The leader in workers’ compensation defense law.

Counseling employers and insurance carriers throughout California.

Career Basics

Rachel Fortner came on board with Mullen & Filippi in 2021. She has a background in defense work and has experience in workers’ compensation. Rachel has represented disabled and low-income clients in foreclosure, consumer, domestic, bankruptcy, tax, social security and other civil and administrative proceedings.


Rachel received her law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2002. In 1997, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in government with a focus in political theory from Smith College, where she made the Dean’s Honor List throughout her attendance.

Professional Membership

Rachel is a member of the State Bars of California, Georgia, Kentucky, and the D.C. Court of Appeals.

Personal Note

What I love most about being a lawyer is that I am never bored, and I can count on being challenged by my work every day. I take great personal satisfaction in resolving complex legal problems in the fairest way possible, in accordance with the applicable law.

One of my passions is practicing my acoustic guitar, a Martin. I am self-taught and probably do not play very well by most people’s standards. Regardless of my skill level, I take great joy in trying to master new songs and improving my sound. Another passion of mine grew from my upbringing. When I was young, my family used to take canoeing trips together along the Savannah River. By the age of fourteen (14) I was a skilled oarsman, able to successfully navigate rapids while steering from the back of the boat. Today, I love to swim in the Russian River, and I will always love to paddle anything.