Biography

Rachel's practice encompasses a wide variety of transactional and regulatory matters for Verrill's health care clients, including health systems, hospitals, academic medical centers, and pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

In particular, Rachel has experience advising clients on Stark law and anti-kickback statute, HIPAA, state data protection and privacy laws, and state and federal licensure issues. Rachel also has a strong understanding of the various legal issues affecting the life sciences industry through a prior on-site placement at a pharmaceutical company, where she advised the company on issues related to clinical trials, market research, sales representative contracts, and vendor contracts, among others.

Prior to joining Verrill, Rachel worked as an associate in the Public Finance Group of Mintz Levin. While there, she served as Bond Counsel, underwriter's counsel and borrower's counsel for tax-exempt and taxable financings related to health care, housing, higher education, and economic development with a focus on 501(c)(3) health care financings.

Rachel received her law degree from Boston College Law School. While there, she served as a regulatory practice extern at the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission and as an intern at the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office in the Health Care Division, where her work involved health, pharmaceutical, and privacy matters. Rachel also served as a staff writer for the Boston College Law Review. Her note, "Uncharitable Hospitals: Why the IRS Needs Intermediate Sanctions to Regulate Tax-Exempt Hospitals," was published by the Law Review in 2014.

Prior to law school, Rachel worked as Assistant Director of Government Affairs for the Office of Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick.

Outside the office, Rachel enjoys exploring Boston's food and music scene with her husband, Jacob, and training for marathons with her favorite running partner, her Vizsla-mix rescue dog, Austin.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Boston College Law School  (J.D., magna cum laude)
  • McGill University  (B.A.)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Memberships

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Boston Bar Association

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

FDA Issues Guidance on IRB Review of Non-Emergency Individual Patient Expanded Access Requests for Investigational Drugs and Biological Products to Treat COVID-19

Prompted by a substantial increase in requests for individual patient access to investigational drugs and biologics to treat COVID-19, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued guidance on June 2, 2020 that outlines...

News

Paycheck Protection Program Focuses on Short-Term and Misses Long-Term Damages

On June 8, the Portland Press Herald published an article, "Revamped emergency loan program remains a short-term fix," discussing the Paycheck Protection Program's (PPP) extended deadlines and loosened restrictions, but lack of solutions to...

Event

2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop

Health care attorney Emily Fogler will be presenting at the 2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop in the third session, discussing sharing responsibilities and protecting participants - redefining roles in the single IRB era. Stay tuned...

Blog

Financial Institutions . . . In the News

Town & Country Federal Credit Union to host virtual money conference ( Mainebiz 6.23.2020) Connected Credit Union and Winslow Community Federal Credit Union ’s merger is effective June 27 and will be known as...

Publication/Podcast

PPP: How is Maine Faring?

Originally enacted on March 27, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) offers loan support and (potentially) loan forgiveness to qualifying small businesses – generally defined as those with not more than 500 employees. According to...

Matter

Community Service

Portland Regional Chamber, Chair (2012-14) Trustee (2008-16; 2019- present) Portland Community Chamber of Commerce, President (2019- ) Trustee (2016-present) Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Trustee (2009 - present) Project Green Schools, Advisory Trustee (2017-present...

Matter

Political Service

Mayor, City of Portland (2005-2006) Portland City Council (2002-2008) Portland City Council Transportation Committee, Chair (2002-2005) Jetport Master Planning Committee, Chair (2005-2007) Greater Portland Transit District, Trustee (2002-2005) Narrow Gauge Rail Alignment Committee, Chair...

Blog

IRS Issues New Guidance on CARES Act Retirement Plan Distributions and Loans

The IRS recently issued Notice 2020-50 , which expands relief provided for retirement plan distributions and loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Distributions Under the CARES Act, a...

News

Verrill Welcomes Esteemed Corporate and Securities Attorney Edward Rosenthal

(June 10, 2020) – Verrill is pleased to welcome corporate and securities attorney Edward Rosenthal to the firm as a member of the Business Law Group. Rosenthal brings with him more than 40 years...

Blog

IRS Allows Tax-Advantaged Leave Donation to COVID-19 Relief Organizations

Under new guidance, the IRS will give favorable tax treatment to employees who donate leave to COVID-19 relief organizations. In IRS Notice 2020-46 , the agency announced that employees who donate paid leave for...