Rachel Saimons focuses her practice on litigation, including Native American Affairs and Labor & Employment-related matters. Ms. Saimons has represented tribes and tribal entities in litigation before state, federal, and tribal courts in a variety of matters, including water issues, sovereign immunity, employment and contractual disputes, defense of tribes and tribal officials against allegations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and disputes with municipalities. She has also advised tribes on treaty-rights issues and compliance with state and local laws.
Ms. Saimons also has experience advising and defending private employers against wrongful discharge, breach of contract, discrimination, and wage and hour claims. She has also successfully represented employers before state and federal agencies.
During law school, Ms. Saimons served as Managing Editor of the Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. She also served as an extern for the Labor & Employment Division of the Seattle City Attorney’s Office and as a summer intern in the Flagstaff, Arizona office of DNA People’s Legal Services, a nonprofit legal aid organization that provides free civil legal assistance, advice and representation in U.S. and tribal courts.
Ms. Saimons was recognized as a "Rising Star" in 2019 and 2020 for Native American Law by Super Lawyers magazine. She was recognized in 2021 as one of the "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch" for Labor and Employment Litigation by The Best Lawyers in America®.
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University of Washington School of Law, J.D. (2013)
Western Washington University, B.A., Sociology, Minor in French (2008)
Washington State Courts
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Disability Rights Washington, Volunteer Attorney and Development Committee Member
Washington State Bar Association Indian Law Section, Past Trustee (2015-2018)
Purrfect Pals, Past Board Member
Yakima Humane Society, Past Board Member
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