What Makes Rachel Deliberately Different
Everyone deserves to have their story told. Rachel relies upon this philosophy to defend companies — among them some of the world’s leading manufacturers — against claims involving complex litigation, product liability and catastrophic personal injury. Corporate clients often face societal challenges when defending themselves against frivolous litigation, and Ms. Reynolds takes pride in telling jurors who her clients are and why their story matters.Ms. Reynolds has successfully tried more than 20 cases to verdict in Washington and California state courts, including several complete defense verdicts. She prides herself on providing creative solutions to legal challenges and outwitting her adversaries. Having grown up in a small town and then traveling the world as a member of the U.S. Army, Ms. Reynolds is uniquely able to connect with people from all walks of life. This skill serves her well when persuading jurors, deposing witnesses or managing all aspects of complex litigation.
Rachel Tallon Reynolds is a trial attorney who defends companies against claims involving complex litigation, product liability, and catastrophic personal injuries involving automobiles, appliances, energy and chemical products, and medical equipment. She is particularly skilled at parachuting into cases and preparing them for resolution and trial.
Ms. Reynolds began her career as a Deputy District Attorney for one of the largest counties in the United States, where she was named a “Prosecutor of the Year.” She has represented clients in appeals in state court and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Ms. Reynolds is a member of Sedgwick’s Women’s Forum Board and serves as Co-editor of the newsletter, Women Connect. She also serves on Sedgwick’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee.
Ms. Reynolds served as an Arabic Translator/Electronic Warfare Operator in the United States Army Intelligence Corps. While in the military, Ms. Reynolds graduated with honors from the esteemed Defense Language Institute Arabic program, and graduated first in her class from the United States Army Intelligence School. Having earned numerous military decorations while serving in Operation Desert Thunder in Kuwait and Eastern Action in Qatar, she is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
- Plaintiff v. Municipality (July 2016) — Obtained favorable settlement after one week of trial in a contentious matter arising out of a bicycle accident that rendered plaintiff quadriplegic.
- Plaintiff v. Chemical Manufacturer (June 2014) — Sedgwick successfully defended one of the world leaders in industrial fluids in a case wherein plaintiff alleged that his Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) was caused by benzene in client’s products. After creatively deploying discovery devices, Sedgwick negotiated a tolling agreement that led to a no-cost dismissal.
- Plaintiffs v. Personal Watercraft Distributor (June 2013) — Received a unanimous defense verdict after four hours of deliberations, following a two-week trial involving two adult brothers who were allegedly injured when a personal watercraft exploded. Plaintiffs, both military veterans, claimed that the personal watercraft had various design and warnings defects and that the they suffered from various muscular and skeletal injuries, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder. One brother also sustained a partial finger amputation.
- Plaintiffs v. Pharmaceutical Device Manufacturer (June 2012) — Part of team that associated into an ongoing medical malpractice/product liability case involving a premature infant’s serious personal injuries two months before trial. Drafted and argued a successful motion for protective order that changed the dynamic of the litigation, resulting in a favorable settlement for client, who paid a fraction of what other similarly situated defendants paid to resolve the case.
- Plaintiff v. International Shipping Company (February 2011) — Served as assistant trial counsel for one of the largest shipping companies in the world. The personal injury claim arose out of a dramatic collision with two semi-trucks that occurred on Interstate 5 in January 2009. The plaintiff alleged that he suffered permanent brain injury, memory loss and cognitive dysfunction, as well as a multitude of physical injuries. The plaintiff incurred over $500,000 in medical special damages and claimed millions of dollars in non-economic loss. The jury returned a defense verdict on the question of causation.
Representative Presentations and Publications
- Speaker, ACI’s Asbestos Claims and Litigation Conference 2016, “Generation Why? Millennial Jurors and the Navy Case.”
- Speaker, PSAA 2016 Claims Olympiad, “Social Media in Litigation.”
- Panelist, ACI’s 2nd Annual Forum on Women Leaders in Environmental & Energy Law, November 9-10, 2015.
- “NY High Court Cuts Middle Path For Medical Disclosure,”Law360, August 6, 2014.
- “Pushback Against Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Abuse May Grow,” Law360, June 5, 2014.
- “A ‘George Costanza’ Approach to Asbestos Trust Disclosure,” Bloomberg BNA’s Product Safety & Liability Reporter, May 27, 2013.
- “Saga Of The Spit Burger And Wash.’s Product Liability Act,” Law360, May 31, 2013.
- “Too Many Riches: Employment Class and Collective Actions, republication with addendum on Ninth Circuit Certification Decision, Proceedings of the New York University Conference on Labor & Employment,” ― 56th ed., 2009.
- “Expert Witnesses,” National Business Institute, March 21, 2014.
- “Winning Your Case in Jury Selection,” WDTL Defense Practice Academy, December 10, 2013.
- “Medicare Set-Asides Allocations, Approvals and Administration,” Medicare Set-Asides in Personal Injury Litigation, National Business Institute, August 26, 2011.
- U.S. District Court (C.D. Cal.)
- U.S. District Court (D. Ore.)
- U.S. District Court (E.D. Wash.)
- U.S. District Court (W.D. Wash.)
- U.S. Supreme Court
- J.D. (2005) Chapman University School of Law, cum laude
- B.A. (2001) Claremont McKenna College (International Relations)
- Seattle Met magazine’s “Top Women Attorneys in Washington State” list — 2013-2015
- Washington SuperLawyers “Rising Star” ― 2013-2016
Memberships and Affiliations
- Washington Defense Trial Lawyers ― Executive Board Member
- Washington Women Lawyers ― former board of trustees
- Washington State Bar Association Board of Bar Examiners and Adjunct Disciplinary Counsel Panel
- Bellevue Youth Court ― attorney mentor
- American Bar Foundation Fellow
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society Volunteer
- American Bar Association/TIPS Leadership Academy