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January 17, 2020

My Path to Partnership: Rachel Herlache

To kick off the new year, Nelson Mullins is featuring newly elected partners in a Q&A throughout the month of January. Join us in celebrating the firm’s newest partners by getting to know them.

Rachel Herlache joined Nelson Mullins in 2018 during the firm’s combination with Florida-based Broad and Cassel. She focuses her practice on all aspects of commercial real estate development, sales, and acquisitions, particularly with the creation of new residential and commercial condominium and planned unit developments.

1. What has been the biggest hurdle you have overcome in your career?

Just becoming an attorney was the greatest hurdle I’ve ever had to overcome. After moving to Florida in 1996 to apply for and attend law school, I learned that the college I graduated from in Illinois (with my BA in Fine Arts) did not earn its national accreditation until shortly after I graduated. Therefore, I had to go back to school (Florida Atlantic University) to obtain yet another bachelor’s degree while working full time in order to even apply to law school. Three years later, after graduating from Florida Atlantic University, I was accepted to Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law’s summer conditional program. As part of the summer conditional program, I was required to take two full semester law classes in a six-week period and receive a C+ or better in both courses in order to get accepted into law school. I persevered and not only got through the summer conditional program, but graduated from law school in 2 ½ years summa cum laude.

2. Describe how you feel about your career now that you’ve made partner.

I’m very proud to have achieved this accomplishment, particularly in that becoming a lawyer was my second career.

3. What are your key components to being successful in your career?

My key components are very simple. Work hard, do the best job you can, be respectful and honest, and push yourself every day to do just a little better. I also am a firm believer in life balance.

4. Who had the greatest influence in your career that helped drive you to partnership?

My key components drove me to partnership, which were instilled in me by my parents and family. Growing up I was always told, “If you want something, you have to work for it.”

5. What’s the best piece of advice you would give an associate who wants to make partner?

See number 3. 😊

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