Rachel Schaefer,





Rachel advises public and private companies on a wide range of business matters, including entity formation and structuring, mergers and acquisitions, dissolution, corporate governance issues, equity compensation plans and executive employment agreements, financing and capital raising, and contract negotiation. In addition, she advises franchisors and franchisees on pre-sale disclosures and registration, regulatory compliance issues, franchise agreements, and related transactional issues.

In her nonprofit practice, Rachel counsels clients on legal issues such as formation, structuring, tax exemption, fiscal sponsorship arrangements, governance issues, mergers, and dissolution.

Rachel also provides counsel to businesses and individuals on succession planning matters, such as drafting buy-sell agreements for closely held businesses and implementing strategies to transition ownership to family members or key employees.

Contingent Consideration: Bridging the Valuation Gap in M&A Transactions with Effective Contingent Consideration Provisions, Valuation Strategies July/August, 2016


“Recent Amendments to Washington’s Business Entity Statutes” (January 2016)


Attorney-Client Privilege and Ethical Issues for In-House Counsel” (December 2014)


Note, “Must the House Always Win? A Critique of Rousso v. State,” 35 Seattle U. L. Rev. 1549 (2012)

  • Designated a Washington Rising Star®.
  • Seattle University School of Law Dean’s List (2009-2012)
  • Seattle University School of Law Presidential Law Scholarship (2009-2012)
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Contracts, Secured Transactions, Trusts & Estates, Federal Courts, and Intellectual Property


  • Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Association, member of the Internal Achievements Awards committee
  • Washington Women Lawyers, former member of the Board of Directors
  • GLBT Bar Association Foundation of Washington, former member of the Board of Directors

Rachel received her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, summa cum laude, in 2012.  She received her B.A. in English from Mount Holyoke College.


Bridging The Valuation Gap In M&A Transactions With Effective Contingent Consideration Provisions

Bridging the Valuation Gap in M&A Transactions with Effective Contingent Consideration Provisions Contingent consideration provisions are frequently used in M&A transactions. Such provisions have several advantages, including bridging … read more

Trusts And Estates News Alert

Introduction: Federal Estate Tax, Gift Tax, Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax and Related Income Tax Rules in 2016 In January 2013 Congress reformed the federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer … read more

Riddell Williams Attorneys Named Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Top Women Attorneys, and Top 100

Riddell Williams congratulates the following individuals who have been designated 2016 Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Top Women Attorneys and Top 100 Super Lawyers: 2016 Super Lawyers Bruce J. … read more

Group Health Physicians Support Kaiser Acquisition of Group Health Cooperative

Riddell Williams law firm is proud to have represented client Group Health Permanente in negotiations that led to Kaiser Permanente agreeing to acquire Group Health Cooperative.  The Healthcare … read more

Washington’s New LLC Act: Members and Managers Beware

Substantial amendments to Washington’s existing Limited Liability Company Act, Chapter 25.15 RCW (the “Act”), became effective on January 1, 2016.  These amendments create new default rules that make … read more

Attorney-Client Privilege and Ethical Issues for In-House Counsel

Join Gavin Skok and Rachel Schaefer for an important discussion about the unique challenges faced by in-house counsel attempting to protect the attorney-client privilege and work product immunity, … read more

Two New Associates: Travis Dailey and Rachel Schaefer

Continuing to increase strength through strategic growth, Riddell Williams is pleased to announce the hiring of two new associates:  Travis Dailey and Rachel Schaefer. Travis joins the Bankruptcy … read more