Rachel’s practice primarily focuses on the defense of complex product liability cases, including medical device and smoking and health-related lawsuits, for major manufacturers across the country in both state and federal courts. In addition, her aptitude for litigation and appellate support extends outside of the product liability arena and encompasses commercial litigation and class action work. She is a troubleshooting, solutions-oriented advocate striving not only for winning results in the courtroom, but also opportunities to provide meaningful and strategic advice to the businesses she services.

Rachel represents clients at all phases of litigation, including pre-suit investigation, fact and expert discovery, motion practice, pre-trial negotiations, trial and appeal. She has been a member of numerous trial teams at multi-week trials throughout Florida and likewise appears in courtrooms across the state. She prides herself on her prospective thinking on how each aspect of a case, from its inception, can impact the evidence presented at trial and how her clients make their future business decisions.  

Rachel strives to maintain an active pro bono practice and has thus far focused her pro bono efforts through Americans for Immigrant Justice. Rachel is a current co-chair of Shook’s Junior Women’s Management Council and an avid participant in Shook’s Miami office’s sponsorship of the South Florida Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. 
Rachel is originally from Toronto, Canada, but considers herself a Florida native. Prior to joining Shook, she clerked for the Honorable Melanie May of Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal.  

Publications

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel Forman, Food-Labeling Suit's Successful Class Certification is a Cause for Concern in California, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), January 23, 2019.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel Forman, Eighth Circuit Finds Standing, but Ultimately Rejects Claims, in Data-Breach Suit, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation) October 24, 2017. 

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel Forman, Fourth Circuit: Unsubstantiated Risks Related to Data Breach Insufficient for Article III Standing, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation) March 24, 2017.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel Forman, Second Circuit Upholds Decertification of Class Action After Jury Award, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), August 9, 2016.

Florida’s Disregard of Due Process Rights for Nearly a Decade: Treating Drug Possession as a Strict Liability Crime, 24 ST. THOMAS L. REV. 350 (2012).