Overview

About Rachel

Rachel Groshong is a litigator in the Seattle office of Stoel Rives where she serves as Chair of the Transportation Subgroup.  As a Seattle native, Rachel has a deep understanding of the issues facing businesses, governmental agencies, and individuals throughout Washington.  She actively draws on her local relationships to ensure that her clients are well represented in a cost-effective way.  Rachel has experience handling complex commercial disputes, trying cases in both federal and state courts in Washington, and arguing before the Washington State Court of Appeals.  She has significant experience with eDiscovery and has overseen the collection, review, and production of millions of documents and drafted and argued countless discovery motions to the courts and discovery masters.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Rachel was a clerk for Justice Charles W. Johnson of the Supreme Court of Washington (2013–2014) and an extern to the Honorable Beth Andrus in King County Superior Court (2012).

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Experience

Experience

  • WSDOT v. STP – Represented the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) in its claims against the tunneling contractor, Seattle Tunnel Partners.  After a nine-week trial the jury returned a verdict in favor of WSDOT for the full amount of its claims, $57.2 million, and denied the contractor’s claim for $337 million.
  • Port of Ridgefield v. Union Pacific – Represented the Port of Ridgefield in Model Toxics Control Act contribution litigation in four-week federal bench trial against Union Pacific Railroad. Obtained two favorable rulings before trial on summary judgment regarding the Port’s ability to recover Washington State Department of Ecology grant money from Union Pacific.
  • King and Mockovak Eye Center, Inc., P.S., et al. v. Mockovak – Represented physician in three-week jury trial over ownership of U.S. and Canadian medical practices.  Obtained jury verdict in favor of physician.   
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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Included in Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch (Transportation Law), 2021
  • Chair, Stoel Rives Transportation Subgroup
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, King County Bar Association
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Legal Writing II and Labor Law
  • Past Planning Committee Member, Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference, Seattle, WA

Civic Activities

  • Chair, Seattle University Public Interest Law Foundation Steering Committee, 2019–2020
  • Member, Seattle University Public Interest Law Foundation Steering Committee, 2016–present
  • Board Membership Chair, King County Washington Women Lawyers, 2019–present
  • Board CLE Chair, King County Washington Women Lawyers, 2017–2018
  • Former Board Vice President, Seattle South Africa Scholarship Foundation
  • Legislative Workgroup Volunteer, Legal Representation for Youth in the Dependency System, Olympia, Washington, Jan.–March 2014
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Moderator, “Future of Transportation in Puget Sound” panel discussion, July 31, 2019
  • Comment, “A Barrier to Child Welfare Reform: The Supreme Court’s Flexible Approach to FRCP 60(b)(5) and Granting Relief to States in Institutional Reform Litigation,” 36 Seattle U. L. Rev. 1527 (2013)



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