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Rachel Reynolds defends companies against claims involving toxic torts, product liability, and catastrophic personal injury. Corporate and municipal clients often face societal challenges when defending themselves against litigation, and Rachel takes pride in telling jurors who her clients are and why their story matters.
An experienced first chair trial attorney, Rachel prides herself on providing creative solutions to legal challenges and outwitting her adversaries. Having grown up in a small town and then traveling the world as a member of the U.S. Army, Rachel is uniquely able to connect with people from all walks of life. This skill serves her well when persuading jurors, deposing witnesses, or managing all aspects of complex litigation.
Rachel began her career as a Deputy District Attorney for one of the largest counties in the United States, where she was named a "Prosecutor of the Year." She has represented clients in appeals in various state courts and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Plaintiff v. Municipality Substituted in as lead trial counsel following the discovery cutoff in a case involving negligent road design and Plaintiff's resulting quadriplegia. Following a week of jury trial, the case resolved for a fraction of Plaintiff's pre-trial demand.
Plaintiff v. Personal Watercraft Distributor Received a unanimous defense verdict after four hours of deliberations, following a two-week trial involving two adult brothers who were allegedly injured when a Jet Ski exploded. Served as local counsel with Client's National Trial Counsel. Plaintiffs claimed that the Jet Ski had various design and warnings defects and that the Plaintiffs suffered from various muscular and skeletal injuries, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder. One brother also lost the tip of his thumb. Plaintiffs' counsel told the jury in closing argument that this was a "million dollar case." Rachel picked the jury; crossed two of plaintiffs' four experts; did a direct of client's liability expert; and crossed four of the seven fact witnesses.
Plaintiff v. Retailer/Manufacturer Drafted successful briefing in opposition to Plaintiff's motion in an asbestos case in Washington state court. Plaintiff asked the Court to find as a matter of law that client was the successor-in-liability to another entity, in accord with courts across the country.
Plaintiffs v. Pharmaceutical Device Manufacturer Associated into ongoing medical malpractice/product liability case two months before trial involving a premature infant's serious personal injuries. Drafted and argued a successful motion for protective order that changed the dynamic of the litigation, resulting in a favorable settlement for the client, who paid just a fraction of what other similarly situated defendants paid to resolve the case.
Plaintiff v. Energy Generator Manufacturer Drafted successful summary judgment motion for an energy generator manufacturer in an asbestos case in federal court in Pennsylvania.
Plaintiff v. Worldwide Logistics Company Served as assistant trial counsel for a shipping company in a claim that arose out of a dramatic collision with two semi-trucks that occurred on Interstate 5 near Chehalis, Washington. The plaintiff alleged that he suffered permanent brain injury, memory loss, and cognitive dysfunction, as well as a multitude of physical injuries and asked the jury to award approximately $2.3 million. The jury returned a defense verdict on the question of causation.