworth of the Courts of Appeal, 4th District, Division Three. She graduated magna cum laude and with college honors, from the University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 2006).


Archana is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in California, as well as the Southern District of Texas and the Ninth and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal.


  • Co-author, “Tackling Depositions in Wage and Hour Misclassification Suits,” Lexis Nexis Practice Advisor, featured in Law360 (May 10, 2018)
  • "Ninth Circuit Deviates from Guidance and Other Authority on Tip Credits,” Labor & Employment Law Perspectives (September 18, 2017)
  • "Finding a Balance Between Cell Phone Access to Work Email and On-Call Pay,” Labor & Employment Law Perspectives (October 24, 2016)
  • "Q&A on the FLSA’s Changes to Overtime Exemptions,” Labor & Employment Law Perspectives (June 13, 2016)
  • "Tell Me How Much My Coworkers Make… Or I’ll Sue You,” Labor & Employment Law Perspectives (January 19, 2016)
  • "We Thought It Might Be Getting Better… But Class Certification is Still On the Rise,” Labor & Employment Law Perspectives (August 10, 2015)
  • "I Falsified My Time Records… But I’m Still Suing You for Overtime,” Labor & Employment Law Perspectives (February 16, 2015)
  • "Gentlemen’s Club Cannot Strip Dancers of Employee Status,” Labor & Employment Law Perspectives (November 10, 2014) and Law360 (December 2, 2014)
  • "It’s Official – Employers Have 90 Days to Provide New Hires With Health Insurance,” Labor & Employment Law Perspectives (March 10, 2014)
  • "A.F.L. - C.I.O. Wants More People Standing Under Its Umbrella,” Labor & Employment Law Perspectives (September 16, 2013)
  • "Finally, for the First Time in Over a Decade, the National Labor Relations Board Has Five Senate-Confirmed Board Members,” California Minority Counsel Program – E-Newsletter (August 2013)
  • "Handling Complaints of Harassment Made Against Non-Employees,” Labor & Employment Law Perspectives (March 25, 2013)
  • Co-author, "Employers, get to know the new religious accommodation rules,” Daily Journal (February 6, 2013)
  • Co-author, "M&A Due Diligence: The Effect of Restatements,” Deal Lawyers (November-December, 2010)
  • Co-author, "The Yellowstone Club Case: New Concerns Are Raised Regarding Subordination of Secured Creditors Claims,” LexisNexis Emerging Issues Analysis (July 2009)

Representative Matters

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Foley acted as primary counsel to a personal styling service company in raising its second (Series A) outside round of financing.
Handled a series of three companion cases filed in California state court by investors who allegedly lost money after purchasing Tenant-in-Common ("TIC") offerings from representatives of a now-defunct independent broker-dealer. Many of the defunct broker-dealer's representatives joined our client. The investors sued our client claiming that the group "acquisition" of representatives, which was a mischaracterization of the facts, caused our client to be liable, as successor, for any liability attributable to the defunct broker-dealer. In fact, in only one case did the representative or the client actually migrate over to the client. We successfully obtained a stay of the proceedings while the investors pursued FINRA arbitrations against the defunct broker-dealer, while providing firm and steady opposition to Plaintiffs' counsel. To date, two of the three cases have been resolved with minimal out-of-pocket costs to the client. One case remains stayed.


The Latest and Greatest Updates About Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Agreements in California
26 November 2018
Labor & Employment Law Perspectives
Tackling Depositions in Wage and Hour Misclassification Suits
10 May 2018
Labor & Employment Law Perspectives
Tackling Depositions In Wage And Hour Misclassification Suits
10 May 2018
The Sliding Scale of Reasonable Accommodations
12 March 2018
Labor & Employment Law Perspectives