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Rachel Harris

Associate

St. Louis
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Rachel combines the precision of a technical writer with the advocacy of a plaintiff's attorney to help clients tackle complex legal problems.

She helps clients in the healthcare, technology, financial services, life sciences, and other industries navigate government investigations, regulatory compliance, privacy issues, tax controversies, contract disputes, and complex commercial litigation.

She has helped clients successfully respond to government investigations involving the False Claims Act, comply with privacy regulations, appeal $1 million in sales and use tax refunds, and resolve multi-million dollar default judgments. She has also helped several nonprofit clients form legal entities, gain and maintain tax-exempt status, and resolve board governance issues.

Additionally, Rachel counsels clients on cybersecurity and privacy issues, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). She holds a CIPP/US certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She is also experienced at guiding complex electronic discovery, having led e-discovery committees for cases involving Fortune 500 pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and biotechnology companies.

Before joining Thompson Coburn, Rachel litigated pharmaceutical MDLs with a leading plaintiff's firm, drafted corporate documents for closely-held companies, and worked as a writing consultant at Missouri State University. She also built websites for small businesses and nonprofits, drawing on coding courses she took in college.

Rachel currently serves on the editorial boards for several flagship publications of the American Bar Association. She also serves as a pro bono attorney for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts.

Blogs

The evolving standing doctrine in privacy litigation - Ramirez and beyond

Connecticut enacts cybersecurity laws aimed at data breaches

Texas amends data breach notification law, creates public listing of data breaches

Colorado enacts consumer privacy law, becoming third state to do so

We’ve got ‘beef’: Plant-based meat maker appeals decision in favor of Oklahoma’s new labeling law

For state meat labeling laws, everybody wants the 'bacon'

Thompson Coburn Publications

Changes to Missouri discovery rules made official by Missouri Supreme Court

Nevada federal judge permits categorical privilege during discovery

What you need to know about Missouri’s updated discovery rules

Publications

State High Court Rejects Lawyer Retainer Arbitration Clause,
Litigation News, April 14, 2021

Lawyers Sanctioned for Ignoring Res Judicata,
Litigation News, October 12, 2020

Pro Bono 2.0: Reimagining Access to Justice in the Greater St. Louis Region,
St. Louis Bar Journal, April 2019

Presentations

Legal Structures for Entrepreneurs with Social Goals: Benefit Corporations, L3Cs, Nonprofit Organizations, and B-Corp Certification
Venture Cafe November 2018

TC's Tax Tidbits
Associated Industries of Missouri Tax, Manufacturing & Business Conference October 18, 2019