Overview

Rachel assists employers and business owners with corporate and employment issues and disputes. In her litigation practice, she works hard to help her clients resolve conflicts outside of the courtroom. When litigation is necessary, Rachel helps her clients obtain successful outcomes.

She represents employers in disputes related to unfair competition, non-compete covenants, and other employee-employer contracts. Rachel also represents companies in litigation involving breach of contract, partnership disputes, deceptive trade practices, creditors’ rights, and infringement of IP rights.  

Additionally, Rachel has a specialty practice advising closely held businesses at all stages of their lifecycles on a range of corporate matters, from formation through succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, and dissolutions.

Before joining Michael Best, Rachel was a member of full-service firm Forrest Firm, where she also served as Managing Attorney of the Forrest Firm’s Greensboro and Winston-Salem offices. Previously, Rachel was an attorney with Sharpless and Stavola, PA., where she focused on litigation and transactional law.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Rising Star, North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2014-present
  • North Carolina’s Legal Elite, Business North Carolina Magazine, 2019-present
  • Recipient, North Carolina Bar Association Younger Lawyer Pro Bono Award, 2016 and 2017
  • Recipient, Award of Achievement for Service to the Bar, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 2014
  • Honoree, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Scholar, 2014-2015

Professional Activities

  • Board Member, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, Pro Bono Alumni Board, 2017-present
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Past Chair, SOGI Committee, Young Lawyers Division
    • Past Liaison to SOGI Commission, Young Lawyers Division
    • Business Law Fellow 2019-present
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association
    • Past Member, Board of Governors
    • Past Chair, Young Lawyers Division
    • Young Guns (2019)
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
    • Past Member, Board of Directors
    • Past President

Education

Bar Admission

Court Admissions

Community Involvement

  • Member, Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties
    • Past Chair, Fund Development Committee
    • Past Chair, Community Focus Committee
  • Member, Alamance Partnership for Children
    • Past Member, Board of Directors
    • Past Treasurer 

Education

Bar Admission

Court Admissions

Community Involvement

  • Member, Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties
    • Past Chair, Fund Development Committee
    • Past Chair, Community Focus Committee
  • Member, Alamance Partnership for Children
    • Past Member, Board of Directors
    • Past Treasurer 
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