Raechel Kummer focuses her practice on complex commercial and class action litigation and high-stakes governmental and internal investigations. Raechel has argued as lead counsel in the US Court of Appeals for the Third, Seventh, Ninth, Eleventh, and DC Circuits, and served as lead counsel in bid protest litigation in the US Court of Federal Claims and in multiple jury trials. Raechel has defended against congressional and other governmental investigations into technology firms, the music industry, consumer products companies, and major financial institutions.
Raechel regularly prepares senior executives to testify in depositions, at trial, and before Congress. She has deposed the head of a federal agency. She assists clients in strategic planning and the resolution of significant disputes before they go to litigation. Raechel also conducts confidential internal investigations for major institutions.
Raechel represents technology and mobility companies, retail and ecommerce companies, energy companies, and companies in the construction industry in high-exposure lawsuits involving contract and fraud claims, regulatory challenges, privacy claims, high-value tax issues, bankruptcy, copyright infringement, and white collar matters.
Raechel serves as general counsel for a prominent Washington-based trade association. She is an active member of the firm’s crisis management practice.
As lead counsel for a construction industry corporation, resolved a $150 million demand for $0 against claims of Lanham Act false advertising and negligence
Lead counsel in high-value commercial prime/subcontractor disputes stemming from government contracts
Lead counsel for a telecommunications company in Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act litigation
Lead counsel for an ecommerce company obtaining denial of certiorari in arbitrability appeal before the US Supreme Court
Lead counsel for the Internet Society as amicus curiae in significant Section 230 immunity appeal before the US Supreme Court
Lead congressional counsel in high-profile and confidential congressional investigations, including investigations by the Senate Judiciary Committee; Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; and Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
Counsel for airline in class action litigation with RICO and antitrust claims; obtained dismissal with prejudice
Counsel for ecommerce and technology companies in significant biometric privacy litigation
Lead counsel in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in a Section 1983 action establishing a constitutional principle on behalf of the hearing impaired
Lead counsel for a nonprofit agency providing employment for individuals with differing abilities through the US AbilityOne Program in successful bid protest litigation before the US Court of Federal Claims
Lead counsel for the District of Columbia, successfully defending multiple DC Whistleblower Protection Act jury trials
Counsel for multinational corporations in significant tax matters before the US Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuits
Counsel for an automobile manufacturer in commercial and labor litigation
Counsel for a technology/telecommunications company in administrative proceedings and federal court appeals
Counsel for a media corporation in successful defense of defamation action
Yale Law School, 2008, J.D.
The University of Georgia, 2005, M.A.
The University of Georgia, 2005, B.A.
District of Columbia
Supreme Court of the United States
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
US Court of Federal Claims
US District Court for the District of Maryland
US District Court for the District of Columbia
US District Court for the Central District of Illinois
Clerkship to Judge Charles R. Wilson of the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (2008 - 2009)
Awards and Affiliations
DC Bar Association
Benjamin N. Cardozo Prize for Best Moot Court Brief, Yale Law School (2008)