Rachel B. Cowen - McDermott Will & Emery


Rachel B. Cowen focuses her practice in various employment discrimination and wrongful termination cases in federal and state courts.

Rachel’s experience includes prosecuting and defending employee mobility and trade secret litigation on an emergency injunctive basis. She also counsels employers facing union organizing activity and picketing, and has successfully tried numerous cases before the National Labor Relations Board. She also handles collective bargaining and labor arbitrations. Additionally, Rachel represents financial services companies and professional engineering firms in unfair competition cases.

Rachel serves as the global co-head of McDermott’s Employment Practice Group.


  • Obtained $20 million for a multinational insurance company—one of the largest awards ever in a non-compete/raiding case*
  • Obtained a favorable defense verdict in whistleblower case on behalf of a multinational insurance company*
  • Prevailed in a FINRA arbitration on behalf of insurance company, where a highly compensated executive alleged U5 defamation*

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  • The Legal 500 US, 2020-2023
  • Thomson Reuters, Stand-out Lawyer – independently rated lawyers, 2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law – Management, 2022-2023
  • Benchmark Litigation, Labor & Employment Star. 2020
  • Chambers USA, 2019


  • College of Labor & Employment, fellow


Chicago-Kent College of Law, JD, with high honors, Order of the Coif, 1993
Eastern Illinois University, BA, 1990