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Rachel E. Simons

Attorney at Law

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Education / Associations

  • Rachel attended McGeorge School of Law.
  • Rachel graduated second in her class, earning her Juris Doctorate with Great Distinction.
  • She received a Capital Lawyering concentration and was on the Dean’s List each year.
  • She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Traynor Society.
  • She attended undergrad at San Diego State University, double-majoring in Journalism and Political Science.

Biography

Rachel joined Goyette & Associates in 2017 as a full-time law clerk, while she attended McGeorge School of Law in the evening. Rachel passed the July 2018 California Bar Exam and became an attorney at Goyette & Associates in December 2018.

At McGeorge School of Law, Rachel graduated second in her class, earning her Juris Doctorate with Great Distinction. She received a Capital Lawyering concentration and was on the Dean’s List each year. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Traynor Society. She attended undergrad at San Diego State University, double-majoring in Journalism and Political Science.

Legal Expertise

At Goyette & Associates, Rachel is in the Civil Litigation Department, working mostly with partners Paul Goyette and Gary Goyette on cases in both federal and state court. Rachel handles and is engaged in all aspects of civil litigation, including drafting pleadings, issuing and responding to written discovery, making and opposing motions, conducting and analyzing legal research, and preparing for both deposition and trial testimony. In representation of Defendants, she has already successfully had claims dismissed in federal court, initiated Cross Complaints in Superior Court, and prepared for other claims compelled to private arbitration and mediation. Rachel’s attention to detail, along with her skill at addressing the variety of concerns raised by clients, helps provide successful representation in the Goyette & Associates Civil Litigation Department.

Additional Experience

Prior to joining Goyette & Associates, Rachel worked in and around the California State Assembly for over five years, where she gained immeasurable legislative and political experience.

Rachel is licensed to practice in all state courts and in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of California.

Rachel was born in Ventura County but attended high school in Sacramento.

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Resources

California Courts Not Sympathetic To Employee Claims on PEPRA Pension Issues

By: Paul Goyette A recent string of California Superior Court and Court of Appeals Decisions indicate a clear trend to decline various employee and employer organization challenges to PEPRA. PEPRA is a form of pension reform law that was passed in 2012 and became effective January 1, 2013. PEPRA made several changes to the California public sector pension systems....

Voided Appointment Overturned for California State Employee

Attorney Brett Sherman of Goyette & Associates successfully represented a State of California Employee in the overturning of a voided appointment. Employee X* was promoted to a Staff Services Manager I (SSM) position within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 2007. Employee X worked in that capacity until 2013, at which time Employee X...

2017: A Year in Review

by: Nicole Valentine It would be an understatement to say that 2017 was one of the most rewarding years in my practice as a criminal, labor, and licensing attorney. Below are some of the most notable results I achieved for my clients in each of these areas: One of the most important highlights of this year was when I won a client a full dismissal of all counts of an...

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