Rachael Meny is a Partner at Keker & Van Nest LLP with expertise in handling civil and criminal litigation matters and has tried numerous cases. Rachael also has an extensive background in domestic violence and women’s issues. While at Keker & Van Nest, Rachael has handled many pro bono family law cases on behalf of domestic violence survivors, including cases involving restraining order, child custody, child visitation, and cross-state jurisdictional issues. Rachael also has handled numerous pro bono asylum cases for domestic violence and incest survivors, winning asylum for these survivors and helping to set important precedent regarding why domestic violence and incest create a basis for asylum in the U.S.
Rachael previously worked as Staff Attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid (“Bay Legal”), helping set up Bay Legal’s family law project for domestic violence survivors in Contra Costa County and representing low-income domestic violence survivors in family law matters in Contra Costa County Superior Court. Rachael also spent numerous years working as a volunteer with the Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic (“CROC”) in San Francisco and was previously a member of the Legal Advisory Board for STAND Against Domestic Violence in Contra Costa County. In addition, Rachael volunteered for several years with the restraining order clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, handled numerous domestic violence cases at the University of Michigan Law School’s family law clinic, and volunteered for several years as a Rape Crisis Counselor for Bay Area Women Against Rape (“BAWAR”).
Rachael received her law degree from the University of Michigan and her undergraduate degree from Mills College, with a minor in Women Studies. Rachael is currently a Board Member of the San Francisco Legal Aid Society/Employment Law Center and a member of the California Women Lawyer’s Foundation committee.