Rachel focuses her practice in the area of employment law where she advises companies on a wide variety of employee-related matters.  Rachel frequently counsels companies on issues such as hiring, discipline, leave, accommodations, wage and hour law, and termination.  Rachel also regularly defends clients in federal and state administrative proceedings and in court against discrimination and wrongful discharge claims.

In addition to her employment litigation work, Rachel also practices in the firm’s commercial litigation group where she represents companies in a range of actions, including breach of contract, business torts, restrictive covenants, and unfair competition claims.  

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Representative Matters

  • Represents employers before administrative agencies and in court against employment discrimination, whistleblower, and other wrongful discharge claims
  • Prepares employment agreements, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, and severance agreements
  • Counsels employers on wage and hour issues
  • Prepares and advises employers on employee policies and employee handbooks
  • Counsels and represents business owners in contract disputes and breach of contract claims in state and federal court
  • Represents commercial property owners in property assessment appeals in Allegheny County, Washington County, and surrounding counties

Professional Affiliations & Honors

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Recognized for a Pennsylvania Rising Star (2014-2016)
  • Member, Pittsburgh Human Resources Association

Background

  • 2009  Metz Lewis Brodman Must O'Keefe LLC
  • 2007  Attorney-Advisor, United States Department of Labor

Education

  • 2007  J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Associate Articles Editor, Journal of Law and Commerce Note, "IBP, Inc. v. Alvarez: Has the Supreme Court Placed Employers on the Cutting Block?," 26 J.L. & Comm. 129 (2006-07)
  • 2007  M.P.A., University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
  • 2002  B.A., summa cum laude, University of Pittsburgh

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
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