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 Zichella practices both commercial litigation and labor and employment law at Taylor English.

Ms. Zichella is a partner with more than 11 years of experience representing corporations, boards of directors, and individuals in federal and state courts in all phases of trial practice, and in arbitrations and mediations. Her experience as a commercial litigator includes a wide range of complex matters involving breaches of commercial contracts; fiduciary issues; the enforcement and invalidation of restrictive covenants; theft of confidential information and trade secrets; computer systems protection; 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 misuse of intellectual property; the management and administration of construction contracts; and financial transactions. Ms. Zichella also is skilled in the use of computer forensics evidence, and she regularly litigates cases requiring the collection, processing, review and production of large amounts of electronic data culled from various sources.

As a labor and employment lawyer, Ms. Zichella regularly drafts agreements for corporations and executives, including restrictive covenant agreements, and counsels her clients regarding the protection of their intellectual property and proprietary information in the workplace. She also counsels corporate clients with regard to preventive strategies involving 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 other federal and state statutes. She defends clients in charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Ms. Zichella also has experience as a first chair litigator in grievance arbitrations arising under collective bargaining agreements.

Ms. Zichella also has experience conducting internal investigations regarding allegations of fraud, harassment, antitrust issues and violations of the False Claims Act. 

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.

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

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 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