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Rachel Kunjummen Paulose

Partner, DLA Piper LLP
Rachel Paulose

Rachel Kunjummen Paulose is a litigation partner at the global law firm of DLA Piper LLP, with fifteen years of experience in high-level government positions.  When she was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota in 2006, Rachel became the first Indian American in American history to be nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to serve as a United States Attorney.  

Under Rachel’s leadership, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota recorded the highest number of prosecutions in its history, reflecting the collaborative hard work of law enforcement partners, attorneys, staff, and civic leaders.  Rachel also oversaw landmark prosecutions of white collar crime (including securities, health care, and public corruption cases), narcotics and firearms trafficking cartels, and civil commitment of sexual predators.  Rachel tripled child pornography prosecutions, doubled gun prosecutions, and initiated the first ever prosecutions of human trafficking and aggravated identity theft.

Among other positions in public service, Rachel served as a law clerk to Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge James B. Loken; Trial Attorney for the Voting Section, Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program; Assistant U.S. Attorney; Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General; Special Counsel for Health Care Fraud to the Deputy Attorney General; and Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States.  Rachel also served as Senior Trial Counsel at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.  Rachel worked as an associate at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C.

Rachel has first chaired jury and bench trials in federal court, briefed and argued cases before the federal appellate courts, and investigated multinational companies in complex parallel criminal and civil international proceedings.  She personally litigated, investigated, managed, and developed policy for cases involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; False Claims Act; white collar criminal and civil violations (including public corruption, securities, and health care); and commercial statutes.

Rachel has been active in community leadership by serving as a Director of the Yale Law School Fund, Scholarship Judge for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, Eighth Circuit Vice President of the Federal Bar Association, Co-Founder of the Federal Bar Association’s Diversity Committee, Director of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, American Bar Association Standing Committee Member on Silver Gavel Awards, Girls State Governor Advisor (after election as Girls State Governor of the largest such program in the nation), Director of the League of Women Voters, guest columnist for the Asian American Press, and frequent contributing author to the American Bar Association Preview of Supreme Court Cases.  In February 2015, Rachel was honored as one of the thirty leading Minnesota women history makers by the Chief Judge of the District and the Federal Bar Association in what is now a traveling court exhibit. In April 2016, Rachel’s biography was added to the Smithsonian Institution’s collection and featured in the Smithsonian’s collection, “Beyond Bollywood” to honor the stories of groundbreaking Indian Americans.

Rachel received her J.D. from the Yale Law School, where she was a Coker Fellow, Editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, and Commencement Standard Bearer.  Rachel graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, which she attended on full merit scholarships and where she was the Commencement Speaker, Chair of the Student Representatives to the Board of Regents, Harry S. Truman Scholar, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Rachel’s maternal grandfather, Daniel Arayil Kunjummen, immigrated to the United States in the 1960s from Kerala, India to study in seminary.  A fourth generation descendant of ministers, Rachel is the daughter of Joseph and Lucy Paulose of Hudson, Wisconsin.


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Publications and Multimedia
Kokesh v. SEC
Short video featuring Rachel Paulose
April 17, 2017
McDonnell v. US: Corruption or Federal Overreach?
Short video featuring Rachel Paulose
April 25, 2016
The Hijab Case
Short video with Rachel Paulose discussing EEOC v. Abercrombie
February 26, 2015
Warger v. Shauers - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 1-13-15 featuring Rachel Paulose
January 13, 2015
Warger v. Shauers - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 10-22-14 featuring Rachel Paulose
October 22, 2014
The Juror Dishonesty Case
Short video with Rachel Paulose discussing Warger v. Shauers
October 08, 2014