About Rachel

Rachel Thomas began her legal career in the Nashville District Attorney’s Office, where she had sole responsibility for handling approximately 16,000 criminal cases.  During her five years in the District Attorney’s Office, Rachel managed a large case load, including murder, rape, domestic violence, drug conspiracy, violent robbery, kidnapping, and carjacking cases. She served as lead counsel in many jury and non-jury trials. This wealth of courtroom experience serves as the basis for Rachel’s confidence in any Middle Tennessee courtroom.

Rachel’s civil litigation background is also diverse, as she practiced at one of Nashville’s leading commercial litigation law firms. During these years of practice, she worked on securities fraud class action cases and other commercial disputes, including a wide variety of contract disputes involving physician practice agreements, non-compete and non-disparagement employment agreements, joint venture agreements involving the corrections system and technology industry, and music industry disputes involving concert tours and song production.

She opened the Law Office of Rachel Thomas in order to combine her courtroom and business experience into a predominately family law practice. Family law has become Rachel’s primary area of practice and expertise, and she plans to spend the duration of her legal career as a family law practitioner.

Rachel has garnered recognition for her legal work as follows:

Nashville Business Journal Forty Under Forty

2014 Nashville Business Journal Forty Under Forty honoree, an award recognizing forty of Nashville’s professionals under forty-years-old deemed to be making a difference in their companies and community.

Super Lawyers

2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Super Lawyers Mid-South Rising Star

Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society

Board member of the Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society and 2015 Events Committee Chair

Nashville Bar Association

Past Co-Chair of the Nashville Bar Association’s Criminal Law & Criminal Justice Committee.

Education & Experience

Rachel graduated cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2008, where she wrote for the Transactions business journal, served as head research assistant to a constitutional law professor, was selected and served as an Advanced Legal Research teacher’s assistant, and participated in the University of Tennessee’s legal clinic as a student attorney.  Prior to attending law school, she worked on the Tennessee Speaker of the House’s legislative staff for two legislative sessions.  Rachel received her undergraduate degree in 2003 from the University of Virginia.

Memberships

Paralegal

Samantha Kline is originally from Eastern Kentucky, but she has been in Nashville for over a decade since moving here to attend David Lipscomb University as an undergraduate student. Samantha received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Lipscomb with a major in Biology and a double minor in Chemistry and Psychology. During her time at Lipscomb, Samantha particularly enjoyed participating in medical mission trips to Guatemala. After graduating from Lipscomb, Samantha worked at another local attorney’s office. It was during this time that she gained interest in the legal field and decided that she wanted to pursue a long-term career in the field.

Samantha has always enjoyed serving in leadership roles and helping people work through adversity. She was a Board Member on the Pike County Youth Leadership Council and a trainer for Sean Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.” These experiences have transferred into her professional life and helped her bring positivity and resolve to families working through trying times.

As Rachel’s full-time paralegal, Samantha works closely with clients and helps coordinate nearly every phase of litigation—including filing a complaint (or answer), propounding and responding to discovery, and preparing for mediation and trial. Samantha is patient and kind, but also has a keen understanding of family law issues. She is an invaluable part of the Law Office of Rachel Thomas.