L. Rachel Lerman is a litigation partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Los Angeles office and co-chairs the firm’s national Appeals and Critical Motions Practice Group. Formerly a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, she focuses on appellate practice and trial strategy in complex civil cases and has been selected to the California Super Lawyers magazine’s “Super Lawyers” list every year since 2003. Ms. Lerman earned her B.A. from Yale College, her M.A. and M.F.A. from Syracuse University, and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was an editor of the Berkeley Women’s Law Journal. After law school, she clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.