Rachel C. Bekerman

Associate

Rachel is a member of the Health Care Department. She concentrates her practice in medical and dental malpractice litigation, with a secondary focus on general liability matters. 

Rachel has defended physicians, dentists, optometrists, pharmacists, physical therapists,  nurses, medical and nursing directors, and other health care professionals, as well as hospitals and long-term care facilities, in malpractice matters throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She has also represented numerous commercial and residential property owners, general contractors, subcontractors, individuals, and insurers in personal injury and wrongful death matters. Rachel works in tandem with her clients to develop risk management and litigation strategies that best suit their needs and desired outcomes. She is also skilled in handling mediations and settlement negotiations and arbitrations.

Since the start of her legal career, Rachel has focused her practice on defense litigation. She has gained experience in a broad array of legal subjects through her work at two civil litigation firms prior to joining Marshall Dennehey, including premises liability, product liability, toxic tort, construction defect, construction accident, and insurance coverage matters. 

Rachel graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh. She subsequently received her juris doctor from the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, which she attended on a full inaugural scholarship. While in law school, Rachel was an editor of the Drexel Law Review and served as a legal fellow of the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. She also enjoyed internships with civil litigation firms, as well as the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and Delaware County District Attorney’s Office.

 

Published Works

"Back to the Future: A Lot at Stake for Both Sides in Venue Rule Change," The Legal Intelligencer, Medical Malpractice Supplement, April 9, 2019

"Will History Repeat Itself? Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Considers Rescission of Pivotal Medical Malpractice Venue Rule That Helped Resolve the State's Earlier Medical Malpractice Crisis," MDAdvisor, Winter 2019

“Recent Court Decision Potentially Expands Ability of Medical Malpractice Plaintiffs to Forum Shop in Philadelphia County,” Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 2, June 2018

Admissions
Pennsylvania
2013
New Jersey
2013
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court of New Jersey
Education
Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law (J.D., 2013)
University of Pittsburgh (B.A., summa cum laude, 2010)
Year joined
2017