Rachel Wainer Apter

Senior Associate
Supreme Court and Appellate

Rachel Wainer Apter is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice. 

Ms. Wainer Apter has been a lead drafter on dozens of briefs in federal and state appellate tribunals and in the U.S. Supreme Court.  Her work spans a wide range of subject areas, including constitutional law, employment law, patent law, contract law, bankruptcy law and antitrust law.  Recent matters include a federal appellate court victory in a design patent infringement case, representing the City of Los Angeles in City of Los Angeles v. Patel, and a trial court victory in a case brought by DHL at the intersection of antitrust and bankruptcy law.  

Prior to joining Orrick, Ms. Wainer Apter served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Chief Judge Robert Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Ms. Wainer Apter sits on the selection committee of the Immigrant Justice Corps, the country's first fellowship program dedicated to meeting the need for high-quality legal assistance for immigrants seeking citizenship and fighting deportation.

Rachel Apter
Select Publications
  • Note, “Institutional Constraints, Politics, and Good Faith: A Case Study of School Finance Reform in Massachusetts,” 17 Cornell J. L. & Pub. Pol’y 621 (2009).
Admitted In
  • New York
  • New Jersey
Court Admissions
Supreme Court of the United States
  • Second Circuit
  • Ninth Circuit
  • Federal Circuit

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2007
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, History, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2002
  • Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Hon. Robert Kazmann, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Hon. Jed Rakoff, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

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