Ms. Rachel Malkowski Ortiz

Ms. Rachel Malkowski Ortiz: Attorney with Shepard, Smith, Kohlmyer & Hand, P.A.


Rachel’s practice concentrates on the defense of claims filed under state and federal consumer protection laws, with a special focus on motion practice and appeals. She is skilled at legal research and drafting and has obtained several favorable rulings for her clients on summary judgment and other dispositive motions. She is also experienced in the defense of class actions alleging violations of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”).

Rachel previously worked at the Third District Court of Appeal in Miami, Florida as a staff attorney and as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard J. Suarez. There, she handled civil and criminal appeals as well as petitions for extraordinary relief. This experience trained her to identify the key issues in a case from the eyes of the court, anticipate the opposing arguments, and draft a fair, concise, and effective brief. She has successfully represented clients on appeal at the circuit and district court levels and is admitted to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Rachel graduated with honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she served as a Managing Editor on the Florida Law Review. She is admitted to practice in the State of Florida and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She is bilingual in Spanish and has volunteered as a translator at the Orange County Regional History Center. Rachel lives in Orlando with her husband Michael and their two children, Audrey and Jack.

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Appellate Practice
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
407-622-1772  Phone
407-622-1884  Fax
University Attended:
University of Florida, B.A., cum laude, 2007
Law School Attended:
University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2010
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; 2010, Florida
The Florida Bar; Florida Association of Women Lawyers.

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Maitland, Florida

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