In 2013, Chicago police officer Ronald Watts pled guilty to demanding protection payoffs for years from drug dealers in the…
Rachel Steinback joined Loevy & Loevy in 2009. She devotes her practice to advocating for individuals who have been wrongfully convicted, individuals who have been falsely arrested and maliciously prosecuted, and individuals who have been subjected to police misconduct and police brutality. She also handles cases involving the violations of detainees’ and inmates’ rights in jails and prisons.
From 2010 to 2011, Rachel served as a law clerk for the Honorable Amy J. St. Eve in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Prior to joining Loevy & Loevy, Rachel worked as a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York City, where she worked on federal and state litigation and handled an extensive list of pro bono matters.
Rachel graduated cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law in 2008. During law school, Rachel worked in the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, served as an extern for the Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, and performed international human rights work in East Africa. She also served as a Senior Articles Editor on the Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, where she was awarded the Lowden-Wigmore Prize for her article on access to post-conviction DNA testing.
Prior to attending law school, Rachel was a policy advisor to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and worked as an associate at Goldman Sachs. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
• New York
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
• U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
• U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
• U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
• U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
• U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
• U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
• U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
• U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
• Ayers v. City of Cleveland, et al. (N.D. Ohio) Trial counsel for David Ayers in civil rights lawsuit alleging that police misconduct caused Mr. Ayers’ wrongful conviction. Jury returned a $13.2 million verdict for Mr. Ayers, one of the highest recorded wrongful conviction verdicts in U.S. history.
• Kopek v. City of Aurora, et al. (N.D. Il.) Trial counsel for Kurt Kopek in civil rights lawsuit alleging excessive force, false arrest and malicious prosecution. Jury found on all counts for Mr. Kopek and returned a $50,000 verdict, including $15,000 in punitive damages against the defendant Aurora police officer.
• Sandra T.E. et al. v. Sperlik, et al. (N.D. Ill.) Trial counsel in civil rights lawsuit filed against South Berwyn School District 100 and several of its administrators after an elementary school band teacher molested several of his students. Jury found on all counts for plaintiffs and returned a $3.55 million verdict.
• Richardson v. City of Chicago, et al. (N.D. Ill.) Litigation counsel for Harold Richardson in civil rights lawsuit alleging that police misconduct caused Mr. Richardson’s wrongful conviction. Case pending.
• Hobson v. Dominguez, et al. (N.D. Ind.) Litigation counsel for Ms. Hobson in civil rights lawsuit alleging that deliberate indifference by Lake County Jail and its medical and mental health care contractors caused her son’s death. Case pending.
• Throgmorton et al. v. Reynolds, et al. (C.D. Ill.) Litigation counsel in class action civil rights lawsuit alleging that Illinois Department of Corrections officials violated female inmates’ constitutional rights during public group strip search. Case pending.
• Porter v. Louisville Jefferson County Metro Government, et al. (W.D. Ky.) Litigation counsel for Kerry Porter in civil rights lawsuit alleging that police misconduct caused Mr. Porter’s wrongful conviction. Case pending.
Northwestern University School of Law
• J.D. (cum laude) – 2008
The University of Pennsylvania
• B.A. – 1999
• Law Clerk, Hon. Amy St. Eve, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois