Rachel Wilkes Barchie




Rachel Wilkes Barchie's litigation practice covers a wide range of employment, intellectual property, and general business matters. Ms. Barchie defends employers against wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment, wage and hour claims, and counsels clients on employment issues, and drafts employment agreements and policies. She also prosecutes and defends cases for misappropriation of trade secrets, copyright and trademark infringement, breach of contract, fraud, and business torts. Ms. Barchie chairs the firm's Restaurant, Food & Beverage industry practice group and regularly advises restaurants on compliance with employment laws. 

In addition, Ms. Barchie dedicates a significant amount of time to pro bono and community work. She is a member of Greenberg Glusker’s pro bono committee. Previously, Ms. Barchie successfully represented a transgender person from Mexico seeking asylum and an elderly woman who was defrauded out of her house. She is active in ProVisors and sits on the Westwood group's executive committee.  Ms. Barchie is also President of the Board of Directors of Break the Cycle, the leading national nonprofit addressing teen dating violence.


Employment Experience

  • Successfully defended employer in a Labor Commissioner hearing where the former employee alleged unpaid commissions, wages and expenses; employee was awarded nothing
  • Represented world famous restaurateur, Michael Chow, in class action wage and hour claim alleging failure to provide meal and rest breaks and improper tip pooling
  • Represented Majestic Realty and Pacific Palms in wrongful termination and sexual harassment case.
  • Represented Logan Media in wage and hour claim alleging the misclassification of employees as independent contractors
  • Represented Ticketmaster in wrongful termination in violation of public policy and retaliation claim
  • Advise and represent numerous employers in matters involving trade secrets, covenants not to compete, and non-solicitation provisions
  •  Draft employment handbooks and agreements


General Litigation

  • Represented Costco in case alleging fraud and RICO violations; case was ultimately dismissed
  • Obtained a favorable result in arbitration regarding performance of a settlement agreement
  • Obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of a client whose company's trademark was infringed
  • Obtained a victory on behalf of a commercial landlord whose tenant claimed that it had exercised an option to extend the lease; after the landlord won at trial, the tenant was ordered to vacate the premises and pay outstanding rent and the landlord’s attorney fees


Professional Affiliations

  • Board President, Break the Cycle
  • Member, ProVisors 
  • Distinguished Pro Bono Service, California Bar Journal, September 2008


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