Rachel Berlin Benjamin
Rachel Berlin Benjamin works tirelessly to fight for employees’ rights
and prides herself in providing clients with high-quality and compassionate
representation. Rachel primarily represents employees who have been subjected
to unlawful discrimination and retaliation. She also prosecutes wage and
hour disputes and effectively negotiates severance agreements.
Since Rachel joined Buckley Beal, she has achieved many notable results.
Rachel has extensive litigation experience in both state and federal courts.
Rachel and Ed Buckley recently achieved a substantial jury verdict, including
all of the plaintiff’s lost wages. After a
week-long trial, the jury found that there was a willful violation of the Age Discrimination
in Employment Act and Buckley Beal’s client was awarded the maximum
amount of damages allowed by the law.
Rachel has also achieved numerous notable results on account of her significant
appellate experience and has contributed to successful appeals to the
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Recently, Rachel represented a
school bus driver in a disability claim and drafted the appellate brief that was instrumental
in convincing the Eleventh Circuit to revive the driver’s claim.
Rachel also played a critical role in the Eleventh Circuit’s revival
of an age discrimination claim as well as a Title VII retaliation claim.
Rachel has also taken on the Atlanta Police Department in its
refusal to change its facial hair policy, which has prevented officers from being able to serve and protect their
communities. This will hopefully give similarly situated police officers
the ability to proudly serve Atlanta in the future.
Before joining Buckley Beal, Rachel litigated wage and hour claims at a
boutique New York employment law firm. In this capacity, she helped secure
multi-million dollar settlements in numerous collective and class action
lawsuits in federal courts across the nation. Before practicing employment
law, Rachel was an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx, New York where
she prosecuted misdemeanors and violent felonies. As a prosecutor, Rachel
conducted hearings and trials, presented cases to Grand Jury panels for
indictment, and negotiated pleas.
magna cum laude from Pace Law School and received her Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence
College. Rachel is a member of the State Bars of Georgia and New York,
the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and federal district courts in
New York and Georgia. Rachel is also a member of the National Employment
Lawyer’s Associate and the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers.
When Rachel isn’t working, she enjoys spending time outdoors, exploring
Atlanta, attempting to achieve Yelp’s “elite” status,
and visiting her family and two adorable nieces in New York. Rachel also
actively fundraises for Parkinson’s research and serves as a Board
Member for the non-profit
Water Life Hope, a charity that provides clean water to the people of Haiti.