Rachel A. Weitzman is an associate in the Orange County office of Gordon & Rees. Her practice focuses on a wide variety of civil litigation matters in the securities, maritime, banking and finance, and employment industries.
In her securities practice, Ms. Weitzman regularly defends brokerage firms, clearing firms, and associated persons in state and federal courts and in arbitrations before the securities industry’s self-regulatory organizations. Ms. Weitzman’s experience includes defense of claims involving unfair business practices, consumer claims for suitability and breach of fiduciary duty, and failure to supervise claims. In her maritime practice, Ms. Weitzman primarily represents shipowners and charterers, defending against claims involving cargo damage, personal injury, vessel arrests, maritime liens and breach of contract. She has also conducted maritime casualty investigations in the Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles.
In her banking and finance practice, she represents mortgage banking clients. She also has experience defending clients with regard to consumer and class action matters including claims under the FDCPA, TCPA, Rosenthal Act, and various state consumer protection laws. In her employment practice, Ms. Weitzman advises employers regarding compliance with California employment laws, and represents employers in judicial, arbitration and administrative proceedings. Her experience includes defense of claims for wrongful termination, breach of contract, retaliation, constructive discharge, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Ms. Weitzman received her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law. While in law school, Ms. Weitzman served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Mark Wallace of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, a legal clerk for the United States Attorney's Office in the Civil Division and as a legal clerk at the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Office of Chief Counsel in Washington, D.C.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)
Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA)
Intellectual Virtues Academy — Board of Directors