Rachel L. Jensen

Rachel L. Jensen

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Every day, we go toe-to-toe with well-heeled corporations to hold them accountable to working folks, while maintaining the highest level of professionalism.

Overview

Rachel Jensen is a partner in Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s San Diego office. For 14 years, Jensen has prosecuted securities fraud, consumer fraud and antitrust class actions, helping to recover billions of dollars for individuals, government entities and businesses.

Jensen 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 compensated 7,000 class members for over 90% of their losses. Jensen represented the class on a pro bono basis. In 2017, Jensen was appointed by Judge Chen to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in multidistrict litigation (“MDL”) against Fiat Chrysler and Bosch for installing and concealing defeat devices in “EcoDiesel” SUVs and trucks. Jensen also represents drivers against Volkswagen in one of the most brazen corporate frauds in recent history; serves as one of the class counsel in a RICO action against Scotts Miracle-Gro for selling wild bird food products treated with pesticides that are hazardous to birds; and serves as one of the lead counsel on behalf of U.S. policyholders against certain Lloyd’s Syndicates for collusive practices in the Lloyd’s of London insurance market. Most recently, she was a member of the litigation team that obtained a $125 million settlement in In re LendingClub Securities Litigation, a settlement that ranks among the top ten largest securities recoveries ever in the Northern District of California.

Among other recoveries, Jensen has played significant roles in 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).

Jensen has been named a Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Trailblazer by The National Law Journal, a Leading Lawyer in America by Lawdragon, and a Top Woman Lawyer by the Daily Journal. Additionally, she has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine, as well as a Super Lawyer for the last three years annually. Jensen was 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. 

Jensen has received local recognition and commendation for her human rights work advocating on behalf of the homeless. In 2006, Jensen 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 and mobile showers; and leads a “Basic Dignity Coalition,” which secured funding for 24/7 public restrooms in the East Village.

Prior to joining the practice, Jensen 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. 

Jensen 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. Jensen 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, Jensen 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.

Awards

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

Practice Areas

Education

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

Admissions

  • 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

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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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