Rachel Kerner


I help clients navigate government investigations, and also solve problems related to white collar crime and complex commercial disputes.

Rachel Kerner represents individual and corporate clients in a broad range of civil disputes. Her practice focuses on general litigation matters, complex commercial disputes, white collar crime and government investigations, and evaluating risk in certain employment issues. She has experience litigating at the state and federal level.

Rachel is also active in the firm’s pro bono program, working with clients on domestic violence matters, and with legal services organizations in connection with a variety of civil rights issues, including litigating excessive force cases and working on behalf of criminal defendants.

Rachel graduated law school with a concentration in Business and Commercial Law. During law school, she interned with the Women’s Bar Foundation, Family Law Project; Takeda Oncology; and a Boston-based firm. She also served as a Teaching Assistant for Torts and Contracts, and as a student attorney in Northeastern’s Domestic Violence Clinic. 


  • Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 2018
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 2015

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit


  • Represented companies in state attorney general investigations in connection with fraud and Chapter 93A claims, including defending against an enforcement action and in responding to subpoenas.
  • Represented companies in the healthcare space in false claims act litigation.
  • Conducted internal investigation for educational institution.
  • Served as counsel to a DOJ- and SEC-appointed monitor of major international financial institution with responsibilities including investigation and assessment of compliance program.
  • Represented hospitality industry investment management company and leadership in Delaware Court of Chancery in connection with non-competition, fiduciary duties, and trade secrets dispute with major fast-casual restaurant chain.
  • Filed multiple amicus briefs with the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts on behalf of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers seeking to remedy harms suffered by defendant victims of the Massachusetts Dookhan/Farak drug lab scandal.

Foley Hoag Publications

Publication 04/01/2021

Honors & Involvement

  • High Honor, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, 2019 and 2020
  • Foley Hoag Women Associates Affinity Group, Co-Chair
  • Women’s Bar Association