AREA OF PRACTICE

White Collar Defense & Government Investigations

Biography

Rachel Wolkinson is a partner in the White Collar Defense and Government Investigations group.  She focuses on complex litigation matters, including securities litigation and investigations, shareholder class actions and derivative litigation and civil enforcement proceedings. She also has represented companies in anti-corruption investigations due diligence and has advised companies on the development of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Office of Foreign Assets Control compliance programs.

Rachel represents clients in many different industries, including financial institutions, and energy and technology companies. In addition, Rachel has represented many clients pro bono in the areas of Social Security disability benefits, asylum and family custody disputes. While at law school, Rachel was a summer intern for the late Judge David G. Trager of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Representation

Representing a company under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for fraud in connection with the resolution of several defaulting mortgages.

Representing a leading foreign meat processor in a class action lawsuit stemming from allegations of securities fraud.

Representing a worldwide distributor of medical supplies in a class action and Section 220 demand request stemming from securities fraud allegations.

Represented an investment adviser and several individuals under multi-year investigation by the SEC for producing misleading valuations of its business development company’s investments and shifting its own expenses onto its investors. Administrative Order made no scienter-based fraud charges and charged no individuals.

Represented an organization alleged to have aided and abetted war crimes and genocide.

Represented a defense contractor under investigation by the SEC for violating the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Represented an information technology company and reporting solely to its committee of independent directors formed to consider allegations made in shareholder derivative actions and shareholder demands regarding the company’s purchase of a UK company and subsequent multibillion-dollar write-down.

Represented a debt-buying company accused of fraudulently obtaining default judgments against consumers in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and New York General Business Law.

Represented a specialty finance company in defense of multiple class and derivative actions stemming from allegations of securities fraud.

Represented banks in their review of residential foreclosure actions regarding the banks’ mortgage servicing portfolios for loans.

Education

University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2006
Brandeis University, B.A., 2002, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Maryland
U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Publications
Co-author, “Managing Corporate Crises: A Brief Case Study,” The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, Volume 48, Issue 7, April 8, 2015
Co-author, “When the Camel’s Nose Gets Under the Tent: Fee-Shifting and Forum Selection in Delaware,” Insights: The Corporate and Securities Law Advisor, Volume 28, Number 7, July 2014
Co-author, The Corporate Governance Advisor, Volume 22, Number 5, September/October 2014, and "Multiple Representations: The SEC v. D&O Insurers," Bloomberg Law Reports, January 2012
Contributing Author, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Reporter, Wolters Kluwer Law and Business, 2011, and the treatise Shareholder Derivative Litigation: Besieging the Board, Law Journal Seminars-Press, 2006-2011 updates.
Professional Affiliations
American Bar Association, Consumer Financial Services Committee
National Women’s Law Center, Leadership Advisory Committee 2015-2017
Maryland Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
Awards and Honors
Washington DC Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" 2015-2017
2015 Volunteer of the Year for Child Advocacy, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
DC Bar’s Pro Bono Honor Roll for 2015 with "High Honors"
Community Involvement
Board Member, Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah, Potomac, MD