Rachel was inspired to become a trial lawyer when her family was included in a class action suit in 2003 involving a groundwater plume of contaminants in the sand-and-gravel aquifer that ran beneath her childhood residence in Pensacola, Florida. Her family and other members of the class action were awarded a settlement for property damage as compensation for the resultant moratorium on drilling wells on private property due to the contaminants in the drinking water, including heavy metals and Radium-226/228. From Rachel’s perspective, the settlement did not fairly compensate the residents for their toxic exposure. Rachel went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from The Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in 2011, graduating magna cum laude. Rachel also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities from the University of West Florida.
Rachel is an established trial lawyer who represents Oregonians who have been harmed by medical professionals. In 2020, she obtained a $2,855,000 verdict on behalf of a couple who suffered injuries following the delivery of their baby by a midwife who failed to timely diagnose and treat birth injuries. In 2020, Rachel was recognized as achieving a jury verdict in the top 20 medical malpractice verdicts in the United States. She was also recognized in 2020 as a Rising Star, Top Attorneys in Oregon, in the area of personal injury law, by Super Lawyers, which is selected by peer recognition and professional achievement.
Rachel is one of the top medical malpractice attorneys in Oregon. She has been in private practice since 2013, following working from 2009 until 2013 as a law clerk and associate attorney for a prominent Portland personal injury attorney and member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Rachel has handled civil litigation on behalf of plaintiffs involving medical negligence for the past eleven years, recovering over ten million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of her clients during that time. Rachel has successfully resolved cases in Oregon against numerous public and private hospitals and clinics, as well as individual physicians, midwives and chiropractors in cases for injuries including obstetric anal sphincter injuries (OASIS), chemical burns, ruptured colon, dental injuries, nerve injuries, foot drop, thyroid damage, and failed D&C, among others.
Rachel is especially interested in representing women in cases involving obstetrics and gynecology but represents patients who have suffered all kinds of injuries in the process of seeking medical care. While Rachel’s practice is almost exclusively representing patients against medical professionals, Rachel has also prevailed in other civil actions involving vehicle collisions, intentional torts including battery and conversion, premises liability, fraud, misrepresentation and unfair trade practices, cases against drunk drivers and social hosts, and cases involving sexual abuse and abuse of vulnerable persons. Rachel is a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and American Association for Justice, and has proudly always worked on the plaintiffs’ side of the bar, never working on behalf of insurance companies that decline to compensate righteous claimants who have suffered harms as a result of medical negligence.
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