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Rachel Geman
Partner, New York Office
212 355-9500

“We challenge outcomes that our clients know are flat wrong. Sometimes tragically, usually avoidably. Fixing the problem is our job.”
Rachel Geman
Rachel Geman

A partner in our New York office, Rachel Geman’s current practice includes serving as co-lead counsel in consumer privacy litigation against fintech company Plaid; serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in contaminated drug litigation (Valsartan); representing a certified class of women in employment discrimination litigation against Goldman Sachs; and working actively with government investigators on behalf of whistleblower clients.

Rachel’s past representations include:

Employment and Civil Rights law: Rachel represented the City of Philadelphia in Fair Housing Act litigation against Wells Fargo that resolved in 2019 with the bank’s paying $10 million to fund city programs for communities affected by lending discrimination and agreeing to other relief. She represented employee benefit plans in recovering $65 million from AXA Rosenberg to settle ERISA and other claims, and represented a class of female financial advisors who secured $39 million plus injunctive relief from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch to settle gender discrimination claims.

Consumer protection: Rachel represented consumers in the GM Ignition Switch MDL economic loss class case, which settled for $121 million for consumers. Rachel served as co-lead class counsel or counsel for the class in consumer financial litigation over “payment protection” products, resulting in more than $50 million in settlements. She also has successfully litigated and settled multiple matters on behalf of classes of home mortgage borrowers.

False Claims Act: Rachel represented the whistleblower in litigation against Abbvie involving the marketing of Humira, where California received $24 million. She helped recoup $78.5 million from the University of Phoenix, one of the largest settlements involving fraud on the Department of Education, and has been lead counsel on off-label marketing matters resulting in settlements.

Rachel chairs NELA-NY’s amicus committee and is a frequent writer and speaker on topics in complex litigation. A strong believer in keeping open and knowledgeable about different perspectives and following relevant trends in her subject matter areas, she holds a Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional credential, and earlier studied fraud examination.

