Associate Attorney

Practice Areas

Municipal Law
Municipal Litigation

Practice Description:

Rachael received her Bachelor of Arts from the prestigious Seven Sisters School, Smith College, in Northampton, Massachusetts. While there, she majored in Urban Sociology, minored in Landscape Studies, and worked for the College’s renowned Botanic Garden. Rachael subsequently received a Master of Science in Urban Planning from University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a concentration in Social, Policy, and Community planning. During that time, she was a lecturer for several undergraduate architecture and design classes; and also worked as a research assistant for several graduate professors. Rachael recently graduated from Texas A&M School of Law. During her studies she was a research assistant in Water Law and performed pro bono work related to fair housing. She is currently a part-time research fellow working on the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s compilation of international water laws, and a Post-Production Editor for a popular legal podcast funded by the National Science Foundation.

Rachael joined Messer, Rockefeller, & Fort as an Associate Attorney after clerking at the firm for two years. Currently, she works on various litigation matters, on a wide array of transactional and legal research, and as a municipal prosecutor.

In her spare time, Rachael keeps bees, brews beer, bakes bread, and performs landscaping.


J.D., Texas A&M School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas
M.S., Urban Planning, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
BA., Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts



  • Co-Author, Groundwater Laws and Regulations: A Preliminary Survey of Thirteen U.S. States, Texas A&M Univ. Sch. Of Law (Aug. 2017)
  • Documenting Changes in Traditional Gullah Land Use Patterns: A Case Study of St. Helena Island, South Carolina, Univ. Massachusetts Amherst (Dec. 2010)
  • Continuing Mapping and Eradication of Non-Natives on the Smith Campus, Women in Science, Smith College Science Center (Fall 2007)
  • Mapping and Eradication of Invasive Non-Native Plant Species at Smith College, Women in Science, Smith College Science Center (Fall 2006)