Biography

Rachel is a highly experienced trial and appellate attorney representing businesses of all stripes in resolving their complex, bet-the-company commercial disputes. Rachel also has significant experience representing companies and individuals in administrative proceedings and appeals, white collar criminal matters, employment litigation, government investigations, and shareholder disputes. Rachel represents businesses in the industries of finance, health care, insurance, real estate lending and developing, and manufacturing, among many others.

Since joining Verrill in 2012, Rachel has represented some of the region's most esteemed businesses in their most complex disputes. For example, Rachel represented an academic medical center with respect to multi-million-dollar claims arising out of research misconduct and represented a large family-run business against claims of minority shareholder oppression. Rachel has successfully defended against claims of wrongful termination of employment and defamation.

Rachel’s wealth of appellate experience includes having briefed and argued in numerous Federal Courts of Appeal, including the D.C., First and Second Circuits. She has also briefed and argued prominent cases to the Maine Supreme Court, including two cases involving high-profile elections.

Prior to joining Verrill, Rachel was a partner in the New York office of an international law firm. There, Rachel defended some of the country’s largest institutions against government investigations, in shareholder litigation, and in all manner of commercial disputes. Rachel was co-chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group.

Rachel has been committed to pro bono work since her first days of practicing. Rachel has represented numerous asylum applicants, handled impact litigation on behalf of underserved public education students, represented the unemployed in their quest for unemployment insurance, and defended individuals charged with drug crimes in plea negotiations.

In her spare time, and when not chauffeuring her son to various practices and games, Rachel enjoys running, reading, and visiting Portland's restaurants and breweries.

Services/Industries

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School  (J.D., With Honors)
  • University of Michigan  (M.A.)
  • University of Vermont  (B.A., magna cum laude)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Public Service

  • Former Member, Legal Advisory Board, Sanctuary for Families

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts

Memberships

  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Honors

  • Named a Local Litigation Star for Appellate and General Commercial by Benchmark Litigation
  • Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for pro bono efforts (2015, 2017)

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Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont

Firm Highlights

Matter

Procurement

We have assisted many owners, and contractors in design and construction contracting including: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Investment Management Company on over a billion dollars in projects in Kendall Square area of Cambridge, Massachusetts...

Publication/Podcast

New Rules for Apprentices on Energy Projects Come with Uncertainty for Contractors and Developers

On January 1, 2021, a new law went into effect setting benchmarks for use of apprentices on energy generation facility construction projects. Enacted in 2019, the law was part of “An Act to Establish...

News

Verrill attorney Elizabeth Connellan Smith Elected to the Board of Governors of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Publication/Podcast

Connecticut’s new privacy law: What you need to know

As part of its growing privacy practice, Verrill is pleased to share this advisory on Connecticut’s new privacy law. Verrill is pleased to offer a sophisticated range of privacy and cybersecurity services. On May...

Blog

Supreme Leak: Religion at Work

Over the last year, our society has navigated COVID-19 and rules concerning vaccination and masking. As a society and on this blog, we have discussed regularly the role religious freedoms play in the work...

Publication/Podcast

Massachusetts Employers Beware: Any Late Wage Payment Means Liability for Triple Damages

Blog

Department of Labor Guidance and Federal Initiatives Counsel a Wait-and-See Approach for 401(k) Plan Fiduciaries Interested in Cryptocurrency Options

On March 10, 2022, the Department of Labor published Compliance Assistance Release 2022-01, 401(k) Plan Investments in “Cryptocurrencies” . The Release strongly discourages the addition of cryptocurrency (and other digital asset) options to the...

Matter

Recovery From Surety and Professional Liability Carrier for Defective Turbine and Biomass Energy Facility Components

Our client developed a biomass fired cogeneration power facility to sell power back to the grid and to support its sawmill operations. As part of this project, it entered into a $13+ million contract...

News

Groundbreaking Decision Released by Connecticut Supreme Court

In a groundbreaking decision released on May 10, 2022 arising out of an appeal argued by Verrill attorney Andrew Nevas on November 16, 2021 in front of the Connecticut Supreme Court , the Supreme...

Blog

Supreme Leak: NLRA Rights

For blog followers, you likely saw last week’s post reminding you to revisit your confidentiality policies in the wake of the leaking of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health...

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