Rachel Zacharias is an associate in Quinn Emanuel’s Washington, D.C. office. She joined the firm as a Summer Associate in 2020 and as an Associate in 2021. Her practice focuses on government, regulatory, and appellate litigation, as well as complex commercial litigation matters.
Rachel graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she won the Edwin C. Baker pro bono award, taught First Year Legal Research and Writing as an Arthur Littleton Fellow, and served as an Articles Editor for the Journal of Law and Social Change, a teaching assistant for Professor Sophia Lee (Administrative Law) and a research assistant for Professors Serena Mayeri (Gender and the Law) and Holly Fernandez Lynch (Health and FDA Law). Prior to joining the firm, Rachel worked as a law clerk for the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia, and the New York Legal Assistance Group, where she focused on issues of health, employment, and civil rights law. Rachel’s experience also includes work in bioethics and health policy research.
- University of Pennsylvania Law School
- Edwin C. Baker Pro Bono Award
- Arthur Littleton Fellow
- University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change:
- Articles Editor
- University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
(M. Bioethics, 2021)
- Duke University
(B.S., manga cum laude, Bioethics, Genomics, and Behavioral Neuroscience, with Distinction, 2016)
- The District of Columbia Bar
- Rachel L. Zacharias, Elizabeth A. Dietz, Kimberly Mutcherson & Josephine Johnston, Reproductive Justice after the Pandemic: How “Personal Responsibility” Entrenches Disparities and Limits Autonomy, in COVID-19 AND THE LAW: DISRUPTION, IMPACT, AND LEGACY (Harvard Law School Petrie-Flom Center and Yale Law School Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy eds., forthcoming 2022).
- Rachel L. Zacharias, Eric A. Feldman, Steven Joffe & Holly Fernandez Lynch, Curbside Consults and the Duty of Reasonable Care, Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics (2022).
- Rachel L. Zacharias Fewer of Whom? Climate-Based Population Policies Infringe Marginalized Peoples’ Reproductive Autonomy, 25 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change (2021).
- Rachel L. Zacharias, ‘Reproductive Negligence’: A Necessary and Sufficient Remedy?, 50 HASTINGS CENTER REPORT 44 (2020).
- Nancy Berlinger & Rachel L. Zacharias, Resources for Teaching and Learning about Immigrant Health Care in Health Professions Education, 21 AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOURNAL OF ETHICS: IMMIGRATION SPECIAL ISSUE E50 (2019).
- Robert D. Truog, Nancy Berlinger, Rachel L. Zacharias & Mildred Z. Solomon, Brain Death at Fifty: Exploring Consensus, Controversy, and
- Contexts, 48 HASTINGS CENTER REPORT: DEFINING DEATH: ORGAN TRANSPLANTATION AND THE FIFTY-YEAR LEGACY OF THE HARVARD REPORT ON BRAIN DEATH S2 (2018).
- Rachel L. Zacharias, Monica E. Smith & Jaime S. King, The Legal Dimensions of Whole-Genome Sequencing in Newborn Screening, 48
- HASTINGS CENTER REPORT: THE ETHICS OF SEQUENCING NEWBORNS: RECOMMENDATIONS AND REFLECTIONS S39 (2018).
- Josephine Johnston & Rachel L. Zacharias, US Stem Cell Research Policy, in PRINCIPLES OF REGENERATIVE MEDICINE 1309 (3rd ed., Anthony Atala, Robert Lanza, Tony Mikos, Robert Nerem eds., 2018).
- Carolyn Neuhaus & Rachel L. Zacharias, Compassionate Use of Gene Therapies in Pediatrics: An Ethical Analysis, 42 SEMINARS IN PERINATOLOGY: CRISPR SPECIAL ISSUE 508 (2018).
- Carolyn Neuhaus & Rachel L. Zacharias, Advancing Ethical Stem Cell Research with CRISPR, 4 CURRENT STEM CELL REPORTS: STEM CELL THERAPEUTICS ETHICS SPECIAL ISSUE 248 (2018).
- Louise King, Rachel L. Zacharias & Josephine Johnston, Autonomy in Tension: Reproduction, Technology, and Justice, 47
- HASTINGS CENTER REPORT: JUST REPRODUCTION: REIMAGINING AUTONOMY IN REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE S2 (2017).
- Josephine Johnston & Rachel L. Zacharias, The Future of Reproductive Autonomy, 47 HASTINGS CENTER REPORT: JUST REPRODUCTION: REIMAGINING AUTONOMY IN REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE S6 (2017).
- Nita A. Farahany & Rachel L. Zacharias, The Legal Circle of Life, in FINDING CONSCIOUSNESS: THE NEUROSCIENCE, ETHICS, AND LAW OF SEVERE BRAIN DAMAGE 229 (Walter Sinnott-Armstrong ed., 2016).
- Elizabeth A. Dietz with Rachel L. Zacharias, Kimberly Mutcherson & Josephine Johnston, Reproductive Justice after the Pandemic: How “Personal Responsibility” Entrenches Disparities and Limits Autonomy, COVID-19 and the Law: Disruption, Impact, and Legacy, Harvard Law School Petrie-Flom Center and Yale Law School Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, Virtual Panel, February 2021.
- Josephine Johnson, Rachel L. Zacharias, Elizabeth A. Dietz & Kimberly Mutcherson. Liberty and Justice for Some: Struggles Over Reproductive Autonomy in the United States, Accepted for the World Congress of Bioethics, Philadelphia, PA, June 2020.
- Louise King, Rachel L. Zacharias & Josephine Johnston, Just Reproduction: Reimagining Autonomy in Reproductive Medicine, Harvard Medical School Grand Rounds, Boston, MA, February 2018.
- Rachel L. Zacharias, Genomics, Neuroscience, and Responsibility: Opportunities for the Law, American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities, Kansas City, MO, October 2017.
- Rachel L. Zacharias, Medical-Legal Collaboration in the Care of Undocumented Immigrants, American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities, Kansas City, MO, October 2017.