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, and Eleventh Circuits and successfully served as lead counsel in bid protest litigation in the US Court of Federal Claims and in multiple jury trials. Additionally, Raechel successfully has defended 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 retail/ecommerce companies, energy companies, technology and mobility 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, an international industry exposition, and a foundation. Raechel is also an active member of the firm’s crisis management practice.
Lead counsel for corporation in the construction industry, resolving a $150 million demand in a case with Lanham Act false advertising and negligence claims for $0.
Lead congressional counsel in high-profile and confidential congressional investigations, including investigations by the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
Counsel for airline in class action litigation with RICO and antitrust claims, obtaining dismissal with prejudice.
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 automobile manufacturer in commercial and labor litigation.
Counsel for 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, Juris Doctor
The University of Georgia, 2005, Master of Arts
The University of Georgia, 2005, Bachelor of Arts
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 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
Judicial Clerk, Hon. Charles R. Wilson, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (2008–2009)
Benjamin N. Cardozo Prize for Best Moot Court Brief, Yale Law School (2008)
Development Editor, Yale Journal of International Law