Rachael’s practice at Gilbert LLP involves holding corporate wrongdoers accountable for their role in the opioid crisis that is decimating communities across the United States. This work reflects her passion for combating the corporate greed and institutional injustices that exacerbate the entrenched, generational poverty gripping rural America.
Prior to relocating to Washington, D.C., Rachael worked as a Trial Attorney at the Office of the Public Defender for the 15th Judicial Circuit in Montgomery, Alabama, where she represented indigent individuals facing criminal charges. From preliminary and bail hearings to plea negotiations and trials, Rachael took a holistic approach to her practice, addressing the economic and social barriers her clients faced while mitigating the collateral consequences of their arrest and incarceration. Before her time as a public defender, Rachael worked as an Associate in the New York office of a historic law firm. There, her representation focused on the non-profit management of her clients’ public charities and private foundations, as well as the litigation of class actions involving labor violations on behalf of low-income restaurant workers facing issues of pay equity and unlawful discrimination.
Rachael maintains an active pro bono practice, most recently dedicated to the representation of students in school discipline cases in the District of Columbia. During law school, her pro bono advocacy included indigent defense work with The Bronx Defenders’ Family Defense Practice; contribution to a Supreme Court amicus curiae brief at Innocence Project New Orleans, which helped to secure the release of a wrongfully convicted man who spent seventeen years inside Angola State Penitentiary; and a two-year internship with New York Environmental Law & Justice Project involving the negotiation of a settlement for volunteer firefighters whose property was contaminated by an oil spill from an adjoining gas station.
• 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
- District of Columbia
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