Rachel Ratcliff is Vice President in Stroz Friedberg’s Dallas office where she manages digital forensic investigations, responds to data breach incidents, and oversees data collection, processing, and hosting in electronic discovery matters. Ms. Ratcliff maintains a full docket of cases involving cybercrime, theft of intellectual property, deletion of digital data, e-forgery, cyber-harassment, and online fraud and abuse. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, non-profit organizations, major law firms, and private individuals.
Before joining Stroz Friedberg, Ms. Ratchliff practiced law at the Dallas law firm Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP, where she served as Associate Liaison to the partnership. At Carrington Coleman, she focused on business litigation and employment law, assisting clients in administrative, arbitration, federal and state court proceedings. Ms. Ratcliff represented individuals and companies in litigation regarding non-compete covenants, breach of confidential and fiduciary relationships, and misappropriation of trade secrets matters. Her successful matters include the defense of a major telecommunications company in a federal court lawsuit involving claims of discrimination and retaliation brought by 20 former employees. In that proceeding, Ms. Ratcliff and the defense team obtained summary judgment in favor of the client with respect to 35 of 38 causes of action—a result which was subsequently upheld on appeal.
Ms. Ratcliff also obtained significant experience with electronic discovery while at Carrington Coleman, serving on the defense team for a corporate officer in securities and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) class action proceedings relating to the collapse of Enron. In addition to her work as a trial lawyer, Ms. Ratcliff also counseled and advised clients on a myriad of issues, including data preservation in anticipation of litigation, and notification requirements relating to the disclosure of confidential information.
Prior to her law firm experience, Ms. Ratcliff was a Behavioral Skills Interventionist, working with special needs students; she subsequently used this experience to publish a law journal article on autism and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Recently selected as a “Rising Star” by Texas Lawyer Magazine, Ms. Ratcliff received her B.S. in vocal performance from Texas Woman’s University and earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from Texas Tech University where she was a member of the Texas Tech Law Review Executive Committee. She was also recognized with the Order of the Coif and as first place and best oralist in the Board of Barristers Mock Trial Competition.