Rachel L. Jensen
“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.”
Rachel Jensen clerked for the Honorable Warren J. Ferguson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2001-2002, and the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and former Yugoslavia, 2002-2003, before joining the Firm.
Rachel Jensen is a partner in the Firm’s San Diego office. Her practice focuses on consumer, antitrust and securities fraud class actions. Jensen has played a key role in recovering billions of dollars for individuals, government entities, and businesses injured by fraudulent schemes, anti-competitive conduct, and hazardous products placed in the stream of commerce.
Jensen was one of the lead attorneys who secured a historic recovery on behalf of Trump University students in two class actions against President Donald J. Trump. The settlement provides $25 million to approximately 7,000 consumers. This result means individual class members will be eligible for upwards of $35,000 in restitution. She represented the class on a pro bono basis. She also represents car owners in the MDL litigation concerning the Volkswagen fraudulent emissions scandal, as well as litigation against Scotts Miracle-Gro, which has pled guilty to selling bird food as bird poison.
Among other recoveries, Jensen has played significant roles in the following cases: In re Ins. Brokerage Antitrust Litig., No. 04-5184(CCC) (D.N.J.) ($200 million recovered for policyholders who paid inflated premiums due to a kickback scheme among major insurers and brokers); In re Mattel, Inc., Toy Lead Paint Prods. Liab. Litig., No. 2:07-ml-01897-DSF-AJW (C.D. Cal.) (“Mattel”) ($50 million in refunds and other relief for Mattel and Fisher-Price toys made in China with lead and dangerous magnets); In re Nat’l Western Life Ins. Deferred Annuities Litig., No. 05-CV-1018-GPC (WVG) (S.D. Cal.) ($25 million in relief to senior citizens targeted for exorbitant deferred annuities that would not mature in their lifetime); In re Checking Account Overdraft Litig., No. 1:09-md-2036-JLK (S.D. Fla.) ($500 million in settlements with major banks that manipulated customers’ debit transactions to maximize overdraft fees); In re Groupon Mktg. & Sales Practices Litig., No. 3:11-md-02238-DMS-RBB (S.D. Cal.) ($8.5 million in refunds for consumers sold vouchers with illegal expiration dates).
An important part of resolving these class cases has been the cutting-edge business reforms agreed to by the defendants to ensure that the same misconduct does not happen again. See, e.g., Mattel (settlement required greater quality control and quality assurance programs for toys manufactured in China to make sure children are not put in harm’s way in the future); The People of the State of California by and through John Garamendi, Insurance Commissioner of the State of California v. Universal Life Resources, No. GIC838913 (Cal. Super. Ct., San Diego Cty.) (representing California Department of Insurance against five large employee benefit insurance companies and securing transparency in how brokers disclose compensation from insurers to policyholders).
Jensen has also helped to successfully prosecute securities fraud and shareholder derivative actions, securing comprehensive corporate governance enhancements that are a win-win for shareholders and society alike. See, e.g., City of Westland Police & Fire Ret. Sys. v. Stumpf, No. 3:11-cv-02369-SI (N.D. Cal.) (in a case alleging widespread “robo-signing” of foreclosure affidavits, Wells Fargo agreed to provide $67 million in homeowner down-payment assistance and credit counseling for cities hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis, as well as computer integration for its mortgage servicing segments).
Jensen served as a panelist 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. She has received local recognition and commendation for her human rights work, advocating on behalf of the homeless, including a nomination as San Diego Woman of the Year from San Diego Magazine. Jenson co-founded Think Dignity (formerly Girls Think Tank), a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance basic dignity in San Diego, for which she served as President from 2006-2011 and has served on the Board of Directors since its inception. Think Dignity runs the Transitional Storage Center for the homeless downtown, provides a free legal clinic and a mobile shower service called “Fresh Start” Showers, and leads a “Basic Dignity Coalition,” which has secured funding for two 24/7 public restrooms in the East Village. The first of these restrooms opened to the public in December 2014.
Additionally, Jensen has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine, as well as a Super Lawyer for the last two years. Most recently, she was named a Top Women Lawyer by the Daily Journal and was named a Leading Lawyer in America by Lawdragon. Prior to joining the Firm, Jensen was part of the litigation department of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, clerked for the Honorable Warren J. Ferguson on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, worked abroad in Arusha, Tanzania as a law clerk in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (“ICTR”) and then worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (“ICTY”), located in the Hague, Netherlands.
Jensen earned a Bachelor of Arts from 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. She also taught Street Law at a public high school in Washington, D.C.
Honors & Awards
- Top Women Lawyer, Daily Journal, 2017
- Leading Lawyer in America, Lawdragon, 2017
- Super Lawyer, 2016-2017
- Super Lawyer “Rising Star,” 2015
- Nominated for 2011 Woman of the Year, San Diego Magazine
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
- 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
- Partner Rachel Jensen Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in Fiat Chrysler EcoDiesel LitigationJune 19, 2017
- April 4, 2017
- Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP Announces Court Approval of $25 million Settlement in Trump University CaseMarch 31, 2017
- Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP's Pro Bono Representation Yields Historic Recovery on Behalf of Trump University StudentsNovember 18, 2016
- July 1, 2015
- October 28, 2014
- June 3, 2014
- Robbins Geller obtains class certification and defeats motion to dismiss on behalf of Trump University students in two related cases in the Southern District of CaliforniaFebruary 24, 2014
- December 12, 2012
- October 14, 2009
Awards & Recognition
- Daily Journal Names Three Robbins Geller Partners as Top Women Lawyers
- Lawdragon Names Five Robbins Geller Partners as Leading Lawyers in America
- 29 Robbins Geller Attorneys Selected as San Diego Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2017
- 35 Robbins Geller Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for Their Excellence and Achievements in Law by Super Lawyers Magazine
- 34 Robbins Geller Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers in San Diego