Biography

Rachel helps clients resolve complex matters involving contaminated sites, land use, and water rights.

Rachel’s practice focuses on contaminated site remediation and water rights disputes. Rachel helps clients steer complex and long-running cases to a successful resolution. She enjoys helping clients navigate challenging regulatory environments.

She advocates for clients and works with experts in contaminated site allocations under both CERCLA and state analogues, including MTCA. Rachel brings her considerable litigation experience to bear in developing strong positions for clients both in the courtroom and in settlement negotiations. Apart from litigation, she helps clients with brownfields redevelopment, environmental covenants, and responses to agency requests for documents. Rachel also has a strong interest in water rights and has advised municipal water districts on water rights questions. 

Prior to joining Beveridge & Diamond, Rachel served as a Trial Attorney for U.S. Department of Justice’s Natural Resources Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division. While at DOJ, Rachel handled a diverse docket of natural resource matters, including representing the Bureau of Reclamation in the Acquavella adjudication. Rachel began her Department of Justice Career through the Attorney General’s Honor Program and earned outstanding performance awards in 2014 and 2016.

Rachel attended the Georgetown University Law Center, where she organized the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review symposium on climate change adaptation and served as President of the Environmental Law Society.

Before law school, Rachel conducted economic analyses for an energy efficiency consulting firm.

Rachel is an active member of the Environmental and Land Use Law sections of both the Washington State and King County Bar Associations.

Education

  • Arizona State University  (B.A., magna cum laude, 2005)
    • Political Science and Economics
  • Georgetown University  (J.D., magna cum laude, 2010)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims