University of Pennsylvania Law School, with honors
Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review
B.A. cum laude
Rachel has been a partner at ADJ since 2013 and has handled a wide variety of appellate matters, including dozens of cases before the Supreme Court of Texas. Before joining the firm, Rachel worked at the Supreme Court of Texas for eleven years. She was hired as the Supreme Court’s staff attorney for extraordinary writs, more commonly known as the mandamus attorney. She then served for more than a decade as lead staff attorney to Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson.
Recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners (2020), as a leading Texas appellate lawyer, Rachel has been Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2007 and served for six years on the board’s appellate exam commission. She has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law, teaching a seminar on “Writing for the Courts.”
Rachel is listed in Best Lawyers in America for appellate practice in 2020 and has been a Texas Super Lawyer in appellate law since 2016. She is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Rachel’s practice includes a significant pro bono component. She currently chairs the State Bar Appellate Section’s pro bono committee, which helps match parties seeking appellate assistance with volunteer attorneys. She has also authored a chapter explaining how courts can facilitate pro se representation in Beyond Elite Law: Access to Civil Justice in America (Cambridge University Press 2016).
State Bar of Texas
Supreme Court of the United States
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States District Court, Western District of Texas
United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
Ranked in Chambers USA (2020) as a leading appellate practitioner
Best Lawyers in America (appellate practice) in 2020
Named by Thomson Reuters to Texas Super Lawyers listing in appellate law each year since 2016
Board Certified in Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, since 2007
Adjunct professor at University of Texas School of Law (2016-2017)
Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Texas Board of Legal Specialization appellate exam commission (2013-2019)
American Bar Association, Council of Appellate Staff Attorneys (2008–2013)
Preservation of Error & Verdict Aftermath, Advanced Trial Strategies CLE, State Bar of Texas, 2019
Co-Author of Chief Justice Jefferson’s speech for the annual William J. Brennan Jr. Lecture on State Courts and Social Justice, Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Legal System Falls Short in Protecting Basic Rights, 88 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1953 (2013)
Having the Last Word: Reply Briefs at the Texas Supreme Court, Practice Before the Supreme Court of Texas, State Bar of Texas (2009)