Rachel L. Burkhart



Rachel Burkhart helps corporate and individual clients navigate a range of real estate, land use and construction disputes. She primarily represents clients in state court, arbitration proceedings and local administrative settings.

Real Estate Advocacy

Rachel counsels corporate and individual clients on disputes involving real property interests. Rachel has represented tenants and landlords in commercial lease disputes as well as forcible entry and detainer actions. She has also advised clients on fraud and breach of contract claims arising from real estate transactions. Rachel has experience with disputes involving common interest ownership associations and special tax districts.

Land Use and Eminent Domain

Rachel assists both landowners and condemning entities in eminent domain proceedings. She advises clients on complex valuation issues arising from the condemnation of real estate interests. She has also advocated on behalf of landowners and developers seeking land use rights and entitlements from municipal entities.


Rachel has experience advocating on behalf of general contractors in arbitration proceedings. She handles disputes related to schedule impacts and payment withholding. She is also knowledgeable regarding the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) contract forms for design and construction projects.

Past Experience

Prior to joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Rachel clerked for Judge David C. Godbey at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. She also worked as a litigation associate at a Dallas firm, which was consistently ranked among the top firms in the country for its litigation and appellate practice.

During law school, Rachel interned with Judge Laura Taylor Swain at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Eastern District of California.

Personal Interests

Rachel enjoys gardening, reading fantasy novels and traveling to foreign countries.


Bar Admissions



U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Hon. David C. Godbey, 2015-2016


Columbia Law School
J.D. Columbia Human Rights Law Review, A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual (Articles Editor) (2014)

University of Texas at Austin
B.A. in History, cum laude, Certificate in International Studies (2010)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Invictus Initiative — Member of legal team focused on improving the circumstances of Nepalese migrant workers
  • Sister Carmen Community Center and Project Homeless Connect — Volunteer at legal clinic serving needs of low-income individuals
  • Represents veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other service-connected disabilities in administrative proceedings to correct their military records.
  • Investigated procedural due process violations in Colorado municipal courts in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) with an eye on potential legislative reform.
  • Obtained a writ of habeas corpus from the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on behalf of a federal prisoner whose right to self-representation had been violated in state court.

Civic Activities

Rachel regularly volunteers as a mentor at the Women’s Bean Project and serves as a member of the Judicial Committee for the Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CBWA). Rachel is also a member of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the University of Texas alumni group.


  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2017-2018
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Columbia Law School
  • Parker School Certificate in Foreign and Comparative Law — Columbia Law School
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