Rachel E. Phillips

Associate

Rachel’s practice focuses on defending governmental entities.  She is an active member of the Firm’s Transportation and Government Entities Practice Groups.

Prior to attending law school, Rachel worked as a paralegal for more than a year.  During law school, Rachel served as the Lead Executive Editor on the BYU Law Review.  She also worked as a mentor for first-year law students to help them adjust to life as a law student and as a teaching assistant for Legal Research and Writing.  She was the recipient of the J. Reuben Clark Award during her second year of law school.

Before joining the firm, Rachel received her J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 2017, graduating magna cum laude.  She served as an intern for Judge Jill N. Parrish with the U.S. District Court, District of Utah and for Justice Christine M. Durham of the Utah Supreme Court. Additionally, Rachel spent her first law school summer working as an intern at StevensVuaran, a law firm in Sydney, Australia. Rachel began working as a summer clerk for Snow Christensen & Martineau in the summer of 2015.  She clerked for Justice Pearce on the Utah Supreme Court for the August 2019 to August 2020 term.  She will be clerking for Judge David B. Barlow at the U.S. District Court, District of Utah beginning May 2021.

Education

  • J.D., Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark School of Law
  • B.A., Brigham Young University – Hawaii

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Utah State Bar
  • Wyoming State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Speaker, The Global Phenomenon of Cryptocurrencies, Utah Financial Planners Association, November 2018
  • Author, Reducing Driver Shortages, Utah Trucking Magazine, Fall 2018
  • Speaker, Five Ways to Protect Your Business, Utah Trucking Association, November 2018
  • Author, A Disaster By Any Other Name: Improving Assistance to States and Individuals During Long-Term Disasters, Environmental Law Reporter, May, 2017
  • Speaker, Utah Jury Verdicts & Settlements: The Good, The Bad, and The Really Bad, Utah Tort & Insurance Seminar, November, 2017

Unique Recognition – Education

  • Law School: Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark School of Law, 2017
    • Graduated magna cum laude
    • Lead Executive Editor, BYU Law Review, 2016–2017
    • Recipient, J. Reuben Clark Award, 2016
  • Judicial Internships:
    • Judge Jill N. Parrish, U.S. District Court, District of Utah
    • Justice Christine M. Durham, Utah Supreme Court
  • Judicial Clerkships:
    • Justice John A. Pearce, Utah Supreme Court
    • Judge David B. Barlow, U.S. District Court, District of Utah (Starting May 2021)
  • Undergraduate: Brigham Young University – Hawaii
    • Graduated summa cum laude

Spanish (moderate oral and written)

In her spare time, Rachel enjoys reading and spending time outdoors.