Rachel Sullivan is an attorney and Of Counsel to Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton’s complex litigation department. Rachel has extensive experience with commercial litigation matters including consumer class actions, contractual disputes, common law fraud, securities fraud, violations of RICO, and corporate governance disputes.
Rachel was part of the firm’s team that represented more than seventy investors, who collectively lost $190 million investing with Fort Lauderdale lawyer Scott Rothstein, who ran a Ponzi scheme based on selling investments into structured settlements. The team recovered over 95% of all losses suffered by the investors, interest, and attorney fees, an unprecedented result. We did this by suing Rothstein’s co-conspirators, including multiple banks, accounting firms, and a host of others who had aided and abetted the fraud.
Rachel is also part of the firm’s class action practice, litigating some of the largest class actions in Florida and across the nation. Recently, she was part of the team that challenged major mortgage lenders’ force-placed insurance programs and practices, resulting to date in eight settlements that have made more than $1 billion in relief available to class members nationwide.
Prior to joining the firm, Rachel was a litigation associate in the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and in the Miami office of White & Case LLP, where she handled a variety of complex commercial litigation matters. Rachel also served as Articles Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and a legal writing instructor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Our task as litigators is to advocate for our clients by crafting persuasive arguments. In order to do so effectively, we must understand our audience, use language effectively, and craft a compelling story. We tell our clients’ stories for the first time on the page; our legal briefs are often our first opportunity to present their cases and persuade the court. I am a lawyer because I love the process of crafting an argument—taking the time to consider both sides, researching the law on all issues, and finding a creative approach to articulating our best case.
What's trending with Rachel
Class action defendants are attempting to rewrite longstanding principles of personal jurisdiction, trying to defeat certification of nationwide classes by arguing that a court lacks personal jurisdiction over out-of-state class members’ claims where the defendant does not reside in the court’s forum state.
Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure will take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, subject to Supreme Court approval and arguably no substantive area of law will be more impacted than federal class action litigation, in particular, the procedures for addressing objections to class settlements.
Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton is a complex commercial litigation firm founded in 1982 that focuses its practice on bet-the-company commercial cases, class actions, healthcare and bankruptcy matters.