Rachel Tobias

associate | seattle | LICENSED IN Washington, New York

Passionate advocacy; solution-oriented results

Rachel is a Seattle native who remembers a time when no one had ever heard of our glorious Emerald City. She has been advocating for the rights of individuals and businesses since 2003. Rachel regularly practices in Washington and New York trial courts and administrative tribunals, including tribal courts throughout Western Washington. With an empathic approach to conflict, Rachel enjoys working with clients and adversaries to develop solutions that address both the pecuniary and emotional aspects of each case.

Outside of work, Rachel’s hobbies include sewing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and dog. Rachel also serves as an advisor to several sustainable fashion nonprofit and public benefit corporations.

Education

  • Fordham University School of Law – LL.M. Fashion Law, magna cum laude, 2016
  • University of New Mexico School of Law – JD, cum laude, 2003
  • Fairhaven College, Western Washington University – BA, Law and Diversity, 1999

Bar / Court Admissions

  • Washington Bar, 2003
  • New York Bar, 2015
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2018

Recognition

  • Rachel received the pro bono publico commendation from the Washington Bar Association for the years 2011 through 2014

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Public Speaking:
  • United Nations: Panelist: Sustainable Fashion and SDGs: Different Contexts, Same Mission 2018
  • Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator: Office Hours for Members: Deciding on Your Company’s Legal Structure 2017
  • New York City Bar Association, Fashion Law Committee: Panelist: Sustainability, Corporate Responsibility and Philanthropy in the Fashion Industry 2016
  • Ossining Documentary & Discussion Series: Panelist post screening of The True Cost, a documentary about garment industry human rights abuses 2016
  • Volunteer Activities:
  • NYU/Restore NYC, ELab Entrepreneur Mentor 2019-Present
  • The New Fashion Initiative, Advisory Council Member 2018-Present
  • New York City Bar Association, Fashion Law Committee Member 2016-2020
  • Fashion Law Institute Pop-Up Legal Clinic, Attorney Volunteer 2016-2019
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates of King County, Volunteer Guardian ad Litem 2012-2015
  • King County Bar Association, Neighborhood Legal Clinics Attorney Volunteer 2008-2015
  • Washington State Bar Association, Civil Rights Committee Member 2003-2004
  • Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, Summer Intern 2001