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Rachel L. Black is a highly focused and passionate attorney with over a decade of experience representing clients in their hour of greatest need. During her dynamic and diverse career, she has tried over 20 cases to verdict and litigated complex matters involving DNA and cell site evidence and arson investigation. Ms. Black’s clients have faced homicide and rape charges, mandatory life sentences, expulsion, and eviction and have avoided deportation, criminal conviction, and incarceration due to her representation.
She has successfully advocated on behalf of thousands of clients, often achieving previously unattainable resolutions. Certain legal issues are best addressed outside of the courtroom and Ms. Black also excels at investigation, mitigation, and negotiation. Detail-oriented and unrelenting, Ms. Black works tirelessly with investigators, social workers, and forensic experts to uncover overlooked facts relating to every case in her care to ensure her clients have every avenue of defense and offense available to them.
Ms. Black was competitively selected to serve as a criminal law expert for the International Legal Foundation to empower and develop the capacity of legal service providers in the West Bank and Tunisia. Her international work included trainings on cross-examination, developing practice standards and defense strategies, and challenging the government’s use of DNA and fingerprint analysis.
As Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Conviction Integrity and Special Investigations Unit, Ms. Black prosecuted high-level police officials for crimes ranging from rape to aggravated assault and conducted numerous proceedings before investigative grand juries. Ms. Black was also instrumental in training the incoming class of the Philadelphia Police Department on behalf of the District Attorney’s Office and was a key driver of the effort to reduce the prison population during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ms. Black received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and her law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she completed both the Human Rights & Genocide Clinic and the prestigious Criminal Defense Clinic. Ms. Black is admitted to practice in New York and Pennsylvania and is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She is a proud native New Yorker.