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Rachel has extensive trial experience in federal criminal proceedings and a strong background in internal investigations. After more than eight years as a federal prosecutor, she now defends individual and corporate clients in matters involving allegations of financial and other white collar crimes.
In the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), Rachel worked on some of the Office’s most high-profile cases, including United States v. Michael Cohen, where she acted as a senior prosecutor in the investigation and prosecution of the personal attorney to the President of the United States. She was also lead prosecutor on the largest-ever gang investigation and prosecution in New York City history, which resulted in the arrest and prosecution of 120 leaders and members of two rival gangs.
As Assistant U.S. Attorney in the SDNY’s Violent and Organized Crime and Public Corruption Units, Rachel was responsible for investigating and prosecuting matters relating to complex financial crimes such as fraud and money laundering; and large and complex criminal organizations engaged in racketeering, narcotics, and violent offenses. She argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Rachel was awarded the Attorney General’s 2017 David Margolis Award for Exceptional Service (the Department of Justice’s highest honor) and 2019 Award for Distinguished Service (the Department of Justice’s second highest honor).
Prior to her work for the government, Rachel practiced litigation at two prominent firms in New York City. She also clerked for the Honorable Joseph F. Bianco of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.