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Rachel M. Sanders

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Rachel M. Sanders is senior counsel in the Los Angeles office where her practice focuses on all aspects of business litigation, with an emphasis on commercial real estate litigation. Rachel represents purchasers, sellers, lessees and lessors, developers and owners, and has extensive experience prosecuting and defending large-scale contract and partnership disputes. She has obtained favorable outcomes for her clients both inside and outside of the courtroom, including at jury trials and through successful summary judgment motions. Rachel also has extensive experience with lending-related litigation, including bankruptcy adversary matters.

Rachel is a member of the firm's Pro Bono Committee as well as the firm's Community Outreach Committee. Prior to joining Allen Matkins, Rachel worked as a staff attorney at The Alliance for Children's Rights in the NextStep Program for transition-aged foster youth. In that position she obtained benefits for disabled youth and participated in legislative and systemic responses to the needs of youth aging out of the foster care system. Prior to that, she worked as an associate in the Corporate & Securities Practice Group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.


  • Executive Committee member and Secretary of the Real Property Section, LACBA
  • Member of the National Cannabis Bar Association
  • Member of the Innovations Program Committee, Town Hall Los Angeles


  • The Alliance for Children's Rights, member of Friends of the Alliance, and pro bono attorney
  • Public Counsel, pro bono attorney
  • Bet Tzedek, pro bono attorney


Rachel received her B.A. in film & digital media and literature with a minor in legal studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2005. She received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2008, where she was an articles editor at the Wisconsin Law Review and treasurer of the moot court team. While at UW, Rachel also participated in the Criminal Appeals Clinical Program and the Indigenous Law Students Association.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Wisconsin