Rachel received her undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University, with a B.A. in Political Science, and double minors in Philosophy and History. An accomplished writer, Rachel received the distinguished James R. Shirley award for her research on the Soviet Union.
After graduation, Rachel enrolled in Northern Illinois University’s College of Law, where she served as the Symposium Editor for the Northern Illinois University Law Review and as Clerk for Phi Alpha Delta’s Dooley Chapter. Her Law Review article, Battle for Baby: Proposed Legislation for Custody Battles over Frozen Pre-Embryos, was published in the Asia Pacific Health Law & Ethics Journal in 2016.
During law school, Rachel served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Donald C. Hudson in the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District. Rachel researched case law and drafted judicial opinions on a variety of legal subjects, including armed robbery and criminal sentencing. Her experience as a judicial extern provided her with valuable training in legal writing and research.
Rachel joined the Law Offices of John J. Malm & Associates, P.C. as a law clerk in 2016 and continued working at the firm throughout the remainder of her law school tenure. She graduated with honors, earning her Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 2017, and joined the firm as an associate attorney.
Rachel has been active in the DuPage County Bar Association and has served as a member on the DCBA’s Civil Law committee and New Lawyers Division committee. She is currently the Vice Chair of the DCBA’s Personal Injury/Insurance Practice committee. As Vice Chair of the newly established Personal Injury/Insurance Practice committee, Rachel works with the committee and other personal injury attorneys to educate DCBA members on changes in the personal injury field through Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs. In addition to the many DCBA committees she serves on, Rachel is a member of the editorial board of the DCBA Brief, a journal published monthly by the DuPage County Bar Association.
In her free time, Rachel enjoys reading, crafting, and antiquing. She, along with her husband, Connor, enjoy raising and caring for their two dogs.
Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, Illinois, 2017
Symposium Editor and Member, Northern Illinois University Law Review | Phi Alpha Delta, Clerk and Member
B.A. in Political Science, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 2014
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2018
Illinois State Bar Association
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
DuPage County Bar Association
- Battle for Baby: Proposed Legislation for Custody Battles over Frozen Pre-Embryos, Asia Pacific Journal of Health Law & Ethics, Vol. 10, No. 1, December 2016, pg. 147-173.
- Willful and Wanton Conduct Under the Tort Immunity Act, DCBA Brief, Vol. 33, No. 1, September 2020, pg. 8-11.
- Examining the Government's Defenses: Strategic Pleading Decisions Involving the Tort Immunity Act , DCBA Brief, Vol. 34, No. 1, July/August 2021, pg. 14-19.
Rachel is dedicated to helping her clients obtain the compensation they deserve for their personal injuries. She seeks to keep her clients informed about their cases while working diligently to obtain fair and prompt resolution of their cases. Rachel devotes the time, energy, and resources needed to resolve her clients’ personal injury cases in a timely manner. Our team of personal injury lawyers offers a caring and compassionate approach to representing our clients throughout their cases. “When a client hires our firm, they can rest assured that they have found a litigation team that cares about their case.”
Rachel represents personal injury accident victims throughout Northern Illinois, including the following localities: DuPage County, Kane County, Cook County, Will County, DeKalb County, LaSalle County, Lee County, Ogle County, Stephenson County, Winnebago County, and Grundy County. Rachel also serves the following communities: Naperville, Aurora, Wheaton, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, Elgin, North Aurora, DeKalb, Sycamore, Rochelle, Rockford, Freeport, LaSalle, Oswego, Ottawa, Plainfield, Bolingbrook, and Joliet.