Overview

Rachel A. Remke has established herself as a trusted adviser and an experienced trial lawyer, having counseled and litigated complex cases in both state and federal courts. Her work spans a variety of product liability and litigation matters, including construction equipment, industrial insulation materials, fire origin, and juvenile products.

Rachel has negotiated multiple dismissals, positioned cases for favorable settlement either through direct negotiations, mediations, or settlement conferences, and defended trial victories on appeal. Rachel is a diligent and dedicated attorney who serves as a courtroom advocate for her clients.

  • Experience

    • Rachel is part of the team that serves as national trial counsel for a manufacturer of home and office products and ladders. Her work includes minimizing the company’s exposure to litigation involving serious injuries in many jurisdictions across the country.
    • Rachel employs a similar strategy with a trial team serving as national counsel for a distributor of recreational products. 
    • Represented an architectural firm seeking to enforce a contract with client for multi-million dollar project and obtained a jury trial victory.
    • Obtained a complete jury defense verdict for a manufacturer client in a ladder case after a multi-day trial in Lafayette, La.
    • Obtained a complete jury defense verdict for a manufacturer client in a ladder case after a multi-day trial in Brownsville, Texas.
    • Obtained a complete jury defense verdict for a manufacturer client in a car seat case after a multi-day trial in Lafayette, La.
    • Ongoing representation of a Fortune 100 company related to its product liability matters for its consumer products.
    • Obtained a not guilty for a pro bono client charged with armed robbery.
    • Assisted with a complete jury defense verdict for a distributor client in a recreational products case after a multi-day trial in Baltimore, Md.
    • Assisted with an investigation of numerous fire scenes and artifact analyses, often demonstrating to a potential plaintiff’s attorney why her client’s product could not have caused the fire.
    • Assisted with ongoing representation of a Fortune 100 company challenged with allegations and investigations concerning fire and explosions of consumer products.
  • Credentials

    Education

    • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2012, summa cum laude
      Order of the Coif
      Chicago-Kent Law Review, Member
      Bar and Gavel Society
      Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Team
    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., Political Science and Psychology, 2008, magna cum laude

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
      • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

          Clerkships

          • Judicial Extern – Hon. Lee Preston, Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill., Law Division

          Teaching Appointments

          • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Intensive Trial Advocacy (2011-2012), Legislative Process, Academic Support Program (2012), Teaching Assistant
        • Insights

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          Label Claims: A Regulatory Overview

          The Hatchery

          Location:
          Chicago, Ill.
          Blog Post

          Not So Organic: The FTC Takes Action Against Personal Care Products

          Schiff Hardin Product Liability and Mass Torts Blog

          Blog Post

          What's Ahead: An Amendment to Rule 30(b)(6) That Requires Parties to Confer

          Schiff Hardin Product Liability and Mass Torts Blog

          News Release

          Schiff Secures Unanimous Jury Verdict in Trade Secrets Trial

          Schiff Hardin successfully secured a clean sweep unanimous jury defense verdict for our client, Action Gypsum Supply, a drywall and construction materials supply company, and two individual defendants, in an unfair competition and breach of fiduciary duty case brought by competitor L&W Supply Corporation.

          News Release

          Thirty-Two Attorneys Named to 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

          We are pleased to announce that 32 Schiff Hardin attorneys have been recognized on the 2020 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

          Event

          Labels & Claims: Legal and Regulatory Review

          The Hatchery

          Location:
          Chicago, Ill.
          News Release

          Schiff Hardin Elects 10 New Partners

          Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that 10 attorneys have been elected to its partnership, effective January 1, 2019.

          Blog Post

          Chipotle Gets a (Nearly) Clean Bill of Health

          Schiff Hardin Product Liability & Mass Torts Blog

          Blog Post

          Chipotle Faces New Challenges

          Schiff Hardin Product Liability & Mass Torts Blog

          Speeches & Presentations

          • “Label & Claims: Legal and Regulatory Review,” The Hatchery Chicago, Chicago, Ill. (Sep. 10, 2019, Jun. 9, 2020)

        Product Liability and Mass Torts Blog

        Not So Organic: The FTC Takes Action Against Personal Care Products

        With the clean beauty movement on the rise, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has started to pay closer attention to how companies label and market personal care products. Although the FTC does not have its own definition of the term “organic,” it can bring enforcement actions based on allegedly false or deceptive advertisement of products... Continue Reading

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