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Rachel M. Smith


Rachel Smith represents manufacturers, distributors, premises owners, and insurers in defense of product liability, toxic tort, environmental, and general liability litigation. She has experience handling all stages of litigation, from filing initial pleadings through trial and appeal.

Before joining Hawkins Parnell & Young, Rachel was a litigator at a Manhattan insurance defense firm. She defended clients in numerous suits involving general negligence, premises liability, labor law, construction defect, commercial litigation, contract claims, auto accidents, and insurance coverage disputes.

Rachel previously served as a judicial law clerk to Justice Josiah Dennis Coleman at the Mississippi Supreme Court. She also was a law clerk in the Mississippi Attorney General's Office for the Mississippi Gaming Commission. At the University of Mississippi School of Law, Rachel was a student attorney at the Transactional Law Clinic to assist clients interested in forming limited liability companies, C and S corporations, and non-profit organizations.



  • University of Mississippi School of Law  (J.D.)
    • Chair, Negotiation Board
    • Executive Online Editor and Staff Editor, Mississippi Law Journal
    • Outstanding Member Award,┬áNegotiation Board (2016-2017)
    • Arbitration National Champion, Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon, New York, NY (2016)
    • Top Negotiator Award -┬áSpring Competition, University of Mississippi School of Law (2015)
    • Outstanding Student Awards, Emerging Issues in Intellectual Property and Legal Writing & Research II
  • Mississippi State University  (A.B., 2014)
    • Pre-Law Society
    • Stennis Montgomery Association
    • Lambda Pi Eta
    • Chi Omega

Bar Admissions

  • New York


  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Rachel is a member of the Worship Team at Forefront Brooklyn Church, where she sings and plays guitar and bass.


  • "Business and the Defend Trade Secrets Act," Business Law Network Spring CLE (2017)
  • "Why Can't My Waiter Sing Happy Birthday: The Chilling Effect of Corporate Copyright Control," Mid-south Intellectual Property Institute: Student Scholarship Symposium (2016)