Workers’ rights are personal to Rachel Morowitz, who joined Keller Rohrback’s Complex Litigation team in August 2017.
The Bay Area native’s father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) when she was 10 years old and her brother was diagnosed with brain cancer when she was in second grade. Though Rachel’s family didn’t have to worry about access to health care, her family’s health issues made her more empathetic to families that do.
During law school, Rachel sought out opportunities that would make her a better advocate for workers and retirees. Before joining Keller Rohrback, she completed a fellowship with the AARP where she specialized in employee benefits law and worked on amicus briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit and Ninth Circuit. For two years, she worked at the Communications Workers of America, a telecommunications union, where she focused on traditional labor law and labor-management relations. She also interned at the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Supreme Court.
Rachel is a “watchdog” for workers and consumers. She wants to ensure that employers are using best practices when it comes to retirement and health-care benefits.
“I really like doing puzzles. Logic games. I think of the law as puzzle pieces. You’re given your facts, given your law and you basically have to get all the pieces to fit together in a way that completes the puzzle for your client,” she said.
At Keller Rohrback, Rachel will try to find answers for clients by focusing on cases involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), which governs private sector employee retirement and health plans.
Bar and Court Admissions
2016, District of Columbia
University of California, Davis – B.A., 2013, International Relations
The George Washington University Law School – J.D., 2016
Professional & Civic Involvement
Asian Bar Association of Washington, Member (2016)
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Member (2016)
Federal Circuit Bar Journal, Senior Staff Member (2014-2016)
Labor and Employment Law Society, Member (2015-2016)
Honors & Awards
ABA-Bloomberg BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law
Dean’s List, University of California, Davis
Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
Davis Honors Challenge Program
Articles & Presentations
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