Rachel Powitzky Steely is recognized as one of the foremost female trial lawyers in Texas specializing in employment and trade secret law. She was selected as one of Houston’s elite 100 lawyers and named in the top 20 female trial lawyers by Texas Lawyer Magazine, the only employment attorney to receive the honor.
Rachel has been selected as a Texas “Super Lawyer” for more than ten years in the specialty of employment litigation and has been recognized by Best Lawyers and Chambers.
She was named as Houston Business Journal’s Outstanding Business Leader in Professional Services and selected for Who’s Who in Energy.
She is a former student investigator for the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor and is Board Certified, Labor & Employment Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Rachel is an expert in the field of unfair competition litigation, including extensive experience representing clients in prosecuting and defending expedited proceedings seeking emergency injunctive relief related to non-competes, trade secret theft and embezzlement, which allows her to provide quick, strategic and efficient representation for companies and executives.
Rachel also has particular expertise in wage and hour litigation, and a wide variety of employment matters, including disability laws; discrimination, retaliation and harassment; executive agreements; OSHA and safety; terminations, hiring and layoffs, and, severance agreements.
She maintains an active trial docket while also providing the necessary preventative counseling to help clients avoid costly litigation.
- J.D., South Texas College of Law, (1994)
- Member, National Order of Barristers
- Member, The Order of Lytae
- Finalist, ABA Appellate Advocacy Competition (1994)
- Finalist, American Trial Lawyers Association Mock Trial Competition (1993)
- B.S., Texas A&M University, (1991)
- Texas State Courts (1994)
- Supreme Court of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Ninth Circuits
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