DOREEN RACHAL focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and criminal and civil government investigations, including grand jury matters. She also has experience with complex civil litigation, asset forfeiture, healthcare fraud litigation, securities litigation and enforcement, and compliance with the USA PATRIOT Act, Bank Secrecy Act and related anti-money laundering requirements. Doreen represents companies and individuals before the United States Department of Justice, the United States Attorney’s Offices, the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. She is a member of Sidley’s White Collar: Government Litigation and Investigations, Healthcare, and Securities Enforcement and Regulatory groups.
Prior to joining Sidley, Doreen served as an Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts in the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit, where she handled qui tam actions and prosecuted healthcare fraud matters involving potential violations of the False Claims Act, Stark Law and anti-kickback statutes. Prior to joining the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit, Doreen served in a supervisory capacity as the Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Unit. In that role, Doreen prosecuted civil and criminal asset forfeiture cases involving money laundering, drug trafficking, healthcare fraud and securities violations. During her tenure at the United States Attorney’s Office, Doreen successfully handled several trials as lead counsel. Doreen was also an associate at a global law firm, as well as a law clerk for the Honorable Chief Justice (Ret.) Roderick L. Ireland of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Doreen’s experience and commitment to public service most recently earned her the National Bar Association’s 2019 “Outstanding Women Lawyer Hidden Figure/Impact Award.” She has also received the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s 2018 “Top Women of Law” Award, which celebrates outstanding achievements made by exceptional women lawyers. Each year Lawyers Weekly honors women attorneys who have made tremendous professional strides and demonstrated great accomplishments in the legal field, which includes: pro bono, social justice, advocacy and business.
Doreen received both her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, and graduate degree from The Catholic University of America. Doreen attended Howard University School of Law, where she served as Articles Editor of The Howard SCROLL Social Justice Law Review, participated on the Moot Court Team, and received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Jurisprudence, Remedies and Civil Rights Clinic.
Admissions & Certifications
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
- U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
- Howard University School of Law, J.D., 2006 (merit scholar)
- Catholic University of America, M.A., 2000
- Catholic University of America, B.A., 2000 (magna cum laude)
- Roderick L. Ireland, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (2006 - 2007)