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McCracken, Rachael L.

Rachael L. McCracken

Direct Tel: +1 213-443-3249
Los Angeles
Tel: +1 213 443 3000 Fax: +1 213 443 3100

Rachael McCracken is a partner in the Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on securities and antitrust disputes and trial practice. She has tried cases in state and federal court, before both juries and judges, including a number of high stakes cases where Quinn Emanuel was brought in shortly before trial to change the strategy of the case. She was named a Southern California “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

  • The California Institute of Technology
  • International Lease Finance Corporation
  • JMI Services, Inc.
  • Live Nation
  • MBIA Insurance Corporation
  • Micron Technology, Inc.
  • ResCap Liquidating Trust
  • Seiko Epson Corporation
  • U.S. Bank., N.A.
  • Vanguard Group
  • Zurich Insurance Corporation
  • Represented the California Institute of Technology (“Caltech”) in a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple and Broadcom involving patents protecting Caltech’s invention of a novel advancement in error correction coding that is now used in Wi-Fi.  After a two-and-a half-week trial, the jury awarded Caltech over $1.1 billion in damages. 
  • Represented the ResCap Liquidating Trust in more than 50 lawsuits seeking to recover indemnity and damages arising from the defendant lenders’ sale of defective mortgage loans that resulted in losses and liabilities for the Trust’s predecessor, Residential Funding Company (“RFC”).  The actions resulted in recoveries of more than $1.3 billion, including a favorable verdict after a four-week trial. 
  • Represented Micron Technology, Inc. in an antitrust action involving an alleged conspiracy to boycott certain memory chips. Rambus sought $4 billion in compensatory damages, trebled to $12 billion under the Cartwright Act, from Micron.  After a three-month trial, the jury rejected Rambus’s claim and awarded no damages.
  • Represented Zurich Insurance Company in a bench trial spanning several months that resulted in favorable factual findings that led to voluntary dismissals of fraudulent transfer claims brought by 30 corporate plaintiffs seeking over $14 billion in damages. 
  • Represented direct purchaser class plaintiffs in an antitrust action involving a price-fixing conspiracy in the polyurethane foam industry that resulted in more than $430 million in settlements.
  • Represented lead defendant in a 59-count criminal RICO case brought against a successful businessman by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Obtained dismissal of certain RICO claims pre-trial, others during a four-week trial, and all remaining claims through post-trial motions based on government misconduct.
  • Represented Epson as plaintiff in five coordinated patent-infringement actions and obtained summary judgment on infringement and defeated summary judgment on invalidity, which resulted in a favorable settlement.
  • Represented a Fox subsidiary in patent infringement actions arising out of an internet music distribution website that resulted in a no-cost settlement after favorable discovery rulings.
  • New York University School of Law
    (J.D., 2007)
    • Order of the Barristers
    • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Atlantic Regional:
      • Second Place Oralist
  • Amherst College
    (B.A., summa cum laude, Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought; Spanish; Certificate of International Relations,2004)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Law and Society Association Outstanding Undergraduate Paper (2005)
  • The State Bar of California
  • United States Courts of Appeal:
    • Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Courts:
    • Central District of California
    • Northern District of California
  • Law360 Top Attorney Under 40 – Trials (2020)
  • Super Lawyers Magazine Southern California “Rising Star” (2013-2019)