Biography

Rachel maintains a diverse environmental litigation practice with a particular focus on natural resources, including oil and gas, solar facilities, and water rights as well as contaminated site cleanup and litigation under CERCLA.

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 for nearly eight years. She defended federal agency actions involving oil and gas, grazing, fishing, mining, solar facilities, hunting, and military training under the Administrative Procedure Act. She has represented the United States in complex de novo litigation relating to water rights, title to submerged lands, management of Indian tribes’ assets, and takings suits.  Rachel began her Department of Justice Career through the Attorney General’s Honor Program, and earned outstanding performance awards in 2014 and 2016.

As a trial attorney, Rachel was sole or lead counsel in over 25 cases.  Her notable work included the successful defense of Navy training flights on Whidbey Island in Citizens of the Ebey’s Reserve v. U.S. Dep’t of the Navy, 122 F. Supp. 3d 1068 (W.D. Wash. 2015) and representing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in the long-running water adjudication of the Yakima basin in Department of Ecology v. Acquavella.  She also has extensive experience in NEPA litigation in district courts throughout the Ninth Circuit.

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.

Prior to joining law school, Rachel conducted economic analysis for an energy efficiency consulting firm.  She received her undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science, as well as a minor in Spanish from Arizona State University.

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
  • Georgetown University  (J.D., magna cum laude, 2010)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Claims