Rachel Tuchman



  • B.A., Amherst College, 2011
  • magna cum laude
  • J.D., Yale Law School 2017


  • Hon. Susan L. Carney, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Hon. Nicholas G. Garaufis, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Fellowships, Leadership & Recognition

  • Ford Foundation Fellow, ACLU LGBT Project
  • LGBT Director, Yale Civil Rights Project
  • Reproductive Justice Fellow, Yale Law Information Society Project

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York
  • New York


Rachel Tuchman is an associate at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP.

Rachel was one of the original associates at Kaplan Hecker, and rejoined the firm after clerking for the Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the Honorable Susan L. Carney of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. At Kaplan Hecker, Rachel’s practice focuses on both commercial and public interest litigation at both the trial and appellate level. Rachel specializes in representing clients on significant and sensitive matters pertaining to gender discrimination and harassment in education and workplace settings.

Rachel has been the lead associate on advising a large media corporation on the creation and implementation of human resource policies to help ensure a fair and unbiased workplace and led the associate team on Kaplan Hecker’s representation of an Ivy League University in a Title IX lawsuit that successfully settled in mediation. Rachel has gained expertise in guiding organizations through internal investigations; developing internal and external communications strategies, including providing advice on publicity; reviewing compliance structures to identify other areas of risk; and revamping policies, procedures and practices to ensure that, to the extent applicable, issues that may have contributed to a crisis do not recur.

Rachel is also thrilled to work on significant public interest matters at Kaplan Hecker. Rachel has worked closely on the Charlottesville litigation and was the lead associate on a defamation lawsuit representing a woman sued by Brett Ratner, famed Hollywood producer, for speaking out and sharing her #MeToo story. Rachel also represented an individual sharing her #MeToo story about former New York Attorney General Schniederman. Through this work, Rachel was a key player in launching the national organization, Times Up, which, in part, helps fund litigation supporting individuals speaking up about sexual harassment and gender misconduct.

Before joining Kaplan Hecker, Rachel worked on a range of significant public interest litigation matters. As a legal fellow for the Campaign for Southern Equality, Rachel collaborated closely with Robbie Kaplan on groundbreaking LGBT litigation in the South. Rachel is a graduate of Yale Law School, where as a member of the Yale Veterans Legal Service Clinic, she argued in the Federal Circuit to advocate for sexual assault survivors in the military and represented a veterans group seeking to protect veterans against predatory for-profit colleges. Through fellowships with the ACLU and the Information Society Project, she crafted both constitutional and statutory arguments and has devoted significant energy to working on some of the most pressing challenges on the forefront of Title IX regulation and enforcement. Rachel has also completed cutting-edge legal research with thought leaders including Reva Siegel and Linda Greenhouse regarding advances in litigation on reproductive justice and LGBT rights. Rachel is a graduate of the Yale Law School and Amherst College. Prior to the law, she taught as a first grade teacher in New York City.

Read about Rachel Tuchman in our Newsroom

Published on: January 6, 2021

Hundreds of Harvard, Yale law alums sign petitions critical of Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley

Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP associate Rachel Tuchman organized hundreds of Yale Law School alumni to publicly denounce fellow alumnus Senator Josh Hawley for the "bare-faced assault on our democracy... Read More
Published on: December 17, 2020

Implementing Lasting Changes for Gender Equality in the Workplace

Kaplan Hecker & Fink partner Julie Fink and associate Rachel Tuchman have an op-ed in Bloomberg Law today, outlining how companies can learn from the impact of the pandemic to promote gender... Read More
Published on: September 3, 2020

INSIGHT: #TimesUp During Covid-19—Private Sector’s Role in Mitigating Gender Equality Crisis

Roberta "Robbie" Kaplan and Rachel Tuchman wrote in Bloomberg Law about the disparate impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on women in the workplace, and about the steps that private companies can... Read More