Rachel Terp is a Senior Associate at Bryan Schwartz Law, where she focuses on employment discrimination, whistleblower, retaliation, and wage and hour claims.
As a law student, Ms. Terp served as a Senior Executive Director for the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, and externed for the Honorable Susan Y. Illston of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Ms. Terp also served as a Coblentz Civil Rights Fellow at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy. As a summer and fall law clerk at Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, she worked on state and federal antitrust class actions. As a summer law clerk at the East Bay Community Law Center ("EBCLC"), she wrote the bill proposal that formed the basis for the Fair Debt Buying Practices Act (SB233) which was signed into law in the summer of 2013 for which she has been described as an "alchemist" and a "trendsetter." .
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Terp was a Civil Rights Analyst with the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, and a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina.
State Bar of California
United States District Court Northern District of California
United States District Court Central District of California
J.D. 2012, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
A.B. 2004, Brown University
"Deadbeat Bosses Beware: California Appellate Ruling Reinforces Personal Liability for Perpetrators’ Violations of State Wage Law,"
Plaintiff Magazine, Co-Author, February 2018
"Past Due: Why Debt Collection Practices and the Debt Buying Industry Need Reform Now," EBCLC & Consumers Union, Co-Author, 2011
"Independent Contractors: Day Rates, 'Salary' Guarantees, And Employee Status," Panelist, National Employment Lawyers Association, Epic Advocacy: Protecting Wages In Litigation & Arbitration, April 2019
"Wage & Hour Law," Speaker, Legal Aid At Work, Workers' Rights Disability Law Clinic, February 2018 & 2019
"Litigating Your Wage & Hour Class Action with an Eye Towards Trial: Discovery, Trial Plans & Defendants' Dirty Tricks," Moderator, California Employment Lawyers Association, Annual Conference, October 2018
"Employment Law 101: Fundamentals for the New Employment Lawyer - Leave Compliance," Panelist, California Lawyers Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, March 2018
"Celebrating the Passage of California's Fair Debt Buying Practices Act," Panelist, University of California, Berkeley Law, School of Law, January 2014
HONORS AND AWARDS
California Employment Lawyers Association Nominating Committee, 2019
Rising Star 2017 & 2018, Northern California Super Lawyers
Advocate of Justice Award, 2014, EBCLC
Certificate of Recognition, 2014, Senator Mark Leno, District 11, California
 "The Not-Quite-Accidental Genius of EBCLC's Consumer Justice Clinic: Lessons for Legal Services Providers," Ted Mermin, California Law Review (2018).