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Rachel Raphael


Rachel Raphael is a counsel at Crowell & Moring, where she is a member of the firm's Mass Tort, Product and Consumer Litigation and Product Risk Management Groups. Rachel has significant experience litigating commercial disputes on behalf of clients in a wide range of industries. Her practice focuses on a broad spectrum of complex commercial, consumer, and retail litigation, including defending class actions and multi-district litigation.

Rachel advises clients on a range of consumer protection issues with a particular focus on consumer product safety and regulatory compliance. In this role, she helps clients identify and analyze risks associated with new and existing ventures or products; and navigate consumer complaints about the products they manufacture, import, distribute, and sell. Rachel also represents clients in response to inquiries from and enforcement actions by State Attorneys General, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and other regulators throughout the globe.

Rachel brings strong case and project management talent to her matters. Clients appreciate her proactive, analytical approach to day-to-day tasks such as drafting litigation-related materials and conducting discovery. Rachel’s courtroom experience includes having appeared before federal and state court judges and arbitration tribunals for arguments, hearings, and pre-trial conferences. She has also contributed to extensive thought leadership, focused most recently on the correlation between product recalls and class action lawsuits, and the product liability implications of internet-connected devices.

Rachel also has an active pro bono practice. She has represented clients in pursuit of asylum and special immigrant juvenile status. Rachel has also assisted federal inmates in proceedings before the U.S. Parole Commission and a client in the defense of criminal charges brought in Maryland state court.

Prior to focusing on mass tort, product, and consumer litigation, Rachel spent several years litigating and arbitrating insurance coverage and reinsurance disputes. She was ranked in Legal 500 as a Rising Star in Insurance: Advice to Insurers. Rachel also worked as a financial analyst in the restructuring group of Houlihan Lokey, a global investment bank. Rachel uses her insurance and reinsurance experience to add value to her current clients, and she is able to leverage her finance background to build complex valuation models for clients to assess litigation risk and settlement opportunities.


  • University of Virginia, B.S. finance (2007) high honors
  • Harvard Law School, J.D. (2013)


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Virginia

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"Litigation Recall Report: Daily Harvest Sued After Recall of French Lentil + Leek Crumbles," Crowell & Moring’s Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (August 10, 2022). Authors: Rachel Raphael and Lily Ting Hsu.
"Recall Litigation Report: J.M. Smucker Co. Faces Class Action Suits Following Jif Peanut Butter Recall," Crowell & Moring’s Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (July 19, 2022). Authors: Rachel Raphael and Lily Ting Hsu.
"Recall Litigation Report: 2022 Mid-Year Recap," Lexology (July 19, 2022). Authors: Lily Hsu and Rachel Raphael.
"Recall Litigation Report: Consumers Bring Class Action Lawsuit Against Ellume Refusing to Refund Recalled COVID-19 Home Tests," Crowell & Moring’s Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (April 11, 2022). Authors: Rachel Raphael and Jessica D. Gilbert.
"Recall Litigation Report: Exactech Joint Replacement Products," Crowell & Moring’s Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (April 7, 2022). Authors: Rachel Raphael and Julia Carbonetti.
"Philips Faces Supplier Class Action Following CPAP/BiPAP Recall," Lexology (March 22, 2022). Authors: Rachel Raphael and Lily Ting Hsu.
"Recall Litigation Report: E25Bio Inc. COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests," Lexology (February 25, 2022). Authors: Rachel Raphael and Lily Ting Hsu.
GM Gets Most Claims Clipped In Oil-Guzzling Engine Suit Law360 (January 28, 2022)
Press Coverage
"Key 2021 Cases On Standing In Product Defect Class Actions," Law360 (January 6, 2022). Authors: April Nelson Ross, Rachel Raphael, and Eryn Howington.
"Recall Litigation Report: Year in Review (2021)," Lexology (January 3, 2022). Authors: Rachel Raphael, Jessica D. Gilbert and Lily Ting Hsu.

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