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  • Columbia Law School, New York, New York
    J.D. – 1997
    Honors: Stone Scholar
    Honors: Equal Justice America Fellow
    Honors: Human Rights Fellow
    Law Journal: Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems, Editor
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    A.B. (Cum Laude) – 1993
  • New York, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1999
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Standing Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity, Member, Past Employee Co-Chair (2009-2011)
  • Certified Fraud Examiners, New York Chapter, Member
  • National Employment Lawyers’ Association – New York Chapter, Chair of Amicus Committee (2017-); Past Board Member (2005-2011)
  • National Employment Lawyers’ Association – National
  • Public Justice Foundation
  • Rutter Federal Employment Guide, Contributing Editor (2017 – present)
  • Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund
  • “Class Actions: Class Representatives / Named Plaintiffs (Federal),” Practical Guidance Practice Note, Lexis/Nexis, 2021
  • Author, “Whistleblower Under Pressure,” Trial Magazine, April 2013
  • Author and Panelist, “Who is an Employer Under the FLSA?,” National Employment Lawyers Association Conference, 2013
  • Co-Editor, The New York Employee Advocate, 2005-2009
  • Author and Panelist, “Class Action Considerations: Certification, Settlement, and More,” American Conference Institute Advanced Forum, 2009
  • The New York Employee Advocate (Co-Editor, 2005-2009; Regular Contributor, 2008 – Present)
  • Author, “’Don’t I Think I Know You Already?’: Excessive Subjective Decision-Making as an Improper Tool for Hiring and Promotion,” ABA Labor & Employment Section Annual Meeting, 2008
  • Author and Panelist, “Ethical Issues in Representing Workers in Wage & Hour Actions,” Representing Workers in Individuals & Collective Actions under the FLSA, 2007
  • Author and Panelist, “Evidence and Jury Instructions in FLSA Actions,” Georgetown Law Center/ACL-ABA, 2007
  • Author and Panelist, “Crucial Events in the ‘Life’ of an FLSA Collective Action: Filing Considerations and the Two-step ‘Similarly-Situated’ Analysis,” National Employment Lawyers Association, Annual Convention, 2006
  • Author and Panelist, “Time is Money, Except When It’s Not: Compensable Time and the FLSA,” National Employment Lawyers Association, Impact Litigation Conference, 2005
  • “Image-Based Discrimination and the BFOQ Defense,” EEO Today: The Newsletter of the EEO Committee of the ABA’s Section of Labor and Employment Law, Vol. 9, Issue 1, 2004
  • “Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Exemptions: Proposed Regulatory Changes,” New York State Bar Association Labor & Employment Newsletter, 2004
  • Moderator, “Workforce Without Borders,” ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, EEOC Midwinter Meeting, 2003
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion by peers in The Best Lawyers in America in field of “Employment Law – Individuals,” 2012-2022
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2018-2021
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2021
  • “Lawyer of the Year,” Best Lawyers, Employment Law – Individuals, New York City, 2014, 2019
  • “Super Lawyer for New York Metro,” Super Lawyers, 2011, 2013-2019
  • Recognition for outstanding service to individuals and families who sought compensation under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
  • Legal 500 recommended lawyer, LegalEase, 2013
  • “Rising Star for New York Metro,” Super Lawyers, 2011
  • Distinguished Honor Award, United States Department of State, 2001
  • Panelist, “Time to Rethink and Retool: Innovative Strategies for Crafting State-of-the Art Settlement Agreements,” ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, 15th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, November 2021
  • Moderator, “Corporations Are Deponents, My Friend: Taking 30(b)(6) Depositions In Wage & Hour Cases,” National Employment Lawyers Association Spring Seminar, March 2021
  • Moderator, “Discovery In Wage & Hour Cases,” National Employment Lawyers Association Virtual Convention, July 2020
  • Faculty Member, “Classwide Damage Models in Misleading and False Advertising Consumer Class Actions,” Strafford Consumer Class Actions Webinar, May 2020
  • Faculty Member, “Current Topics in Employment Discrimination Class Actions,” Lawline Webinar, August 2019
  • Speaker, “Statistics in Employment and FCA Cases,” Clearlaw Webinar, January 2018
  • Speaker, “The Anatomy of a False Claims Act Case & How the FCA Works in a Whistleblower World,” Lawline Webinar, October 2017
  • Speaker, “Litigating Wage & Hour Cases: Challenges & Opportunities,” National Employment Lawyers Association Spring Conference, April 2017
  • Speaker, “Plaintiffs’ Perspective in Investigating and Litigating Employment Class Actions,” Lawline Webinar, December 2016
  • Speaker, “Pay Equity in Practice: What Works? Employee-Side Perspectives on Compensation Discrimination,” ABA-LEL Conference, November 2016
  • Speaker, “Bringing Your First – or Next – FHA Case,” NCLC Annual Conference, October 2016
  • Moderator, Government Plenary, ABA EEO Conference, March 2016
  • Speaker, “Latest Trends and Developments in Qui Tam Lawsuits and the Statute of Limitations,” Webinar, January 2016
  • Speaker and Moderator, “Statistics for Lawyers – Even Those Who Hate Math,” National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention, June 2015
  • Speaker, “Gender Pay Disparities: Enforcement, Litigation, and Remedies,” New York City Conference on Representing Employees, May 2015
  • Speaker, “Protecting Pay: Representing Workers With Wage and Hour Claims,” National Employment Lawyers Association, April 2015
  • Speaker and Author, “What Employment Lawyers Need to Know About Non-Employment Class Actions,” ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference, November 2014
  • Moderator, “Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Issues,” National Employment Lawyers Association/New York, October 2014
  • Speaker, “Consumer Class Action Symposium,” National Consumer Law Center Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, November 2013
  • Panelist, “Class Certification Strategies: Dukes in the Rear View Mirror,” Impact Fund Class Action Conference, 2013
  • Panelist, “Fraud and Consumer Protection: Plaintiff and Defense Strategies,” Current Issues in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation, ABA Section of Litigation, 2012
  • Panelist, “Drafting Class Action Complaints,” New York State Bar Association, 2011
  • Participant and Moderator, “Ask the EEOC: Current Insights on Enforcement and Litigation,” ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2011
  • Moderator, “Hot Topics in Wage and Hour Class and Collective Actions,” American Association for Justice Tele-Seminar, 2010
  • Panelist, “Rights Without Remedies,” American Constitutional Society National Convention, Revitalizing Our Democracy: Progress and Possibilities, 2008
  • Panelist, “Fair Measure: Toward Effective Attorney Evaluations”
  • Panelist, “Getting to Know You: Use and Misuse of Selection Devices for Hiring and Promotion,” ABA Labor & Employment Section Annual Meeting, 2008
  • Panelist, “Electronic Discovery,” Federal Judicial Center & Institute of Judicial Administration, Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges, 2005
  • Chair and Panelist, “Current Topics in Fair Labor Standards Act Litigation,” Conference, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2003
  • Moderator, “Workforce Without Borders,” ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, EEOC Midwinter Meeting, 2003