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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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  1. Criminal Defense: 100%



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  • Michael Evan Mitchell

    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.


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  • Terry Alan Wapner

    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.


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Hammerchmidt Broughton, LLC

2445 Capitol Street
Suite 150
Fresno, CA, 93721


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Thomas J. White ScholarNotre Dame Law School1988
Pindar ScholarNotre Dame Law School1987
InducteeSigma Beta Honor Society1982
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney - ShareholderHammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation2015 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorSan Joaquin College Of Law2012 - 2015
Assistant Federal DefenderOffice of the Federal Defender, Eastern District of California2008 - 2012
AttorneyOffice of the Public Defender, Fresno County2005 - 2008
AttorneyBennett & Sharpe2004 - 2005
Deputy District AttorneyOffice of the District Attorney, Fresno County1994 - 2004
AssociateMcCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth, LLP1990 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Victim Offender Reconcilliation ProgramMember, Board of Directors2014 - Present
San Joaquin College of LawAdjunct Professor2012 - Present
Mock Trial CoachNew Millenium Continuation School2008 - 2009
Fresno City CollegeAdjunct Professor2004 - 2005
Lawyers Have Heart, AHAFounding Board Member2000 - 2001
Fresno County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1997 - 1997
Fresno County Young Lawyers AssociationPresident1996 - 1997
State of California, Conference of DelegatesDelegate1993 - 1995
Fresno County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy (Research Editor)Symposium on Homelessness1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Notre Dame Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
State University of New York, Stony BrookPhil/Eng/EconBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Universite de Paris IV - La SorbonnePhilosophyYear Program1985