Rachel L. Jensen

Rachel L. Jensen


Every day, we go toe-to-toe with well-heeled corporations to hold them accountable to working folks.


Rachel Jensen is a partner in Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s San Diego office. For 16 years, Rachel has developed a track record of success in helping to craft impactful business reforms and recover billions of dollars on behalf of individuals, businesses, and government entities injured by unlawful business practices, fraudulent schemes, and hazardous products.

Rachel was one of the lead attorneys who secured a historic recovery on behalf of Trump University students nationwide in two class actions against President Donald J. Trump. The settlement provided $25 million and provided nearly 100% refunds to 7,000 class members. Rachel represented the class on a pro bono basis. As a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Fiat Chrysler EcoDiesel litigation, she helped obtain a $840 million global settlement, resolving allegations that the company installed and concealed defeat devices in its “EcoDiesel” SUVs and trucks. Rachel served as one of class counsel in a RICO class action against Scotts Miracle-Gro for selling wild bird food treated with pesticides that are hazardous to birds; a class action settlement of up to $85 million was recently approved. Additionally, Rachel represents drivers against Volkswagen in one of the most brazen corporate frauds in recent history and helped recover $17 billion; represents California passengers in a consumer and civil rights case against Greyhound for voluntarily subjecting its paying customers to discriminatory immigration raids; and serves as one of the lead counsel for policyholders against certain Lloyd’s of London syndicates for collusive practices in the insurance and reinsurance market.

Among other recoveries, Rachel has played significant roles in In re LendingClub Sec. Litig., No. 3:16-cv-02627-WHA (N.D. Cal.) ($125 million settlement that ranks among the top ten largest securities recoveries ever in the Northern District of California); Negrete v. Allianz Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., No. CV056838CAS(MANx) (C.D. Cal.) ($250 million to senior citizens targeted for exorbitant deferred annuities that would not mature in their lifetimes); In re Ins. Brokerage Antitrust Litig., No. 04-5184(CCC) (D.N.J.) ($200 million recovered for policyholders who paid inflated premiums due to kickback scheme among major insurers and brokers); City of Westland Police & Fire Ret. Sys. v. Stumpf, No. 3:11-cv-02369-SI (N.D. Cal.) ($67 million in homeowner down-payment assistance and credit counseling for cities hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis and computer integration for mortgage servicing segments in derivative settlement with Wells Fargo for “robo-signing” of foreclosure affidavits); In re Mattel, Inc., Toy Lead Paint Prods. Liab. Litig., No. 2:07-ml-01897-DSF-AJW (C.D. Cal.) ($50 million in refunds and quality assurance business reforms for toys made in China with lead and magnets); In re Checking Account Overdraft Litig., No. 1:09-md-2036-JLK (S.D. Fla.) ($500 million in settlements with major banks for manipulating debit transactions to maximize overdraft fees).

Rachel has been named a Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Trailblazer by The National Law Journal, a Leading Lawyer in America by Lawdragon for three consecutive years, a Top Woman Lawyer by the Daily Journal, and a California Trailblazer by The Recorder. Additionally, she has been recognized several times as a Super Lawyer and a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. Rachel is a member of the faculty of the 2019 inaugural Mass Torts MDL Certificate Program at the Bolch Judicial Institute of Duke Law School. She was also a featured speaker at the 2017 Federal Bar Association Women in Law Conference, discussing the roles of grit and risk-taking in breaking barriers for women and people of color in the legal profession.

Rachel has received local recognition and commendation for her human rights work advocating on behalf of the homeless. In 2006, Rachel co-founded Think Dignity, a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance basic dignity in San Diego, for which she served as President from 2006-2011 and a Board Member since its inception. Think Dignity runs a Transitional Storage Center in downtown San Diego so that the homeless can interview for jobs and receive training or services; provides free legal clinics, mobile showers and a café; and leads a “Basic Dignity Coalition,” which secured funding for 24/7 public restrooms in the East Village.

Before joining the practice, Rachel clerked for the late Honorable Warren J. Ferguson on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; was associated with Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco; and worked abroad in Arusha, Tanzania as a law clerk in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (“ICTR”) and at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (“ICTY”), located in The Hague, Netherlands. 

Rachel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the honors program at Florida State University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated cum laude. Rachel received her Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law School, where she served as Inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the First Annual Review of Gender and Sexuality Law, a publication of the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law. During law school, Rachel attended the University of Oxford, International Human Rights Law Program at New College. She also taught Street Law at a public high school in Washington, D.C.


  • California Trailblazer, The Recorder, 2019
  • Leading Lawyer in America, Lawdragon, 2017-2019
  • Super Lawyer, 2016-2019
  • Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Trailblazer, The National Law Journal, 2018
  • Top Woman Lawyer, Daily Journal, 2017
  • Super Lawyer “Rising Star,” 2015
  • Nominated for 2011 Woman of the Year, San Diego Magazine

Practice Areas


Georgetown University Law School, J.D., 2000

  • Editor-in-Chief, First Annual Review of Gender and Sexuality Law
  • Dean’s List, 1998-1999

Florida State University, B.A., 1997, cum laude

  • Phi Beta Kappa


  • California
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Notable Cases


Community/Civic Involvement

  • Member of the Board of Governors, San Diego Chapter, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Co-Founder and Board Member, Think Dignity
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