Barnes & Thornburg LLP announced today that L. Rachel Lerman has joined the firm’s Litigation Department as a partner in the Los Angeles office. Previously, Lerman was a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

Lerman focuses her practice on appellate and trial strategy in complex civil cases. She has handled more than 100 appeals in state and federal courts nationwide in a broad range of practice areas, including commercial litigation, bankruptcy, patent, trademark and trade secret law, insurance, white collar, and family law.

“Rachel has a great deal of experience working with trial counsel and has more than 20 years of experience litigating complex matters and handling all aspects of state and federal appeals,” said Bill McErlean, chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. “Her arrival immediately strengthens our West Coast litigation capabilities and our national trial practice.”

“As our office continues to grow through the addition of impressive legal talent, we’re pleased to welcome a practitioner of Rachel’s caliber to the firm,” added David Allen, managing partner of Barnes & Thornburg’s Los Angeles office.


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