Rachel joined Reed Smith in 2010 as an associate in the Litigation Department, Commercial Litigation Group.
Rachel’s experience comprises the litigation and arbitration of a wide range of complex commercial and intellectual property disputes at all stages. Rachel has drafted pleadings and discovery, as well as successful motions to dismiss and for summary judgment, in matters ranging from trademark, trade dress, and copyright infringement, defamation, false advertising, and cybersquatting, to commercial contract disputes, business torts, civil RICO claims, and commercial insurance recovery. Rachel’s discovery experience includes the structuring and supervision of large-scale electronic document reviews and productions, and taking and defending depositions. Rachel’s trial experience includes the drafting of pre-trial and post-trial submissions, witness and expert witness preparation, and direct and cross examination. In 2012, Rachel was part of a small trial team that successfully defended a telecommunications client against a $30 million claim of restitution for alleged fraud and bad faith breach of a services agreement.
Rachel’s intellectual property experience includes the litigation of trademark, copyright, false advertising, and defamation/right of publicity cases. Rachel’s transactional and advising experience includes a five month secondment in 2013 to Reed Smith client the Ad Council, a unique non-profit organization that produces, distributes and promotes public service campaigns on behalf of non-profit organizations and government agencies in issue areas such as improving the quality of life for children, preventive health, education, community well-being and strengthening families. While temporarily serving as full-time in-house counsel to the Ad Council, Rachel negotiated all of its licensing, talent, production, and services agreements and provided regular advice to the officers and employees of the organization regarding a variety of media and advertising law issues, including trademark and copyright clearance, scope of intellectual property licenses, and privacy and social media best practices.