Rachel R. Bender is the founder and principal attorney of Bender Law, PLLC, located in the historic Pioneer Square of Seattle, Washington. She serves individual clients in a wide range of estate planning, elder law and family law matters. As a solo practitioner, she offers each client individual attention and legal counsel, and is dedicated to helping her clients protect their rights, their loved ones, and their financial future.

Approach

Rachel serves individuals and families in the Greater Seattle Area, as well as throughout King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties. Her passion is working closely with families and individuals to create a lasting estate plan that ensures your history, values, and legacy are passed on to the next generation. Rachel offers compassionate counseling and takes the time to answer any and all questions, and will keep you informed throughout every phase of your case. Unlike other firms, Rachel does not take a cookie-cutter approach to estate planning and never recommends a plan that exceeds what the client really needs; she works with her clients one-on-one to ensure that their estate plan is specifically tailored to fit the client’s individual needs.

Bar Admissions

  • Washington

Education

Seattle University School of Law – Juris Doctorate

– Pro Bono Pledge Program, Outstanding Service Awad

– Public Interest Law Foundation, Grant Recipient

– ACLU Student Board, Vice-President

University of Houston, Clear Lake – MA research, Humanities and Cross-Cultural Studies

– Women’s Studies Student Association, President; Vice-President

University of Houston – BA, with honors, English Linguistics and Community Health Education

– International English Honor Society, Officer

Professional Organizations

  • King County Bar Association
  • South King County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington Chapter
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Washington Women Lawyers

Presentations

Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Annual Conference – Reed College, Portland, OR

– Domestic Violence Laws,  2012

18th Annual Conference for Research & Creative Arts – Houston, TX

– International Adoption Laws, 2012

– Domestic Violence Laws, 2012

17th Annual Conference for Research & Creative Arts – Houston, TX

– Women in Societies, 2011

– Reproductive Laws in Texas, 2011

Rhetoric & Composition Roundtable – Houston, TX

– Diversity Pedagogy, 2010

Personal

Rachel credits her passion for the law to her grandparents, who taught her the importance of compassion and community service from an early age. By the time she was in junior high, Rachel decided she wanted to pursue a career in the legal field to focus on issues affecting families, women, and children. Throughout college and graduate school, she volunteered with local nonprofits and dedicated herself to community activism. Rachel moved to Seattle to attend law school, where she met her husband John. They currently live in West Seattle with their dog, Philip.