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Rachel Roosth is a disputes lawyer based in Houston. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration. Since joining the firm, she has advised clients on transactions, conducted litigation risk analyses, and represented clients in pre-suit disputes, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. She has represented clients in state court, federal court, mediation, and arbitration. Her practice encompasses a wide range of matters involving contract, construction, insurance, employment, fiduciary, and securities law. Her clients include individuals and companies from the healthcare, insurance, energy, construction, oilfield services, and financial services industries.
Rachel has advised clients on the formation, modification, and termination of their business relationships. She has advised on employment and severance agreements for highly-paid professionals. She has defended and prosecuted a variety of claims related to corporate governance and executive employment, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and oppression of minority interest holders.
Rachel focuses on understanding and attaining the client's objective, whether the objective is to avoid litigation, obtain a favorable settlement, vindicate the client's rights before a tribunal, or resolve a dispute through a mutually-beneficial business solution.
JD, Harvard Law School, 2010
BA, magna cum laude, Political Science, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2006
While in law school, Rachel was the HL Central Director of Sponsor Relations, a student attorney in the Harvard Capital Punishment Clinic, a supervising student attorney in the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project, and a subciter for the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology and the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Rachel also conducted extensive research on collateral consequences of conviction in Vermont for a member of the Uniform Law Commission.
While at the University of Missouri, she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, the University of Missouri Honors College, and the Civic Leaders Internship Program (CLIP). Through CLIP, Rachel completed internships with the Missouri House of Representatives and the Boone County Public Defender's Office. Rachel also volunteered as a tutor for elementary school students at Centro Latino, a non-profit organization serving the Hispanic community in Columbia, Missouri.
Rachel studied Argentine history and Spanish at the Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina during the summer of 2006.
Rachel is admitted to practice law in the state courts of Texas, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
- Texas State Bar
- Defended oilfield services company against $100 million claim for breach of earnout agreement and obtained award from arbitration panel that opposing parties take nothing on their claims.
- Obtained dismissal of securities litigation case in which plaintiff sought $400 million in damages for class members.
- Obtained arbitration award in favor of plaintiff LLC member who was removed from LLC and deprived of membership distributions by remaining members.
- Obtained early nonsuit of claims for discrimination and workers' compensation retaliation, saving substantial fees and expenses for client.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of subcontractor after independent investigation revealed statutory bar to all of general contractor's claims.
- Represented general contractor of condominium hotel against claims alleging over $30 million in construction defects.
- Represented international real estate development company in prosecuting claims against participants in a kickback scheme.
- Advised clients on risks and opportunities related to pollution, climate change, and autonomous vehicles.
- Texas Rising Star, business litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2015-2019
- Pro Bono College, State Bar of Texas, 2011
- Autonomous Vehicles: "Pedal to the metal or slamming on the brakes?" Worldwide regulation of autonomous vehicles (September 14, 2018)
- Co-author of United States Insurance Section
- Autonomous Vehicles: The Legal Landscape of Dedicated Short Range Communication in the US, UK, and Germany (July 12, 2017)
- Co-author of United States Insurance Section
- Harris County Bench Book
- Editor in Chief, 2013 edition
- Contributing Editor, 2012 edition
- "Autonomous Vehicles: Legal Ramifications for the Insurance Industry," Continuing Legal Education Course, March 2018
- "Protecting Your Company's Attorney-Client Communications," Continuing Legal Education Course, April 2017, June 2017, September 2017
- "Lessons Learned in Palms Place v. KGA, et al.," Continuing Legal Education Course, June 2016
- "Attorney-Client Privilege: What In-House Counsel Needs to Know," Continuing Legal Education Course, March 2015, May 2015
- "Tesco v. Weatherford, et al.: A Case Study in Ethics and Sanctions," Continuing Legal Education Course, February 2015
- "Attorney-Client Privilege: Issues Involving Corporate Counsel," Continuing Legal Education Course, February 2011
- Houston Young Lawyers Association
- Houston Young Lawyers Foundation Fellow
- Houston Bar Association
- Texas Bar Foundation Fellow
- Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP Houston Office Clerkship Committee, Member (2013 - 2016), Chair (2015 - 2016)
- Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP Pride Network, Member
- Co-Chair of AVDA's End Abuse Awareness Breakfast (2018, 2019)
- Volunteer for the Constitution Project (November 2016)
- Assisted with the review of Oklahoma's historical implementation of the death penalty for the benefit of the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission
- Volunteer for Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program (HVLP)
- Represented individuals in complex divorce proceedings on a pro bono basis
- Volunteered at multiple legal advice clinics, including veterans' clinics
- Volunteered at George Bush Intercontinental Airport to provide legal advice to individuals with travel and immigration concerns
- Volunteer for Houston Bar Association Legal Lines
- Volunteer for TexasLawHelp.org
- Participant in the City of Houston Municipal Court Attorney Loan Program (2014)
- Prosecuted class C misdemeanors in Houston municipal court as part of the attorney loan program
- Represented petitioner in pro bono case filed pursuant to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction