- University of California at San Diego (B.A., 1991)
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas (M.S., with honors, 1996)
- Cornell Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1999)
- Law clerk to the Honorable Robert R. Beezer in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2000 - 2001).
- Law clerk to the Honorable Alan C. Kay in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii (1999 - 2000).
Seattle partner Rachel Black focuses her practice on high-stakes commercial litigation for plaintiffs and defendants, both at the trial and appellate levels. Ms. Black has tried and managed high profile, high stakes, and widely covered matters in state and federal courts across the country involving a variety of claims, including patent infringement, audit malpractice, financial fraud, unfair business practices, environmental remediation, breach of contract, and antitrust. She provides efficient, dedicated representation for her clients both in the Seattle metropolitan area and nation-wide.
In 2016 Ms. Black served as legal counsel to the 1970’s rock group, The Turtles, and the class of plaintiffs they represented in a copyright infringement class action against broadcaster Sirius XM. The lawsuit sought payment to plaintiffs for royalties for songs recorded before 1972 that were played by Sirius XM. In November 2016, the class settled with Sirius XM for an amount valued at up to $99 million. This case was covered by The New York Times, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter and Law360. Read more about that case here.
Ms. Black is not deterred by any opponent, no matter how formidable. In In re: Queen's University at Kingston et al, Black and a team of Susman Godfrey attorneys represent Queens University in a patent battle against multinational conglomerate Samsung, where the team won a first of its kind recognition of patent agent privilege from the Federal Circuit. In March 2017, Ms. Black and her team from this case won an Editor's Choice Award from Managing IP for their efforts on this case. Read more here.
It is not surprising that the legal community has taken note of Ms. Black. In 2015 and 2016, Black was recognized as one of the “Top 50 Washington Women Super Lawyers”. Ms. Black has also been named a "Washington Super Lawyer" every year from 2012 through 2016 by Washington Law & Politics Magazine (Thomson Reuters).
In January 2012, Ms. Black was elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.
Ms. Black is also a powerful advocate for women and diversity in the legal profession. In 2006, Ms. Black founded the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle, a specialty bar organization recognized by the Washington State Bar Association. This organization has paved the way for several related groups around the country.