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, in addition to two years of Master’s-level research, coursework, and thesis focusing on Humanities and Cross-Cultural Studies.
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
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.