Rachel E. Schwartz

Kansas City - Partner | 816-714-7125 (Direct) | schwartz@stuevesiegel.com

Rachel has significant litigation experience in courts across the country, where her practice focuses on antitrust and securities litigation.  As a result of her work, Rachel has been repeatedly recognized as one of the  "Local Litigation Stars" for the State of Missouri by Benchmark Plaintiffs and recognized by her peers as a Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyer from 2013 to the present. Most recently, Rachel was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers® in America from 2015 to the present in the field of Litigation-Securities. In 2015, Rachel was invited to become a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America.

Rachel was born in Illinois and raised in Lawrence, Kansas. Rachel received her B.A. with honors in Political Science, Economics and American Studies from the University of Kansas, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was an Associate Editor of the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform. After practicing law in Dallas for three years, Rachel joined Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP in 2004 and was elected to the Firm's partnership as an equity partner in 2008.

Rachel is active in her community and in bar associations.  Rachel is currently the Secretary/Treasurer for the Federal Courts Advocates Section of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and the Kansas City Regional Vice President for the local chapter of the Federal Bar Association.  For more than seven years, Rachel served on the Board of Directors of DEBATE-- Kansas City, an organization dedicated to providing debate opportunities to schools located in Kansas City's urban core. She is a member of KCMBA, the Lawyers' Association of Kansas City, the American Bar Association and the Texas Bar Association. Rachel has a Life Membership in the University of Kansas Alumni Association.

  • EXPERIENCE
  • HONORS & AWARDS
  • EDUCATION
  • BAR ADMISSIONS
  • COMMUNITY

RECENT LITIGATION HIGHLIGHTS

Mortgage Backed Securities Litigation. Rachel currently represents a federal agency in multiple lawsuits alleging that mortgage backed securities were sold as safe investments, but were in fact far riskier than represented.  These cases are currently pending in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas.

Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc., et al. v. United Egg Producers, et al. - Rachel represented Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc., and local grocery stores in an antitrust lawsuit against twenty egg producers and egg industry trade groups for artificial inflation of egg prices.  The lawsuit alleged that defendants engaged in a conspiracy designed to increase the price for eggs in violation of the Kansas Restraint of Trade Act. In March 2012, Rachel successfully argued against motions to dismiss filed by twenty defendants. After nearly four years of litigation, on September 2, 2014, Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP successfully resolved this litigation.

Seaboard Corporation v. Marsh Inc. et al. Rachel represented Seaboard Corporation in litigation filed in the District Court of Johnson County, Kansas, involving anticompetitive bid-rigging conduct between Seaboard's insurance broker and insurance companies.  In 2010, Rachel successfully argued against the motion to dismiss filed by defendants, which was denied in its entirety. 

Seaboard Corporation et al. v. Grindrod Limited et al. Rachel successfully represented Seaboard Corporation, Seaboard Overseas Limited and Seaboard Overseas Trading and Shipping (Proprietary) Limited (collectively Seaboard) against Grindrod Limited, the largest logistics and shipping company in South Africa, and related entities. Plaintiffs alleged multiple causes of action, including fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, misappropriation of corporate opportunities, tortious interference and civil conspiracy, based upon actions taken by one of Seaboard's former officers and directors, who attempted to raid Seaboard of its key employees and force the transfer of Seaboard's highly profitable overseas trading and shipping business for a price far below fair market value. Plaintiffs intended to seek more than $100 million at trial in actual and punitive damages. Approximately six weeks before a three week jury trial was to begin in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri, this lawsuit settled. Discovery in this lawsuit spanned multiple continents, including two full weeks of depositions in South Africa.

Heartland Surgical Specialty Hospital LLC v. Midwest Division, Inc. Rachel prosecuted a groundbreaking Sherman Act Section 1 antitrust lawsuit on behalf of Heartland Surgical Specialty Hospital, a physician-owned acute care hospital in Kansas. Heartland claimed that the dominant hospital systems in the Kansas City metropolitan area conspired among themselves and with the dominant managed care organizations in the region to prevent Heartland from obtaining in-network managed care contracts. Heartland also alleged that the defendants tortiously interfered with Heartland's ability to obtain these managed care contracts. Following three years of intense litigation, including nearly 100 depositions and the exchange of over two million pages of documents, Heartland settled with all defendants. 

From 2004 to 2009, Rachel successfully prosecuted multiple software licensing, trademark and copyright cases on behalf of Overlap, Inc., a Kansas City software company, against multiple, national securities firms.  These defendants provided access to the client's proprietary software to thousands of financial advisors across the country, in violation of the client's software license and intellectual property rights. 

In 2005, Rachel successfully appealed a decision by the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri granting summary judgment in an employment retaliation lawsuit. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed the District Court and remanded the lawsuit back for further proceedings.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Co-Presenter for the local chapter of the Federal Bar Association’s CLE at the United States District Court for the District of Kansas entitled “Scientific Evidence in Federal Litigation,” June 10, 2016

Panel member for 2015 National Conference for the Federal Court Clerks Association for session entitled “Viewpoint from the Bar,” June 24, 2015

Panel Member for LAKC's CLE entitled "Predictive Coding Technology: The Benefits and Pitfalls of this Hotly Debated E-Discovery Review Tool," June 8, 2012 CLE

Co-Moderator for the FCAS Bench & Bar Dialogue CLE entitled "More Parties, More Problems?  The Unique Challenges of Complex, Multiparty Civil and Criminal Litigation," September 13, 2012 

 

PROFESSIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Rachel graduated from Lawrence High School, where she was recognized as a National Merit Finalist.  In 1998, she received her B.A. with honors in Political Science, Economics and American Studies from the University of Kansas, where she was a graduate of the Honors Program and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board.  While at KU, Rachel was an elected Student Senator for three years, received the Chancellor's Alexis F. Dillard Student Involvement Award and was selected as the University of Kansas' Outstanding Greek Senior in 1998.  In 2001, Rachel obtained her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was an Associate Editor for the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform.

After graduating from law school, Rachel began her legal career in the Dallas, Texas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP on the complex litigation trial team.  In 2004, Rachel joined Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP and was elected to the Firm's partnership as an equity partner in 2008.

 

Missouri, 2004

Kansas, 2004

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2001
J.D.
Associate Editor of the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform

University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1998

B.A. in Political Science, Economics and American Studies

Phi Beta Kappa; Mortar Board; Honors Program graduate; Chancellor's Alexis F. Dillard

Student Involvement Award University of Kansas' Outstanding Greek Senior - 1998


Best Lawyers® in America - Litigation-Securities, 2015 - 2017

Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer, 2013- 2016

Missouri & Kansas Rising Star, 2011 & 2012

Local Litigation Star for the State of Missouri - Benchmark Plaintiffs, 2013-2015

Litigation Counsel of America Fellow, 2015

 

United States District Court for the District of Kansas

                Bench-Bar Committee, 2013-2015

                Merit Selection Panel for the Kansas City Magistrate Judge Vacancy, 2013

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Federal Courts Advocates Section

                Secretary/Treasurer, 2016-2017

                Senior Member-at-Large, 2014-2016

                Junior Member-at-Large, 2013-2014

                CLE Committee Co-Chair for the District of Kansas, 2012-2013

 Federal Bar Association, Kansas and Western District of Missouri Chapter

                Kansas City Regional Membership Vice President, 2013-present

 DEBATE-Kansas City

                Board of Directors, 2007-2014

 

 

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