Rachael Lyle


Rachael Lyle’s practice at Gilbert LLP involves holding wrongdoers accountable for their role in the American opioid crisis. This work reflects her passion for combating the institutional injustices that often exacerbate rural poverty.

Prior to relocating to Washington, D.C., Rachael worked as a Trial Attorney at the Office of the Public Defender in Montgomery, Alabama, where she represented indigent individuals facing criminal charges.  Before her time as a public defender, Rachael worked as an Associate in the New York office of a historic law firm litigating labor class actions.

Rachael maintains an active pro bono practice, most recently dedicated to the representation of students in school discipline cases in the District of Columbia.

Representative Matters

  • Defending an indigent teenaged boy suffering from schizophrenia charged with the alleged assault of a mental health worker while institutionalized.
  • Negotiating a plea agreement of low-cost parenting classes in lieu of one year of incarceration for an indigent mother of seven children facing a charge of misdemeanor child endangerment for allegedly leaving her teenaged child home alone with her toddler while driving to the grocery store to purchase baby formula for her youngest child.
  • Representing an indigent teenaged boy charged with felony assault in the alleged shooting of another teenaged boy amidst accusations of gang membership.
  • Defending an indigent elderly man at trial facing jail time on misdemeanor charges of trespassing on private property and hunting without a license.


  • 2015 – J.D., Tulane University Law School
  • 2011 – B.A., New York University

Bar Memberships

  • District of Columbia
  • Alabama

Professional Affiliations and Honors

  • Member of the American Association for Justice – Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts
  • Member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society
  • Recipient of the Clarence D. Morrow Academic Merit Scholarship
  • Member of the Washington School of Ballet – Adult Open Program