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Rachel Harris


St. Louis
314 552 6473 direct

Rachel is a passionate representative of clients in a variety of business disputes, tax controversies and general governance matters.

Rachel represents clients in municipal, state and federal courts and before administrative and regulatory agencies. She has experience managing complex electronic discovery, having worked integrally on E-Discovery committees for several multidistrict litigations involving Fortune 500 pharmaceutical, environmental, cosmetic and biotechnology companies. Rachel has argued an employment dispute before the Missouri Court of Appeals and briefed a real estate dispute before the Missouri Supreme Court. Rachel is also experienced with navigating arbitration and mediation.

Rachel also helps clients form nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations under state corporate law, qualify for tax exempt status under 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, and apply for sales, use and property tax exemptions under local code. She helps clients preserve tax-exempt status by drafting governing documents, reviewing employment agreements, representing clients in tax controversies, and counseling clients on various board governance and compliance matters. Rachel represents client interests in resolving disputes with local taxing authorities and the Missouri Department of Revenue. She has also worked on cases navigating the complexities of the Internal Revenue Code as it relates to the federal gift tax and limited liability companies, S corporations and intra-family transactions.

Rachel volunteers with Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, as well as Legal Services of Eastern Missouri's Community Economic Development program. Through these organizations, Rachel provides free legal services to a variety of nonprofit organizations, helping them gain and keep tax-exempt status and resolve board governance issues. She is a member of Great Rivers Environmental Law Center's Young Professionals Board and has received a U.S. Presidential Service Award for her community service involvement.

Thompson Coburn Publications

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


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


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


Legal Structures for Entrepreneurs with Social Goals
Venture Cafe November 2018