My goal is to provide representation to clients in the manner which I'd like to receive if I, or a family member, were sitting in the client chair. This means not rushing clients through meetings, taking the time to ensure clients get their questions answered completely, returning telephone calls, and keeping the client advised throughout the process. Moreover, it means providing ethical, reliable and thorough legal service, enabling the client to receive the best possible outcome.
In my 25 years as an attorney, I've had the tremendous opportunity to be a litigator on different sides of the aisle. This has provided me with an ability to see the relative strengths and weaknesses of cases, which can be difficult for those without such experience. This enables me not to be intimidated by blustering by opposing counsel, nor to make unintentional false promises to clients, due to blind spots in case analysis. My clients benefit from my experience, reputation, judgment and tenacity.
My varied experience includes having served Fresno County as a prosecutor for more than 10 years. While there, I developed a reputation for excellence, integrity, and grit. In the early to mid 1990's, after initially prosecuting misdemeanor and juvenile cases, I was assigned as the prosecutor in the cities of Selma and Coalinga. Thereafter, I prosecuted cases on various felony trial teams, including specialty fraud and domestic violence teams. I prosecuted armed robbery, burglary, auto theft, fraud, narcotics trafficking, serious assaults, terrorist threats, domestic violence and homicide cases, among others.
My strong desire for professional growth and equitable justice lead me to criminal defense. Since 2005, I’ve successfully defended clients in both state and federal courts. My balanced criminal law experience enabled me to serve as an adjunct law professor at the San Joaquin College of Law, and as an instructor at Fresno City College, teaching Constitutional Law and Legal Ethics, Criminal Law, and Juvenile Justice.
Today, I use my legal experience to represent people who are accused of crimes in California courts and in all Federal courts. I handle all types of criminal cases, including white collar crimes, drug crimes, crimes of violence, and other criminal matters. I also represent people who are being investigated for crimes but have not yet been charged with a crime.
For those persons who are charged with or convicted of a crime and who hold a professional license, such as physicians, attorneys, nurses, contractors and others, I also handle the administrative matters regarding licensing penalties.
Should you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being investigated for or charged with a crime, I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you about your matter.
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I've known Rachel for many years. She has a wealth of knowledge in the area of criminal defense. She was a DA for many years handling serious criminal matters. She also has years of experience working on the defense side as well. You couldn't ask for a more knowledge attorney to handle your case. She definitely has my endorsement.
Michael Mitchell Criminal Defense Attorney
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I have known Rachel for nearly all of my professional career, and I can unequivocally state that she is a very bright and articulate lawyer. She possesses the demeanor and character in court that every young lawyer should emulate. Should you be on the wrong end of the criminal justice system, you should seriously consider her for your representation. She gets the job done! I highly endorse this lawyer.
Terry Wapner DUI & DWI Attorney
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Thomas J. White Scholar||Notre Dame Law School||1988|
|Pindar Scholar||Notre Dame Law School||1987|
|Inductee||Sigma Beta Honor Society||1982|
|Attorney - Shareholder||Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation||2015 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor||San Joaquin College Of Law||2012 - 2015|
|Assistant Federal Defender||Office of the Federal Defender, Eastern District of California||2008 - 2012|
|Attorney||Office of the Public Defender, Fresno County||2005 - 2008|
|Attorney||Bennett & Sharpe||2004 - 2005|
|Deputy District Attorney||Office of the District Attorney, Fresno County||1994 - 2004|
|Associate||McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth, LLP||1990 - 1994|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Victim Offender Reconcilliation Program||Member, Board of Directors||2014 - Present|
|San Joaquin College of Law||Adjunct Professor||2012 - Present|
|Mock Trial Coach||New Millenium Continuation School||2008 - 2009|
|Fresno City College||Adjunct Professor||2004 - 2005|
|Lawyers Have Heart, AHA||Founding Board Member||2000 - 2001|
|Fresno County Bar Association||Board of Directors||1997 - 1997|
|Fresno County Young Lawyers Association||President||1996 - 1997|
|State of California, Conference of Delegates||Delegate||1993 - 1995|
|Fresno County Bar Association||Member||1990 - Present|
|Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy (Research Editor)||Symposium on Homelessness||1990|
|Notre Dame Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|
|State University of New York, Stony Brook||Phil/Eng/Econ||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1986|
|Universite de Paris IV - La Sorbonne||Philosophy||Year Program||1985|