Approach

Rachel R. Bender is the founder and principal attorney of Bender Law, PLLC.

Rachel serves clients in the Greater Seattle Area, as well as throughout King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties. An experienced trial attorney, her passion is working closely with families, individuals, and businesses to protect their rights, their loved ones, and their financial future. Rachel offers a compassionate approach to legal advocacy and is a firm champion for her clients. Rachel has been recognized by peers and industry as a top attorney in Washington, being named Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine.

In addition to her law degree, Rachel has an undergraduate degree in English Linguistics, emphasizing in Sociolinguistics, and Community Health Education, as well as two years of Master’s-level research, coursework, and thesis focusing on Humanities and Cross-Cultural Studies.

Education

Seattle University School of Law – Juris Doctor

  • Pro Bono Pledge Program, Outstanding Service Award
  • Public Interest Law Foundation, Grant Recipient
  • ACLU Student Board, Vice-President

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

  • International English Honor Society, Officer

Recognition / Honors / Awards

  • Recognized as a Washington “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2018
  • Named one of the top women lawyers in the State of Washington by Seattle Met, 2018
  • Pro Bono Service Commendation by Washington State Bar Association, 2016/2017

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington Chapter
  • King County Bar Association
  • Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP), Volunteer Attorney
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Washington Women Lawyers
  • Greater Seattle Business Association
  • Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Business Network International, Education Coordinator

Publications & Presentations

  • Estate Planning Seminar Series (ongoing, monthly/quarterly)
  • Finances & Estate Planning: What You Need to Know Before You Get Married, Marriage & Money Seminar, 2016
  • Partnership & Shareholder Disputes From Start to Finish, National Business Institute, 2014
  • Domestic Violence & Gender Identity, Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Annual Conference at Reed College, 2012
  • International Adoption Laws & Domestic Violence, 18th Annual Conference for Research & Creative Arts, 2012
  • Women in Societies & Reproductive Justice in Texas, 17th Annual Conference for Research & Creative Arts, 2011
  • Diversity Pedagogy, English Composition & Counter-histories Roundtable, 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. Throughout college and graduate school, she volunteered with local nonprofits and dedicated herself to community-based activism. Rachel lives in West Seattle with her husband John and their dog, Philip. When she isn’t working, Rachel enjoys painting, cooking, spending time with family, and is a certified open water diver.