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Rachel M. Abanonu

Associate

Los Angeles - Downtown
Direct: (213) 270-9681
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Rachel M. Abanonu is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s downtown Los Angeles office. Her practice includes a variety of single-plaintiff and class action litigation, and involves defending employers in lawsuits alleging wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage and hour violations, and breach of contract. Ms. Abanonu also advises employers concerning various employment-related issues. Additionally, Ms. Abanonu engages in pro bono legal work, including representation of foster parents seeking retroactive and prospective state funding to care for their foster children.

Ms. Abanonu joined the firm initially as part of the Labor & Employment Department’s Fellowship program, an innovative training-focused program for law students and recent graduates with an affinity for Labor and Employment law. She has thus gained vital training and experience drafting position statements, summary judgment moving papers, motions to compel, demurrers, removals, petitions to compel arbitration, motions in limine and other critical employment litigation briefs.

While in law school, Ms. Abanonu was a research assistant for University of Southern California Gould School of Law Professor Abby K. Wood and served as a Senior Content Editor for the Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice. Before law school, Ms. Abanonu gained professional expertise in the insurance industry. She helped manage an insurance and financial services agency and honed her skills by providing quality customer service and customizing insurance policies for a wide range of clientele.

Rachel M. Abanonu is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s downtown Los Angeles office. Her practice includes a variety of single-plaintiff and class action litigation, and involves defending employers in lawsuits alleging wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage and hour violations, and breach of contract. Ms. Abanonu also advises employers concerning various employment-related issues. Additionally, Ms. Abanonu engages in pro bono legal work, including representation of foster parents seeking retroactive and prospective state funding to care for their foster children.

Ms. Abanonu joined the firm initially as part of the Labor & Employment Department’s Fellowship program, an innovative training-focused program for law students and recent graduates with an affinity for Labor and Employment law. She has thus gained vital training and experience drafting position statements, summary judgment moving papers, motions to compel, demurrers, removals, petitions to compel arbitration, motions in limine and other critical employment litigation briefs.

While in law school, Ms. Abanonu was a research assistant for University of Southern California Gould School of Law Professor Abby K. Wood and served as a Senior Content Editor for the Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice. Before law school, Ms. Abanonu gained professional expertise in the insurance industry. She helped manage an insurance and financial services agency and honed her skills by providing quality customer service and customizing insurance policies for a wide range of clientele.

Education

  • J.D., University of Southern California Gould School of Law (2018)
    Editor, Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice
    USC School of Law Merit Scholar

  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (2013)
    UCLA Alumni Association Scholar
    Regents Scholar

Admissions

  • California

Publications

  • Contributor, “ABA Recent Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation: Employee Mobility, Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets Chapter,” ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (2018)