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Rachel Horton represents corporations, individuals, and governmental entities at both the trial and appellate levels. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and defending against employment-related claims, including single-plaintiff matters and class actions arising under federal discrimination statutes and the Fair Labor Standards Act. She also maintains an active civil rights practice in which she advocates on behalf of pro bono clients.

Ms. Horton has argued in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and has drafted and argued numerous motions in state and federal courts. She has taken and defended depositions of both individuals and corporate representatives. Ms. Horton also has experience managing large-scale document reviews and drafting briefs and pretrial filings in highly sophisticated cases. She clerked for the Honorable Legrome D. Davis, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the Honorable Richard C. Wesley, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. During her clerkships, Ms. Horton handled an array of matters, including consumer class actions, suits alleging copyright and trademark infringement, and criminal cases.

Ms. Horton graduated first in her law school class. During law school, she interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where she assisted in the government’s litigation of Federal Tort Claims Act and False Claims Act cases. She also served as an intern for the Honorable Louis H. Pollak, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 

Prior to practicing law, Ms. Horton worked as a molecular biologist in a breast cancer research lab at the University of Pennsylvania while simultaneously earning a Master of Bioethics degree.

Community & Pro Bono

  • Handled oral argument before the Third Circuit in a case that resulted in a unanimous, precedential opinion, which revived a client’s claim for excessive force.
  • Represented multiple individuals in federal district and appellate courts, including plaintiffs bringing civil rights claims and individuals seeking asylum.
  • Represented amicus curiae in the U.S. Supreme Court in a case related to First Amendment rights.
  • Member of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project’s Litigation Committee.

Education

  • Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, J.D., valedictorian, summa cum laude, 2013
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.B.E., 2011
  • Bryn Mawr College, A.B., Biology, magna cum laude, 2007

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Clerkships

  • Honorable Legrome D. Davis, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2013-2014
  • Honorable Richard C. Wesley, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2014-2015

Other Distinctions

  • Drexel Law Review, Lead Editor, 2012-2013

Representative Matters

  • Managed discovery, including large scale document review and production, and drafted pre-trial filings in a complex commercial dispute between long-time business partners that proceeded simultaneously in arbitration in Pennsylvania and federal court in Arkansas.
  • Successfully represented individuals and corporate entities who have brought claims for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duties.