Rachael L. Lopez

Associate

Rachael focuses her practice in the areas of litigation and plaintiff’s personal injury and wrongful death.

Rachael earned her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law in 2020. After her second year of law school, Rachael was a summer associate at Gallagher & Kennedy, where she was able to acquaint herself with many aspects of the firm’s practice including researching and drafting demand letters, pleadings, and memoranda concerning plaintiff’s personal injury, products liability, negligence, commercial litigation, and employment litigation. She participated in client-counseling meetings, mediation settlements, depositions, and federal and state court hearings. See Rachael’s full profile on our main website.

During law school, Rachael served as an extern for the Honorable Jennifer G. Zipps at the United States District Court of Arizona, where she learned what judges value the most from behind-the-scenes, which she has applied to her own practice. She served as a member of the ABA National Moot Court Team, where she gained valuable oral argument skills in appellate advocacy. Rachael served as a Writing Fellow for the Director of Legal Writing and as a Teaching Assistant for both the law school’s civil procedure course and the undergraduate school’s course on the Supreme Court. Rachael served as the Senior Managing Editor of Arizona Law Review, where she built relationships with renowned legal scholars and helped oversee the journal’s publication process. Rachael was the first female president of the Sports & Entertainment Law Society, and she served as the Secretary and a member of the Latino Law Student Association.

Rachael received a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Business Management from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University in 2015 where she was a Dean’s List Scholar.

Rachael received the following honors/awards in law school:

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Civil Procedure and Innovation for Justice
  • 2020 Arizona Law Review Best 3L Editor
  • 2020 Hawkins Professionalism Award
  • 2020 Ralph W. Aigler Memorial Award
  • 2019 Arizona Law Review Snell & Wilmer Best 2L Note
  • 2019 Samuel M. Fegtly Moot Court Competition Honorable Mention Brief Writing & Award for Excellence in Oral Argument

She was a member of the Women’s Varsity Volleyball Team at Loyola University in New Orleans. Rachael later worked with the National Football League Players Association, the labor union for the National Football League. Her background in athletics provided Rachael with a strong work ethic and a foundation to litigate with drive, determination, and discipline.

She managed a local restaurant in Phoenix, which gives her valuable insight into the local community and a sincere understanding of people, which she uses to engage with clients in various walks of life.

Other

Rachael was a Junior Olympian before she played on the Women’s Varsity Volleyball Team at Loyola University in New Orleans. She has a passion for art through photography and painting. Rachael enjoys international travel; she has visited Spain, France, England, and Mexico.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Arizona, 2020
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2020

Associations & Memberships

  • Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association, Member
  • The Latina Mentoring Project, Member

Community & Philanthropy

  • Relay for Life, Volunteer, 2012–2017
  • Dress for Success Phoenix, Volunteer, 2015
  • Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute, Volunteer, 2015
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Arizona (Balsz Elementary School), Volunteer Mentor, 2012–2013

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