Rachel Rutter is an experienced trial attorney who has represented both employees and employers in high stakes litigation stemming from contract disputes, discrimination claims, and other employment matters. In addition to litigating on behalf of clients, Rachel has experience drafting and negotiating non-compete agreements, severance agreements, and other employment related covenants. She has represented dozens of clients before licensing, credentialing, administrative and regulatory boards. She began her legal career at a small litigation firm where she gained invaluable experience in employment law by representing plaintiffs in legal disputes against their employers.
Rachel has achieved several positive verdicts on behalf of her clients, with one of them remaining the most substantial racial discrimination verdict in Missouri’s history. Her extensive courtroom and trial expertise provide her clients with invaluable insight and a competitive edge. Besides her proficiency in litigating numerous cases to verdict, she also excels in offering guidance to clients on various employment matters, including addressing day-to-day employment inquiries and resolving issues or disputes before litigation arises.
While prioritizing early resolutions for her clients, Rachel remains unwavering in her commitment to taking cases to trial when necessary. She fully comprehends the stress and risks associated with litigation and consistently endeavors to achieve the most favorable outcomes for her clients.
Rachel earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Spanish from William Woods University (MO) in 2013 and graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (“UMKC”) School of Law in 2016. While in law school, Rachel was a member of both the UMKC law review and UMKC’s nationally-ranked competition mock trial team. Originally from the Kansas City, MO area, Rachel married a native Austinite and was very shortly thereafter convinced to relocate to Austin. As the saying goes, she wasn’t born here, but she got here as quick as she could. When she’s not working, you can find Rachel spending time with her wife and daughter, enjoying one of the many local Austin restaurants, spending time outdoors, or watching the Kansas City Chiefs.
Professional Licenses, Memberships, Honors and Awards
- State Bar of Texas
- State Bar of Missouri
- State Bar of Kansas
- U.S. District Court Western and Eastern Districts of Missouri
- U.S. District Court of Kansas
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
- Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Austin Young Lawyers Association
- Austin Bar Association
- National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
- Texas Employment Lawyers Association (TELA)
- Missouri Bar Association-Most Influential Lawyer Award Recipient (2022)
- Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, William Woods University, Fulton, MO
- Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law