Spotlight on Rachel Moynihan

December 16, 2019

Rachel Moynihan joined the firm’s Boston office in 2016. She grew up between Hampstead, New Hampshire, and Newburyport, Massachusetts. She and her husband, whom she met on her first day of law school, have been married for 12 years. They have two children, Cate (age 10) and Will (age 7), and a 16.5 lb. Siamese cat named Frank Sinatra. The family resides in Exeter, which is tucked just over the Massachusetts border in New Hampshire’s small bit of seacoast.

“The kids are great travelers and we have reached a fun age where we are able to take some long airplane rides to see new places, and they still want to be around us (most of the time),” she says.

Rachel focuses her practice in commercial litigation, employment law, and product liability. Her experience includes handling a variety of business and commercial litigation matters, including employment, trade secret, real estate, and trust litigation. Rachel also handles professional liability matters in the defense of health care providers and institutions. She has extensive courtroom experience in prosecuting and defending claims in the state and federal courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Q&A

What led you to pursue a career in law?

My parents claim I liked to argue as soon as I could talk. This is likely true, as I did feel a pull to litigation very early on and even prior to college. My interest was solidified after working as an editor on my college’s law and public policy journal.

What do you enjoy most about your practice?

When hard work pays off in great results for clients. It’s the most rewarding part of the profession.

What’s your favorite pastime?

Sailing. I make decent crew and can tie a mean bowline.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I started playing the piano about 30 years ago and still play today. It’s a great way to unwind.

What do you do on the weekends?

When not attending soccer games, violin, or ice-skating lessons for the kids (the current slate of activities), in a free moment you will find me either beside or on the ocean in the summer months, and hibernating in the winter months.

What’s the best advice you have ever received?

Better to be prepared and not have an opportunity, than to have an opportunity and not be prepared. Paraphrased from Whitney Young, courtesy of my mother, when I was leaving for college. It applies to so many aspects of building yourself throughout life.

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