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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 has helped clients in the healthcare, nonprofit, food, cosmetics, technology and life sciences industries navigate regulatory investigations, electronic discovery, administrative litigation, class actions, depositions, arbitration and appeal. She practices the gambit of business litigation with a proclivity for state and local tax controversies, government investigations and administrative appeals.

Rachel is experienced at managing electronic discovery, having led E-Discovery committees for several complex cases involving Fortune 500 pharmaceutical, cosmetic and biotechnology companies. She helped successfully compel in camera inspection and production of hundreds of withheld documents in one complex medical device litigation, and she has helped negotiate several ESI protocols and protective orders from both plaintiff and defense perspectives. Rachel has argued before the Missouri Court of Appeals and briefed arguments before the Missouri Supreme Court.

Prior to joining the Firm, Rachel litigated complex pharmaceutical and environmental multi-district litigations (MDLs) for a leading plaintiff's firm. Before attending law school, she studied technical writing and worked as a writing consultant for Missouri State University's Center for Learning and Writing. In law school, faculty selected her to serve as a teaching assistant to students in Legal Research and Writing and Moot Court courses.

Rachel has since written a number of articles for various print and digital publications. Rachel currently serves as a Contributing Editor for Litigation News, a flagship publication of the American Bar Association'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 in the U.S. and worldwide.

In her spare time, Rachel manages social media for BARx Adaptive Training, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing adaptive athletes with a fully accessible facility and fitness programming at no cost to the athlete. She also volunteers as a pro bono attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, court-appointed civil rights cases and Legal Services of Eastern Missouri's Community Economic Development, Adopt-A-Neighborhood and Volunteer Lawyers programs. She also helps nonprofits gain and maintain tax-exempt status and resolve board governance issues through the Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts.

Thompson Coburn Publications

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

Blogs

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

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