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Rachel is a senior attorney at Gleam Law with a focus on cannabis business and nonprofits.  She serves as a board member for both the Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy and for the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance.  Rachel is also a member of the Seattle Hempfest speakers committee.

Rachel is a longtime drug policy analyst through her work as the former deputy director of both the King County Bar Association Drug Policy Project (Seattle) and the Voluntary Committee of Lawyers, which led nationwide efforts to work with lawyers and judges by encouraging examination of the consequences of the drug war.  Subsequently, as acting Executive Director for the Cannabis Defense Coalition, Rachel was in the trenches during the landmark 2011 legislative session that saw then-Gov. Gregoire veto a comprehensive regulatory framework for medical marijuana that left the collective garden system Washington State now has today.

Rachel spent many years working directly in the medical marijuana industry in Washington State, at the Northwest Patient Resource Center and Greenworks Cooperative, and as co-owner of both the Hope Clinics, a medical marijuana authorization clinic, and the Care Wellness Center, and educational, advocacy, and therapeutic center.

She studied music and English at Auburn University (Alabama), graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1997 where she studied political science and pre-law, and graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 2003.  Prior to law school she worked in the Olympia office of former Congressman Brian Baird.

In her free time, Rachel enjoys snowboarding, hiking, reading, gardening, and live music.

Rachel is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the King County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Marijuana Business Association.  She serves as of counsel for Henry G. Wykowski & Associates.


Practice areas


  1. Business: 40%
    1 year
  2. State & Local Law: 30%
  3. Intellectual Property: 20%
    1 year
  4. General Practice: 10%
    1 year



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Cash, Check

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  • David P Kerr

    Smart, caring, focused. The kind of lawyer you want to work with.


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  • John Michael Terpin

    I highly recommend Rachel. She has an excellent reputation for being a creative and strong advocate for her clients. She is attentive and detail-oriented. One of her greatest skills is in effective communication. I believe the combination of these attributes make Rachel an extremely effective attorney.


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Contact info

Gleam Law, PLLC

613 19th Ave. E
Suite 202
Seattle, WA, 98112


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Deputy DirectorVoluntary Committee of Lawyers2005 - Present
Deputy DirectorKing County Bar Association Drug Policy Project2004 - 2008
InternCity of Seattle Legal Department - Torts2002 - 2003
N/AIdaho Legal Aid2001 - 2001
CaseworkerOffice of Congressman Brian Baird1999 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A2004 - Present
King County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Evergreen State CollegePre-LawBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Auburn University, AuburnMusic (Performing); EnglishN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The War on Drugs: A Panel DiscussionDrug policy reform, student activism2007
Students for Sensible Drug Policy National ConferenceDrug policy beyond prohibition, student activism2006
Central Area Chamber of Commerce monthly meetingDrug policy reform2006