Rachel is an accomplished lawyer who has served on numerous trial and appellate teams in high-stakes cases. She focuses her practice on all stages of litigation, including pre-trial case management and motion practice, trial and post-trial strategy and motion practice, and appeals.

Recent Trial Experience. Rachel has served on numerous trial teams that obtained defense verdicts in jury trials involving compensatory and punitive damages claims, including:

  • Chacon v. Philip Morris USA Inc. (Fla. 11th Cir. Ct. 2016)
  • Mooney v. Philip Morris USA Inc. (Fla. 11th Cir. Ct. 2016)
  • Russo v. Philip Morris USA Inc. (Fla. 11th Cir. Ct. 2015)

Recent Appellate Experience. Rachel has extensive procedural and substantive appellate experience in both state and federal courts, ranging from product liability litigation, constitutional litigation, breach of contract litigation, land-use and environmental disputes and litigation, securities litigation and bankruptcy appeals. Rachel also has experience with extraordinary writ petitions to invoke original jurisdiction. She has developed winning appellate strategy and argument in a number of high-stakes appeals, including:

  • Russo v. Philip Morris USA Inc. (Fla. 3d DCA 2016)
  • Philip Morris USA Inc. v. Green (Fla. 5th DCA 2015)

Before joining Shook, Rachel handled complex civil defense appeals and trial support on a variety of substantive legal issues in both state and federal courts. Prior to that, Rachel was a judicial law clerk for Justice James E.C. Perry and a judicial intern for Chief Justice Jorge Labarga of the Supreme Court of Florida, where she assisted with numerous state civil and criminal appeals.

In addition, Rachel has consistently been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers (2015-2017) for her work and has provided pro bono services to matters involving children in neglect and abuse cases and incarcerated juveniles in juvenile resentencing cases.

Publications and Press Coverage

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel Canfield, Because of "Winn-Dixie"?: Uncertainty over ADA's Applicability to Websites Deepens​, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), July 11, 2017.  

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel A. Canfield, Supreme Court Addresses Judges' Inherent Sanction Authority in "Goodyear v. Haeger,"  The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), April 26, 2017.

Florida Appeals Court Upholds Defense Verdict in Smoker Suit, Law360, October 19, 2016.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel A. Canfield, Supreme Court Observations: Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), April 13, 2016.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel A. Canfield, The Future of Class-Action Litigation in a Post-Scalia World, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), March 10, 2016.

Rachel A. Canfield, A Brave New Appellate E-World, 90:1 Fla. Bar J., Jan. 2016, at 75.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel A. Canfield, DirecTV Inc. v. Imburgia: The Supreme Court’s Latest Word on Arbitration and Federal Preemption, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), Dec. 22, 2015.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel A. Canfield, District Court Tosses $15 Billion Facebook Tracking Class Action, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), Nov. 4, 2015.

Fla. Court Remands $12M Engle Award To Apply Shared Fault, Law360, July 31, 2015.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel A. Canfield, Ninth Circuit Limits CAFA’s “Single Local Event” Exception and Broadens Removal of Mass Actions, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), June 9, 2015.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel A. Canfield, Ninth Circuit Thwarts Plaintiffs' Efforts to Evade Removal Under CAFA, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), Dec. 1, 2014.

Object Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Demonstrating Fundamental Error in Civil Appeals, The Florida Bar Journal, Sep. 2014.

Chapter 2: Appellate Practice, in Recent Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation (American Bar Association 2014); credited for research and writing.

Legislator and Aide Can Claim Privilege, Daily Business Review, 2012.

Presentations

Guest Lecturer, Impediments to the Appellate Process, St. Thomas University School of Law (2013).

Lecturer, Stays in Appellate Proceedings, CLE Presentation for the Appellate Practice Section, The Florida Bar (2013).