With all the big changes with our Firm, we cannot forget to express our excitement to have Portsmouth's own, Rachel Daehler, join our growing team of lawyers! Rachel has returned to Southern Ohio after living in South Carolina and will be assisting our team with the firm's Nursing Home Neglect, Wrongful Death and Medical Malpractice cases (in addition to her own criminal defense cases). Rachel joined our team in January 2018. She graduated summa cum laude from Shawnee State University with a degree in International Relations. In 2013, she graduated magna cum laude from Capital University Law School and was sworn in as a member of the Ohio bar later that same year. After law school, Rachel joined the Licking County Prosecutor’s Office as an Assistant County Prosecutor in the felony division. Rachel and her family moved to Charleston, South Carolina in 2015, where she was sworn in as a member of the South Carolina bar and worked as In-House Legal Counsel for a North American subsidiary of a German manufacturing company. As the saying goes-- there truly is no place like home, and Rachel is excited to continue her law career in Southern Ohio.
Her caring, compassionate personality along with her diverse litigation experience will be invaluable as she works alongside Attorney Burnside on the nursing home and wrongful death cases.
Rachel resides in Portsmouth with her husband and son. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys reading, strolling through Boneyfiddle, and cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats.
"Coming back to my hometown of Portsmouth after spending several years in South Carolina is exciting. I’m going to miss certain aspects of living down South, like having Bojangle’s fried chicken and biscuits anytime I want, and moving back home to Ohio in December has made me appreciate the mild southern winters. But as they say, “home is where the heart is”, and my heart will always be along the Ohio River in Portsmouth. I’m getting the opportunity to switch gears both professionally and geographically, and there is a lot to look forward to.
I’m excited to use my degree to help the people of the TriState area, and do work that makes me genuinely feel good. Working in corporate law in South Carolina, I didn’t get the chance to really touch peoples’ lives in the same way that personal injury representation provides, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to use my degree and experience for that benefit. I’m excited to give back to the community that made me the person I am today. I was raised in Portsmouth, graduated from Portsmouth High, and met my husband in Portsmouth. This town is a huge part of who I am, and to be back with my friends and family in the place I call home feels great. There are so many changes happening in this town currently, and I am looking forward to helping make this community a place in which my son will be proud to grow up.
There are a lot of reasons for me to be excited right now. I’m excited to be a member of the Burnside Law team and fight for justice for the members of our community who have helped get me to where I am today. I’m proud to be at Burnside Law, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me here."