Rachel’s practice focuses on serving businesses’ day-to-day needs to maximize company profitability and productivity. This includes drafting and negotiating public and private contracts, developing and providing advice regarding employment and compliance policies and serving as litigation counsel. She regularly collaborates with high-level executives and managers to develop, implement and improve risk management and compliance policies and strategies to reduce the risk of costly litigation. If a claim or litigation is unavoidable, Rachel creates innovative and comprehensive strategies for resolution through negotiation, mediation, arbitration or the litigation process. Her extensive trial experience in Federal and state courts as well as administrative agencies has benefited clients in employment-related claims, contract disputes, government procurement issues, complex commercial matters, insurance-related claims and general corporate matters.
Government Contracts and Relations
Rachel represents and advises government contractors in all aspects of their operations including entity formation; contract drafting, negotiation, review and disputes; regulatory and compliance matters; policy development, implementation and training; and insurance issues. As part of this practice, she is experienced in helping government contractors navigate issues involving bid protests, requests for equitable adjustment, contract modifications, delays, contract claims, sub-prime disputes, health and safety matters, and internal investigations. Rachel routinely advises contractors on a variety of compliance matters including the Davis-Bacon Act, Service Contract Act, Miller Act, the Prompt Payment Act and Truth in Negotiations Act as well as various local public procurement laws.
Rachel also guides clients through government relations and public policy issues by monitoring developments in laws and regulations impacting client operations and generating appropriate compliance strategies. Her representation spans a number of sectors including:
- Health Care
- Government Contracts
- Financial Services
- Business Regulation
- Insurance Regulation
- Labor and Employment
A background in the Maryland legislature gives Rachel a comprehensive understanding of legislative process, which enables her to effectively assist clients in developing strategies for promoting, defeating, or providing input on upcoming legislation as well as interpreting and complying with new and existing laws.
Labor and Employment
Rachel represents and advise businesses in all aspects of labor and employment law including hiring/firing, performance management, employee benefits, wrongful termination claims, discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour issues, workers’ compensation, unemployment, employment contracts and statutory claims such as those under FLSA, FMLA, Title VII and ERISA. Her goal is to maximize company profitability and minimize risk exposure beginning with developing, implementing, and reviewing common-sense employment policies, procedures, and contracts and providing in-house training on labor and employment-related issues. She also provides advice on day-to-day business matters including public records laws; hiring, firing and performance management; workplace injuries; drug testing policies; restrictive covenants; employee benefits; and personnel grievances. If necessary to further the best interests of the company, Rachel directs and participates in employment-related litigation in various jurisdictions including Federal and state courts as well as administrative agencies.
Rachel has significant trial experience representing clients in sophisticated commercial and corporate litigation matters, including cases involving contract disputes, real estate transactions, employment-related claims, regulatory violations and general liability.
Representative Litigation Matters
- Representing a large securities broker in front of FINRA.
- Representing a financial services company in Federal court litigation alleging violations of various statutes including the TCPA.
- Developed and executed litigation strategy resulting in complete dismissal of lawsuit for a national company sued for employment discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
- Obtained a jury verdict on behalf of a trucking company sued in a negligence action.
- Awarded directed verdict at trial in favor of company sued for the acts of its employee.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a government contractor sued for tortious interference with existing and prospective contracts.
- Successfully defended a contractor at arbitration over claims of product liability and faulty workmanship, resulting in a complete defense verdict.
- Negotiated pre-suit resolution of claim against employer for misclassification, unpaid overtime, and retaliation under the FLSA.
Before Fox Rothschild
Prior to joining Fox, Rachel was an associate at a Mid-Atlantic regional law firm based in Baltimore, Maryland. She gained hands-on experience in both Maryland State and Federal Courts, representing clients before the EEOC and Maryland Commission on Human Rights as well as representing the interests of businesses and financial and insurance professionals in the Maryland legislature.
Before attending law school, Rachel was a legislative assistant to Maryland State Senator Donald F. Munson.
Honors & Awards
- Noted among “Twenty in Their Twenties” by The Daily Record (2014)
- Named to “Super Lawyers Rising Stars” (2016)