Rachel Raphael

Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.688.3506
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

Rachel Raphael is a counsel at Crowell & Moring, where she is a member of the firm's Mass Tort, Product and Consumer Litigation Group. Rachel has significant experience litigating commercial disputes on behalf of clients in a wide range of industries. Her practice focuses on a broad spectrum of complex commercial, consumer, and retail litigation, including defending class actions and multi-district litigation.

Rachel also advises clients on a range of consumer protection issues with particular focus on consumer product safety and regulatory compliance. Rachel represents clients before the Consumer Product Safety Commission and other regulators throughout the globe, and she works with them to identify and analyze potential legal risks associated with new ventures or new products.

Rachel brings strong case and project management talent to her matters. Clients appreciate her proactive, analytical approach to day-to-day tasks such as drafting litigation-related materials, and conducting discovery. Her supervisory skills extend from associates to paralegals, as well as to outside experts, consultants, and vendors. Rachel’s courtroom experience includes having appeared before federal and state court judges and arbitration tribunals for arguments, hearings, and pre-trial conferences. She has also contributed to extensive thought leadership, focused most recently on the product liability implications of internet-connected devices.

Rachel also has an active pro bono practice. She has represented clients in pursuit of asylum and special immigrant juvenile status. Rachel has also assisted federal inmates in proceedings before the U.S. Parole Commission and a client in the defense of criminal charges brought in Maryland state court.

Prior to focusing on mass tort, product, and consumer litigation, Rachel spent several years litigating and arbitrating insurance coverage and reinsurance disputes. She was ranked in Legal 500 as a Rising Star in Insurance: Advice to Insurers. Rachel also worked as a financial analyst in the restructuring group of Houlihan Lokey, a global investment bank. Rachel uses her insurance and reinsurance experience to add value to her current clients and she is able to leverage her finance background to build complex valuation models for clients to assess litigation risk and settlement opportunities.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Virginia

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Speeches & Presentations

  • "Insureds Breaking Bad: Coverage for Narcotics-Related Claims and the Blurred Line Between What is Legal and What is Covered," 2020 ICLC CLE Conference, Tuscon, AZ (March 6, 2020). Presenter: Rachel Raphael.
  • "The Internet of (Hackable) Things (IoT): Liability and Insurance for Smart Technology," 2019 Section of Litigation & Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division CLE Conference, New York, NY (May 2, 2019). Panelist: Rachel Raphael.
  • "Rapid Fire Case Presentation Redux," ARIAS US 2018 Spring Conference (May 2018). Presenter: Rachel P. Raphael.
  • "Insurance Coverage for Data Breaches and Privacy Violations," Webinar (November 14, 2017). Presenters: Ellen MacDonald Farrell and Rachel Raphael.
  • "Insurance Coverage for Data Breaches and Privacy Violations," Clear Law Institute Webinar (January 24, 2017). Speakers: Ellen MacDonald Farrell and Rachel P. Raphael.
  • "Coverage for 'Cyber' Risks – The Emerging Body of Case Law," ARIAS·U.S. Webinar (September 27, 2016). Speakers: Ellen MacDonald Farrell and Rachel P. Raphael.
  • "Mergers & Acquisitions - Special Considerations Involving Government Contracts," Federal Publications Seminars (March 18, 2014). Presenters: Peter Eyre, Karen C. Hermann, and Rachel Raphael.


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Jan.09.2015 Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group Named to Law360's "Practice Groups of the Year" for Fifth Consecutive Year