Rachel Tallon Reynolds

Shareholder, Seattle Office

Direct Dial: 206.521.6415
rachel.reynolds@bullivant.com



Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2005
  • Oregon, 2013
  • Washington, 2007

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • Chapman University School of Law - J.D., cum laude, 2005
      President, Student Bar Association; Copy Editor, Chapman Law Review; Chairperson, Nexus Law Journal; President, Women's Law Forum; Secretary, Mock Trial Board
  • Claremont McKenna College - B.A., 2001
      Distinguished Scholar, Varsity Swimming & Diving (Captain)

Practice Experience

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.

Representative Matters

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.

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • American Bar Association (Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Leadership Academy, 2016-2017; Membership Committee Vice-Chair; Self-Insurers and Risk Managers Committee Vice-Chair)
  • American Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Bellevue Youth Court (Attorney Mentor)
  • Chapman University Fowler School of Law (Dean's Counsel)
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (Commercial Litigation Committee, Admissions Committee, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee, Diversity Committee)
  • King County Bar Association (Board of Trustees, Young Lawyers Division, 2009-2012)
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (MAMA) of Seattle (Member, Inaugural "Ladder Down" Class)
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Member, Legal Task Force)
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (Treasurer, Board of Trustees)
  • Washington State Bar Association (Adjunct Disciplinary Counsel Panel)
  • Washington State Veterans Bar Association (Member, January 2016-Present)

Awards and Honors

  • Named as a "Rising Star" in Washington Super Lawyers (2013-2107 — Personal Injury Defense: Products)
  • Recipient of Riverside County District Attorney's Office Prosecutor of the Year Award (2006) (Western Division)
  • Arthur R. Adams Fellow in International Strategic Studies
  • Balfour Scholar
  • Phi Delta Phi International Graduate of the Year
  • American Bar Association Silver Key Award
  • Five time recipient of CALI Excellence for the Future Awards

Publications and Presentations

  • Speaker, "Generation Why? Communicating Effectively with Jurors of All Generations," WDTL Asbestos CLE (2017)
  • Speaker, "Lessons from the Gridiron: The Seattle Seahawks and 30(b)(6) Depositions," American Conference Institute (ACI) National Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation Conference (2017)
  • Speaker, "Jurors and the Navy Case," American Conference Institute (ACI) National Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation Conference (2016)
  • Speaker, "Diving into Social Media," Puget Sound Adjusters Association (PSAA) Annual Conference (2016)
  • Speaker, "Career Advancement Strategies: Communication Skills, Interviewing your Interviewer, and Surviving at Big Law and Beyond," American Conference Institute (ACI) Women Leaders in Environmental and Energy Law Conference (2015)
  • Author, "NY High Court Cuts Middle Path for Medical Disclosure," Law360 (2014)
  • Author, "Pushback against Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Abuse May Grow," Law360 (2014)
  • Co-Chair & Speaker, "Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts," Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) Asbestos CLE (2013)
  • Author, "The ‘George Constanza' Approach to Asbestos Transparency Litigation: Working to Prevent the ‘Double Dip,'" Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs (2013)
  • Speaker, "Stay Classy, Young Lawyers: What Anchorman's Ron Burgundy Can Teach You about Being a Better Lawyer," King County Bar Association (2012)
  • Author, "Annual Automobile Survey," American Bar Association (ABA) Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Practice Law Journal, Vol. 48, No. 1 (2012) S
  • peaker, "Effective Advocacy Techniques," Bellevue Youth Court (2012)
  • Speaker, "Discovery Techniques and Disputes," Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) Defense Practice Academy (2012)
  • Speaker, "Social Media in Litigation," Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) (2012)
  • Speaker, "Evidence Issues including Social Media," Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) Defending the Auto Case (2012)
  • Speaker, "Medicare Set-Asides Allocations, Approvals, and Administration," National Business Institute (NBI) Medicare Set-Asides in Personal Injury Litigation (2011)
  • Chapter Author, "Employment Class and Collective Actions," Proceedings of the New York University 56th Annual Conference on Labor, Kluwer Law International, Aspen Publishing (2009)
  • Author, "Too Many Riches: The Efficacy of Monolithic Class Actions," 82 Detroit Mercy L. Rev. 71 (2006)
  • Author, "The Robin Hood Taking and the Court of Standards," 4 Appalachian J. L. 145 (2005)