Partner Rachel Stroup focuses her litigation practice on employment law and criminal defense. Rachel is a compassionate and tenacious advocate who is dedicated to fighting for her clients.
In 2015 and 2016, Rachel Stroup was selected to the Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers.Employment Law and Other Civil Litigation
In her employment practice, Rachel brings her experience, judgment and compassion to bear in order to secure excellent results for her clients. Rachel has successfully represented clients with claims of discrimination (on the basis of race, sex, national origin, religion, age and sexual orientation), retaliation, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, wrongful termination, violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and breach of contract. She routinely counsels clients facing these issues, and has litigated employment cases in state and federal courts, and before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD).
Rachel listens carefully to each client’s needs, and works with the client to devise a case strategy aimed at meeting those needs. She recognizes that many of her clients want to focus on a strategy that compensates them for the injuries they have suffered without a protracted trial is the primary objective. Rachel’s strong advocacy, thoughtful decision making, and hard work have led to substantial settlements for her clients in cases she litigates. For example, she recently obtained a significant settlement on behalf of her client with employment discrimination (on the basis of national origin and religion) and retaliation claims against a state agency. In another case, she brought a disability discrimination case based on the employer’s failure to accommodate her client’s disability; her client obtained a substantial settlement before the case went to trial. Rachel has also litigated, and successfully settled, claims of race discrimination, sex discrimination, and sexual orientation discrimination.
In addition to litigating employment claims, Rachel advises clients facing difficult workplace situations, and negotiates separation and severance agreements for clients who have left, or are leaving, their jobs. In this role, she conducts careful research to determine what potential legal claims and strategies the client can use as leverage to help resolve the situation or to obtain a stronger negotiating position. In a recent victory, through a combination of counseling and advocacy, Rachel helped a client, who faced possible termination, to remain in his position.
Rachel has successfully represented clients in other civil matters, including corporate litigation, divorce, personal injury, and campus misconduct. For example, she and David Duncan recently won a summary judgment motion in superior court on behalf of their clients, directors and shareholders of a small corporation, on breach of fiduciary duty claims. She has also litigated and settled personal injury cases for her clients.Criminal Defense
Rachel represents clients all over the Commonwealth in a wide range of criminal matters, both felony and misdemeanor, in state and federal courts. Rachel is tenacious, thorough, and strategic in her approach to each case, enabling her to obtain excellent results for her clients. She has represented clients charged with murder, firearms charges, drug possession and distribution, wire fraud, assault and battery, indecent assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, OUI, negligent operation, possession of child pornography, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer, and disorderly conduct. Rachel has also represented plaintiffs and defendants in restraining order hearings, and defendants charged with violating restraining orders.
Rachel also serves on the federal Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel to represent indigent federal defendants in the Boston federal district courts.
Rachel has tried two first-degree murder cases, one of which resulted in a not guilty verdict after Rachel conducted a surgical cross-examination of the Commonwealth's cellphone expert. In both cases, she was engaged in all facets of preparing for and conducting trial, from working closely with the clients to ensure their needs were met to preparing and arguing motions and examining witnesses.
She also routinely represents clients charged with other crimes, including crimes of violence and drug crimes. For example, in a recent OUI and drug possession case, Rachel convinced the prosecutor to allow the client to take a continuance without a finding, which will result in a dismissal after the client completes a period of probation. In another recent case, Rachel secured pre-trial probation for her client, who faced charges of assault and assault and battery on a police officer, among others. Following a short term of unsupervised probation, the client’s case was dismissed.
In a case where her client was convicted of possession and distribution of child pornography, Rachel presented his case before the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) and got him categorized as a low level offender, which made it easier for her client to rebuild his life after his incarceration.
Rachel’s background and experience in criminal defense proves useful in defending students who face charges of academic misconduct, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. She has successfully represented clients in disciplinary proceedings at various colleges and universities, many of which involve complicated procedures such as Title IX investigations and hearings, and has achieved findings of no responsibility on behalf of her clients.
J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 2006
B.A., Wesleyan University, 1999
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association
National Employment Lawyers Association
Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers