Rachel H. Jennings
Rachel Jennings joined Ropes & Gray in 2018 as an associate in the litigation and enforcement practice group. She represents clients in complex civil and criminal litigation and enforcement matters, including appeals, client counseling, and internal investigations.
She has represented clients in agency proceedings, state courts, and federal courts at every level, including the U.S. Supreme Court, in criminal, bankruptcy, antitrust, immigration, healthcare, and other matters. She has also advised clients on transactions involving religious and anti-discrimination considerations, trade secret enforcement, and management of cross-border investigations. Rachel also maintains an active pro bono practice focused on representing clients in criminal and immigration appeals.
Before joining the firm, Rachel clerked for the Honorable Henry F. Floyd for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She also assisted the special counsel to the Senate Democrats for the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh, and was a 2017 Law Fellow for the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.
Before law school, Rachel taught middle, secondary, and adult education in North Carolina, Germany, and Japan, including social studies, English/language arts, and mathematics courses. She has also worked and volunteered extensively with organizations dedicated to supporting military families.
- Represented debtor in U.S. Supreme Court case Mission Product Holdings, Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC, with significant implications for licensees under trademark license agreements when a licensor files a bankruptcy petition.
- Represents clients in investigations brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission, including representing lawyer of multinational online company alleged to have improperly bribed foreign government officials.
- Represents biotechnology company in federal lawsuit relating to patent settlement and license agreement where appeal is pending before Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court under certified questions.
- Counsels a public entity on the litigation risks involving religion and anti-discrimination laws from its affiliations with religious health care organizations.
- Represents hospitals in federal district court litigation and agency proceedings asserting various legal claims related to Medicare reimbursements.
- Represents global pharmaceutical company in litigation in the Northern District of California asserting claims under the Lanham Act against competitors’ false and misleading marketing of its drug products.
- Represented death row inmate in his expedited Eighth Amendment challenge to Alabama’s lethal injection protocol which involved filings and petitions in the U.S. Supreme Court, Eleventh Circuit, and federal district court, and assisted in taking and defending a trial deposition of an expert witness.
- Represents multiple clients seeking asylum, including co-authoring appellate briefs submitted to the Ninth Circuit.
- Represents clients on appeal before the Eleventh Circuit addressing various criminal and civil claims, including a representation that secured reversal of adverse summary judgment decision in opinion that abrogated precedent and set a new standard for inmate claims of sexual assault.
- Counsels clients on various enforcement and antitrust matters, including presenting comprehensive training regarding cross-border investigations to executives of global pharmaceutical company.
- JD, High Honors, University of North Carolina School of Law, 2017; Order of the Coif, James E. & Carolyn B. Davis Society; Articles Editor, North Carolina Law Review
- MA (Teaching), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008
- BA (Political Science), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007; North Carolina Teaching Fellow