Government Experience

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida—Judicial Law Clerk
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut—Judicial Law Clerk

Education

  • University of Michigan, B.A. (2013)
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D. (2016)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

Rachel A. Jankowski

Associate
rjankowski@crowell.com
+1.202.624.2647

Rachel A. Jankowski litigates cases in mass tort, bankruptcy, and complex commercial insurance spaces in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office. Her practice focuses on mass tort bankruptcy coverage disputes and commercial litigation. Rachel also has a strong appellate practice and has drafted dozens of amicus briefs for her clients for the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Circuit courts, and state supreme courts on a range of issues, including the First Amendment, public nuisance, opioids, COVID-19 business interruptions, and successor liability, which has helped create key precedents on these issues.

In mass tort bankruptcies, Rachel serves as counsel for several global insurers, including in the Boy Scouts of America, LTL Management (Johnson & Johnson), Diocese of Buffalo, Diocese of Rochester, Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, Imerys Talc America, and the Cyprus Mines bankruptcies. Rachel’s mass tort experience includes coverage issues resulting from asbestos and other toxic torts, sexual abuse, human trafficking, opioids, and defective products, including football helmets. She has also represented insurers in coverage litigation involving cyber issues.

Rachel has an active pro bono practice, where she devotes her time to helping Afghan refugees seek asylum in the United States and serving as guardian ad litem counsel on behalf of children involved in contentious custody disputes.

Before joining the firm, Rachel served as a law clerk for the Honorable Wendy W. Berger in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the Honorable James J. Tancredi in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut. Prior to her clerkships, Rachel worked as claims counsel for the country’s largest title insurance company, making coverage determinations for secured lenders and homeowners and defending the insurer against bad faith lawsuits.

While in law school, Rachel litigated cases in the Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic, including securing an acquittal for her client in a criminal assault trial. She also represented human trafficking survivors in the Human Trafficking Clinic. 

Rachel serves on the Programming Committee for the University of Michigan Alumni Association's D.C. Chapter and on the Federalist Society’s D.C. Young Lawyers Board.



Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia; Illinois; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar; and U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut.

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federalist Society
  • University of Michigan Alumni Association


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