Rachel Collins Clarke focuses her practice on criminal defense and internal investigations. She has defended clients in complex litigation, including commercial litigation, white collar defense, and government investigations. Rachel has particular experience in the areas of international anti-corruption laws, export controls and sanctions, the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Act, the U.K. Bribery Act, and matters relating to competition and market manipulation.
Following her work as a litigation associate at an international law firm, Rachel served as an assistant district attorney at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. She prosecuted cases involving violent crimes, financial crimes, fraud and obstruction-related conduct, weapons offenses, and narcotics trafficking.
Among other successes, she first-chaired more than 100 trials to verdict, including numerous jury trials, litigated more than 150 motions, and trained and mentored incoming attorneys. Rachel earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
While in law school, she was a member of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, the vice president of the Criminal Law Association, a student attorney in Juvenile Justice Clinic, and a research assistant for the late Professor Healthcote Wales in recidivism analysis of mental health court. During this time, she also interned in the Washington D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Prior to attending law school, Rachel worked as a legislative aide in the Corporate Public Affairs Department of a Fortune 50 company. Rachel earned her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, where she was the founder of the Tutoring Achievement Program.
In addition to her investigative and trial experience, Rachel hones her skills working as a subrogation lawyer and has represented some of the largest insurers in the United States. Rachel also maintains an active pro bono practice that includes representation of indigent clients charged with felonies in the criminal courts.
- Represented a prominent political donor facing investigation by the FBI for potential campaign finance, bribery and FARA charges. No charges have been filed.
- Represented several executives at a publicly traded company that was subject to a wide-ranging investigation with potential criminal consequences. Executives have avoided criminal charges.
- Represented large private equity fund in contract dispute with former business partner. Case was resolved favorably through settlement.
- Conducted investigation into oil company’s compliance with U.S. sanctions levied against a foreign government and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
- Represents prisoner serving a life sentence in seeking to have his conviction overturned.
- Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2012
- College of William and Mary, B.A., 2008
BAR ADMISSIONS : Pennsylvania
- Philadelphia Bar Association
- Young Professionals Council, Chamber of Commerce
- Justice Rising Advocates, Community Legal Services
- Women’s White Collar Defense Association
- University of Pennsylvania, Inn of Court
- Fellow, Anti-Defamation League Glass Leadership Institute, 2016-2017
- Former Board Member, KIPP Charter Schools Young Friends Steering Committee
- Former Associate Member, Philadelphia Criminal Law Inn of Court
- Former Board Member, Baldwin Alumni Association Executive Board
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