L. Rachel Lerman is a litigation partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Los Angeles office, and co-chairs the firm’s national Appeals and Critical Motions Practice Group. She focuses on appellate practice and trial strategy in complex civil cases, and regularly does pro bono work on behalf of refugees and non-profit organizations .
Ms. Lerman earned her B.A., cum laude, from Yale College, and her M.A. and M.F.A. from Syracuse University. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was an editor of the Berkeley Women’s Law Journal and a doctoral candidate in Jurisprudence & Social Policy. After law school, she clerked for the late Honorable T.G. Nelson, Judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Lerman is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Appellate Courts Committee. She is a Director of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, where she heads the committee responsible for creating a nationwide appellate specialist exam. She is Vice-President of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights, and frequently volunteers as a moot court judge in mock trial competitions.
Ms. Lerman is Chambers-ranked for appellate law. She received the ACLU’s First Amendment Award in 2012. At her former firm, she received the Pro Bono Partner of the Year in 2011 and the Partner Recognition Award for mentoring and leadership in 2006.