Rachael Zichella, Litigation, Employment, Labor Attorney

Rachael Lee Zichella

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rzichella@taylorenglish.com
678.336.7246
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The depth of experience and talent of my colleagues, and their practical approach to litigation, drew me to Taylor English. We offer seasoned, sophisticated counsel at client-friendly rates. I can’t think of a better service to bring to the Atlanta legal market.

Rachael Lee Zichella practices both commercial litigation and labor and employment law at Taylor English, where she is a partner with more than a decade of experience representing corporations, boards of directors, and individuals in complex matters. She regularly appears nationwide in federal and state courts, and in arbitration, and litigates matters through trial, which she greatly enjoys.

The Taylor English model allows Ms. Zichella to cultivate an efficient, pragmatic legal practice that encompasses a wide range of complicated commercial disputes involving: the enforcement and invalidation of restrictive covenants agreements; theft of confidential information and trade secrets; the misuse of intellectual property; computer systems protection; fiduciary issues; breaches of commercial contracts; defamation; employee malfeasance, including fraud; shareholder derivative issues; subprime and credit markets; Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) top hat plan disputes; franchise disputes; the management and administration of construction contracts; and financial transactions. She also litigates traditional employment discrimination and wage and hour matters, and defends clients in charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and other administrative bodies. Skilled in the use of computer forensics evidence, Ms. Zichella’s cases typically require the use of outside vendors to assist in the collection, processing, review, and production of large amounts of electronically stored information (“ESI”) culled from various sources. Ms. Zichella also assists other Taylor English attorneys in working with clients and outside vendors to develop protocols for document review and production that leverage cutting edge technology to minimize client costs. 

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Zichella collaborates with clients on key legal and business objectives. To that end, she helps clients develop data security initiatives to protect their intellectual property and proprietary information from bad actors inside and outside the workplace, and from cyber attacks. She also works with clients on preventive strategies for compliance with federal and state employment laws, including, without limitation, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and others. In a similar vein, she frequently conducts internal investigations, and has most recently probed allegations of harassment; fraud; antitrust laws; and the False Claims Act.

Ms. Zichella also regularly negotiates and drafts employment and restrictive covenants agreements for both executives and corporations, and works with the Taylor English corporate attorneys on executive compensation and employment and litigation-related aspects of major transactions, including due diligence.

Since she joined the State Bar of Georgia in 2004, Ms. Zichella has been an active participant in its educational and charitable endeavors. She presently serves as one of the founding co-chairs of the e-Discovery and the Use of Technology Section of the Georgia Bar, which develops programming to educate and train Georgia lawyers across practice areas about all facets of legal technology and e-discovery, including the tools and applications; best practices and procedures; applicable rules and laws; and ethical considerations. She is also a member of the Georgia Appleseed Young Professionals Council.

Prior to joining Taylor English, Ms. Zichella worked in the Labor and Employment and Complex Business Litigation groups at Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, a general practice firm, and at Fisher & Phillips LLP, a national management-side labor and employment firm.

In her spare time, Ms. Zichella enjoys live music, hiking, yoga, art museums, and traveling just about anywhere.

Memberships

State Bar of Georgia

Federal Bar Association

State Bar of Georgia, e-Discovery and the Use of Technology Section, Founding Co-Chair

State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers’ Division Labor & Employment Section, Past Co-Chair

Piedmont College, Adjunct Professor of Labor & Employment Law, MBA Program, Spring 2011

Community Involvement

The East Lake Foundation and The Drew Charter School, Literacy Volunteer

Foreign Languages

Newsroom

Publications

Education

University of Florida, Levin College of Law, JD, cum laude, Pro Bono Certificate, 2004

Vanderbilt University, BA, English Literature and Spanish Literature, magna cum laude, 2000

Recipient of the James Elmo Overall Scholarship and Fernandez-Pugh Scholarship for Study Abroad

Bar Admissions

Georgia

Courts & Adjudicative Bodies

Georgia State Courts

Georgia Superior Courts

Court of Appeals of Georgia

Supreme Court of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

Accolades

Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2013-2016

State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers’ Division Award of Achievement for Outstanding Service to the Public, 2010-2011

State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers’ Division, Signature Service Award, 2011-2012