Rachael Lyle represents corporate and individual clients in complex litigation. Rachael’s practice has most recently centered on holding wrongdoers accountable for their role in the American opioid crisis. Rachael also has experience litigating class actions, and advising clients in complex insurance disputes, including in mass tort bankruptcy proceedings. She maintains an active pro bono practice in the criminal law arena, which recently qualified her for the Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll.
Prior to joining Gilbert LLP, Rachael worked as a Trial Attorney at the Office of the Public Defender in Montgomery, Alabama, where she represented indigent individuals facing incarceration on felony and misdemeanor charges at trial and in plea deals. Before her time as a public defender, Rachael worked as an Associate in the New York office of a historic law firm litigating violations of labor law on behalf of low-income restaurant workers, and advising clients in the creation, management, and dissolution of their public charities and private foundations.
- Litigating claims against pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors, and retailers on behalf of state attorneys general and sovereign Indian tribes to recover damages caused by the opioid epidemic.
- Assisting in securing funds for individuals who endured torture at the hands of foreign governments.
- Representing incarcerated individuals in juvenile resentencing proceedings in D.C. Superior Court, and in federal parole hearings across Appalachia.
- Tulane University Law School, 2015
- Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society
- Clarence D. Morrow Academic Merit Scholarship
- New York University, 2011
- NYU in Paris, Poetry Workshop with The New Yorker’s Dan Chiasson and Yusef Komunyakaa, 2010
- District of Columbia
Professional Affiliations and Honors
- American Association for Justice – Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts
- D.C. Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll, 2019