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Rachel Black is a partner at Susman Godfrey L.L.P., one of the nation's leading litigation boutique firms. Ms. Black focuses her national practice on high-stakes commercial litigation, devoting all of her time and talent to achieving excellent outcomes representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Ms. Black has significant trial and case management experience on cases covering a variety of subjects including intellectual property, antitrust, contracts, fraud, and accounting malpractice.


Practice areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 20%
  2. Litigation: 20%
  3. Class Action: 20%
  4. Securities & Investment Fraud: 20%
  5. Patent Infringement: 20%

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Susman Godfrey L.L.P.

1201 Third Avenue Suite 3800
Seattle, WA, 98101-3087


NYCurrently registered 200103/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2014
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics2012
Fellow of the American Bar FoundationThe Fellows of the American Bar Foundation2011
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
"Rising Star"Washington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSusman Godfrey L.L.P.2005 - Present
AssociateSusman Godfrey L.L.P.2001 - 2005
Judicial Law ClerkNinth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Robert Beezer2000 - 2001
Judicial Law ClerkUnited States District Court for the District of Hawaii, Judge Alan C. Kay1999 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar Association, Committee for DiversityMember2007 - 2008
American Bar Association, Women RainmakersMember2007 - Present
Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of SeattleFounder, President2006 - 2012
Association of Women Attorneys with Real ExperienceMember2006 - Present
Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of SeattleBoard Member2006 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Washington Women LawyersMember2002 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Two-Way Media LLC vs. America Online, Inc.Settled for confidential amount during trial.
Timeline, Inc. vs. ProClarity Corp. and Microsoft Corp.Case settled on eve of trial.
DeVetter et al. v. Alex Brown Management Services, Inc., et al.Achieved confidential settlement before trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
King County Bar BulletinNew Group Supports Attorney MothersN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cornell Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of Nevada-Las VegasEducational PsychologyMS - Master of Science1996
University of California - San DiegoPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1991