Since joining the bar in 2008, Rachel Gallegos has enjoyed a well-earned reputation as an attorney who delivers results for clients while helping to shape the legal profession in Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
As a trial attorney at Steve Harvey Law since 2014, Rachel has successfully litigated numerous cases involving business, corporate, employment, and real estate disputes. She frequently litigates in the Pennsylvania courts of common pleas and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, including trials, hearings, and all aspects of discovery, motions practice, and settlement. Her notable work includes writing an amicus brief on behalf of Public Citizens for Children & Youth in support of the City of Philadelphia’s beverage tax as a measure to improve the education and health of the city’s children and working with a local community group to resolve a zoning dispute with a developer.
Prior to joining the firm, Rachel served as a law clerk to the Honorable Annette M. Rizzo (Ret.) of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. While at the Court of Common Pleas, Rachel helped to develop Philadelphia’s nationally renowned Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program, which has saved more than 11,000 homes from foreclosure action since its inception in 2008. Rachel then continued working for the program while serving as the Manager of Motions Court for Pennsylvania’s First Judicial District. Rachel also clerked for the Honorable John T. McNeill, III (Ret.), of Camden County Superior Court, New Jersey in 2006-2007.
Rachel is active in many public service activities. She serves (since 2012) as a board member of the Public Interest Law Center. She is Vice President of the Temple American Inn of Court. She is a past president of the Hispanic Bar Association. From 2013-2017 she served on the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Civil Gideon and Access to Justice Task Force, whose mission is to expand the right to counsel for low-income people in civil cases where basic human needs are at stake. She served on the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors from 2013-2016 and is a past chair of the Real Property Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Additionally Rachel was appointed by Mayor Jim Kenney to the Licenses and Inspections Review Board, where she served from 2015-2018.
Rachel maintains an active pro bono practice. She provides legal services through several public service organizations including the Public Interest Law Center Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP). Her pro bono work includes adoption, tax, deed preparation, mortgage foreclosure defense, and tangled title matters.
Rachel has lectured extensively on the Philadelphia Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program. She has presented on panels with Judges, consumer advocates, lender attorneys, banking executives, and housing experts. Most notably, Rachel presented before the Delaware House Judiciary Committee regarding instituting a state-wide program, as well as participated in Vice President Biden’s Middle Class Task Force efforts in Washington D.C.
PRO BONO & PUBLIC SERVICE
Rachel volunteers with Philadelphia VIP in a variety of matters, including adoption, tax, and deed preparation. In addition, she is a board member of the Public Interest Law Center, and a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Civil Gideon Task Force as well as the Board of Governors. Rachel is also a member of Temple American Inn of Court, Philadelphia Bar Association, Villanova Law Alumni Board, and the Hispanic Bar Association.
2013 Legal Intelligencer Diverse Attorney of the Year
2013 American Inn of Court Pegasus Scholar
2011 Legal Intelligencer Lawyer on the Fast Track
2009 First Judicial District Employee of the Year
2006 Faculty Recognition Award- Villanova University School of Law
2004 Public Interest Fellowship Recipient – Villanova University School of Law
B.A. 2002, cum laude, Clemson University
- Varsity Women’s Soccer Four Year Letter Winner
J.D. 2006, Villanova University School of Law
- Moot Court Board
- Director of the Public Interest Fellowship Program
2006-2007 Law Clerk to Hon. John T. McNeill, III., Camden County Superior Court, New Jersey
2007-2010 Law Clerk to Hon. Annette M. Rizzo, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, Pennsylvania
Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania.
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania