Mr. Manchanda is an experienced attorney with decades of experience in the industry. He is the founder and CEO of Manchanda Law firm, which offers legal services for criminal cases, immigration, and family law. His in-depth expertise in International Affairs, State and Federal Criminal Defense Litigation, Consular Processing Issues, Immigration Law, Foreign Affairs, Customs Law, and High-Level Scientific Training has enabled him to secure solutions for his clients in a quick, efficient, and accurate manner for more than 20 years. Manchanda credits his success to a strong academic background. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and attended Yale University, where he studied Molecular Cell and Evolutionary Biology. Manchanda also served on the Pace University School of Law’s Mentor Program, where he received his Juris Doctor degree. Throughout his career, Manchanda has worked for one of the largest law firms in Manhattan, where he focuses on asbestos litigation. He also has a wealth of experience in international trade law, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, and comparisons of the American common law with European civil law. Mr. Manchanda is also a patent lawyer with over two decades of experience. He has also worked extensively on Federal Patent Prosecution and Intellectual Property issues for top organizations like Milde Hoffberg & Macklin LLP and Moses & Singer LLP. He also worked for one of the largest multinational law firms in Paris, France, Coudert Frères, where he focused on international arbitration, arbitration agreements, and the enforcement of foreign arbitration awards against multinational parent corporations. Attorney Rahul Manchanda is an author and has written and published Deep State Defector, Deep State Defector II, and Deep State Defector III. In his writings, he chronicles his encounters and experiences over the past 20 years with the systematic court and judicial corruption, as well as within foreign and domestic policy, non-governmental organizations, and federal and state law enforcement.
Where did the idea for Manchanda Law Firm come from?
I always had a passion for legal practice since I was young. When I went to law school, I was sure I wanted to start a law firm. Also, I wanted the firm to have a piece of me. I believe names impact businesses, and what a better way than using my name. The mention of my name makes me smile.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
I wake up around 6 am on working days. After a couple of stretches, I embark on exercising for an adrenaline rush. After exercising and showering, I take a cup of coffee as I read industry news about the law and real estate. It’s important to know what is happening lest I get left behind on the current trends.
Depending on the day’s activities, I research clients’ cases, preview and read clients’ legal documents, then prepare court evidence. If I have a court hearing, I appear before the court. If I don’t, I spend most of my afternoon meeting new clients. I strongly believe in networking as a marketing strategy. To stay productive, I create a to-do list each day. It keeps me accountable.
How do you bring ideas to life?
Every time I come up with an idea, I write it down. Writing helps me keep track of all the ideas that I have generated at any one time. Later along, mostly on weekends, I discuss my ideas with friends or colleagues, and if an idea looks solid, I execute it.
What’s one trend that excites you?
It has to be the metaverse. This concept still baffles me. I don’t fully understand how it works; hence I’m eager to see how it unfolds. The thought of social connections existing in 3D seems surreal. People shopping, working, playing, and socializing through the internet without border barriers would be fun. I long for the day that web 3.0 would be part of the human experience wholesomely.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
That would be delegating duties. Anything that does not require my attention, I delegate. This helps me focus on what’s important at all times.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t grow up! Just kidding…I would tell myself not to rush things. That everything falls into place at its perfect time. Take time to learn the ropes and be patient. You are supposed to be where you are in life at each particular moment.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
I don’t believe human beings were created to fulfill only one purpose. I believe we are infinite beings. Our different versions can exist in one lifetime to meet our different objectives without limiting ourselves.
So, if you’ve conflicting thoughts on what your purpose should be, do everything that gives you joy. It’s in exploring that you get to live your purpose. Or rather purposes. Also, why should you limit yourself to doing one thing yet you can be doing numerous things.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
I believe in myself and my ideas. I would advise all entrepreneurs to do the same. If you don’t, nobody will. People will doubt you and your ideologies. Don’t let doubt and fear instilled by people stop you from executing your ideas. With self-confidence, you get to achieve levels of success that you may have thought were unreachable.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Networking has worked for me. I’m a firm believer that your network is your net worth. Hence, everywhere I go try to create meaningful connections. It’s through these connections that I’ve gotten referrals for new clients. Most importantly, I have made great friends.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
When starting my career, I let fear drive me. I didn’t take some cases since I believed I didn’t have the expertise to handle them. I regret it, but I know the world is a learning curve. I overcame these issues through encouragement from an older lawyer who was my mentor back in the day. He encouraged me to take chances and that failure was part of the process. I took his advice, and things have changed for the better since then.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Real estate. I think this business has a lot of opportunities that are yet to be explored. There are different niches, and one has a lot of options to choose from. With the right research, you will find ways to explore the business and curve your niche.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
Gym wear. I enjoy being fit, and it’s been a while since I invested in something towards fitness. The outfit is relaxed, comfortable, and affordable. Wearing that fit makes me happy.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
One software that has been a huge part of my journey is ClickUp. I create reports, text docs for my marketing plans, strategies, and other files through the software. It allows me to easily organize my tasks, including clients’ work. I can’t miss a task I’m supposed to complete with it.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie is one of the best books I’ve ever read. As I’ve stated earlier, I love networking and emphasize its importance. This book teaches how to interact with and make connections. I have seen it work the magic in my business.
What is your favorite quote?
‘If life were predictable, it would cease to be life, and be without flavor’ by Eleanor Roosevelt. This quote has taught me that we need to enjoy the randomness of life.
- Believe in yourself the rest of the world will adjust
- Learning never stops
- Failure is part of an entrepreneurship journey. Instead of wallowing in your predicaments, pick yourself and learn from it
- You can do anything. You only need to put your mind to it.
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.