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Rachel Harris

Associate

St. Louis
314 552 6473 direct

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, nonprofit, food, cosmetics, technology, life sciences, and other industries navigate government investigations, state and local tax issues, administrative appeals, regulatory compliance, and business disputes. She also guides complex electronic discovery, having led E-Discovery committees for cases involving Fortune 500 pharmaceutical, cosmetic and biotechnology companies.

Rachel has helped clients successfully respond to government health care investigations involving the False Claims Act, appeal $1 million in sales and use tax refunds, and resolve a multi-million dollar default judgment. She has argued before the Missouri Court of Appeals and briefed arguments before the Missouri Supreme Court. Before joining Thompson Coburn, Rachel worked as a writing consultant for Missouri State University's Center for Learning and Writing. She also litigated pharmaceutical and toxic tort mass actions with a leading plaintiff's firm. She combines these experiences to apply practical solutions to complex problems. Rachel graduated with honors from Saint Louis University School of Law, where she earned research, writing, moot court, and leadership honors.

Rachel currently serves as a Contributing Editor for Litigation News, a flagship publication of the ABA's Section of Litigation reaching over 60,000 members. She also serves as an Associate Editor for The Young Lawyer (TYL) and After the Bar, a print magazine and digital publication for the ABA's Young Lawyers Division that reaches approximately 110,000 readers worldwide.

Outside the Firm, Rachel is actively involved in the community. She volunteers with BARx Adaptive Training, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing adaptive athletes with fully accessible fitness training. She volunteers as a pro bono attorney for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, helping clients gain and maintain tax-exempt status, litigate landlord-tenant disputes, and resolve board governance issues. She has been listed in the Pro Bono Hall of Fame by the Missouri Bar.

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

Blogs

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'

Publications

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

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

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