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Rachel E. Nordby is a partner in the Tallahassee office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is Vice-Chair of the Appellate Practice Group.

Before joining Shutts & Bowen, Rachel served as the Senior Deputy Solicitor General for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. In this role, she represented the State, its agencies, and public officials in cases involving constitutional challenges and issues of statewide impact. She has served as counsel of record in various matters before the United States Supreme Court and has argued in the federal courts, including an en banc argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Rachel has argued numerous high-profile cases before the Florida Supreme Court and Florida’s District Courts of Appeal. Rachel also provided trial support to program units within the Office of the Attorney General, including state programs, revenue litigation, and complex litigation.

Rachel’s appellate court experience also includes service as a judicial law clerk for Judge Bradford Thomas of the Florida Court of Appeals for the First District.

Education

  • Florida State College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2008
    • Order of the Coif
    • Editor-In-Chief, Florida State University Law Review, 35
    • Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law
    • Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Florida Law Students
  • University of Florida, B.A., Classical Studies, summa cum laude, 2003
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • All Florida Courts
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Professional and Civic Activities

  • The Florida Bar
    • Appellate Court Rules Committee, 2016 – Present
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2013 – 2016
    • Appellate Practice Section
    • Government Lawyers Section
  • Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims
    • Direct Gubernatorial Appointee, March 2010 – Present
  • First District Appellate Inn of Court, Executive Committee
  • Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, Tallahassee Lawyers Chapter
    • Steering Committee, 2012 – Present
  • Tallahassee Women Lawyers, Immediate Past-President
    • President, 2017 – 2018
    • President-Elect, 2016 – 2017
    • Secretary, 2015 – 2016
    • Director, 2014 Judicial Reception

Recognition

  • Florida Trend Legal Elite, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Appellate Law, 2019

Presentations

  • Panelist, 2018 Annual Education Program of the Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges, Emerging Trends in the Practice of Law, September 2018
  • Panelist, Practicing Before the Florida Supreme Court, Panel on Oral Argument, June 2018
  • Panelist, First District Appellate Inn of Court, Florida’s Office of the Solicitor General: 20 Years, January 2018
  • Panelist, Appellate Practice Section Monthly Telephonic CLE, Reply Briefs, March 2016
  • Panelist, Appellate Practice Section Tallahassee Outreach CLE, Reply Briefs, March 2016
  • Moderator, Practicing Before the Florida Supreme Court, Panel on Discretionary Review, June 2014
  • Panelist, Practicing Before the Florida Supreme Court, Panel Discussion on Briefs in Support and in Opposition to Requests for Discretionary Review; Ethics, June 2013
  • Panelist, Practicing with Professionalism, Young Lawyers Professionalism Panel, Fall 2014 & Fall 2013

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Publications

  • “Florida’s Office of the Solicitor General: The First Ten Years,” 37 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 2019 (2009)
  • “Off of the Pedestal and Into the Fire: How Phillips Chips Away at the Rights of Site-Specific Artists,” 35 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 167 (2007)