Areas of Practice
Rachel defends employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, and wage and hour noncompliance. She has represented clients in state and federal court as well as before administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).
An experienced litigator, Rachel has secured a number of favorable outcomes on behalf of industry-leading clients across various sectors. These include obtaining summary judgment in a case alleging battery and violations of state civil rights statutes, as well as defeating summary adjudication and securing dismissal of a case alleging violations of federal civil rights statutes. She has also obtained multiple insufficient evidence findings in matters pending before the EEOC and DFEH.
Outside of the litigation context, Rachel routinely counsels employers on a range of the most complex issues facing their organizations, including employee classification, sick leave obligations, disability accommodations, discipline, terminations, and restrictive covenants. She has also conducted internal investigations related to sexual harassment and employee classification, and has drafted and reviewed numerous employee handbooks.
During law school, Rachel served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Chief Judge James Ware in the Northern District of California and as a law clerk at the EEOC. She was also a member of the USF Law Review.
•CALI Award for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law
•CALI Award for Excellence in Health Law
•ABA-BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law