Rachel Giesber


Rachel Clingman is nationally recognized as a litigator who delivers success as defined by the client. She regularly represents energy, chemical, and transportation companies in government, regulatory, and internal investigations. Rachel counsels clients on issues involving billions of dollars and potential criminal consequences, and prepares executives for litigation testimony and testimony before Congress and other investigative entities. She has been honored regionally and nationally for legal excellence and for her industry and civic contributions.

Under Rachel’s leadership, Sutherland’s Crisis Management and Complex Litigation team helps clients navigate crises and develop legal response strategies tailored to specific situations. This Sutherland team guides companies facing multi-faceted challenges such as civil litigation along with parallel criminal investigations, multidistrict litigation proceedings, putative class actions, Congressional investigations and hearings, regulatory investigations, internal investigations, shareholder direct and derivative claims and corporate disclosure issues.

Awards and Rankings

Selected for Benchmark Litigation “Top 250 U.S. Women Litigators” (2012-2013)

Selected for The American Lawyer “45 Under 45” (2011)

Honored with BTI Consulting Group’s Client Service Award for delivering unsurpassed client service (2007 and 2011)

Professional Activities

Steering Committee, United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society
Executive Women’s Partnership, Greater Houston Partnership (2008–present)
United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society (2006–present)
Steering Committee, Women’s Initiative, United Way of Texas Gulf Coast (2007-2011)
Member-at-Large, Executive Women’s Partnership Steering Committee, Greater Houston Partnership (2008–2011)
Economic Advisory Board, Greater Houston Partnership (2009, 2010)
Member, Women's Energy Network Advisory Council (2011-2013)
Advisory Council and Past President, Women’s Energy Network of Houston
Board of Directors, Houston Area Women’s Center (2007-2010)
Co-Chair, 2010 Annual Benefit for Houston Area Women’s Center
Advisory Board, World Oil Women’s Global Leadership Conference in Energy and Technology (since inception, 2005-2009)
Co-founder, Legal Advisory Board, Children at Risk (2006-2007)
Past Member, Corporate Guild, Dress for Success Houston
Former Director, Houston Downtown Alliance

  • J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, Associate Editor, Texas Law Review Trial Director, Board of Advocates
  • B.A., Rice University
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  • Texas
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Our Story

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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