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Rachel Shinville

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Phone: (503) 694-4732
Fax: (503) 715-2554

4614 S. Kelly Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97239

Rachel has a strong commitment to justice and compassion, and she draws on her formative years in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, to shape her legal approach. Raised by parents deeply immersed in higher education, Rachel's upbringing fostered a love for learning, empathy, and fairness. Her firm set of ethical principles and desire to help others were nurtured early on, leading her to a career in law and criminal defense. Rachel's ability to create personal connections and understand her clients' needs and goals on a broader scale is what makes her such a success in helping the good people we represent.

Rachel's professional journey began as a legal assistant at a personal injury firm in Chicago, Illinois. This background provided her with firsthand experience of the strength of an attorney-legal assistant working relationship. This insight provided her with a deep understanding of teamwork dynamics that now supports her success as part of the Reynolds Defense Firm team. She soon transitioned from her role as a legal assistant to pursuing law at Lewis & Clark Law School. Her first two years as an attorney, working in public defense, are the most influential to the lawyer she has become. During this time Rachel saw how traumatizing, embarrassing, and disruptive an arrest could be to a person’s life, and she recognized how much is at stake for people facing criminal charges.

Her public defense work also solidified her belief that a vast majority of people who enter the criminal system – whether they were innocent or simply made a bad decision – find themselves there because of something else going on in their life. This belief aligns seamlessly with the philosophy of Reynolds Defense Firm, making it a natural choice for her to join our team. Our firm’s commitment is to help our clients understand the true reason they were arrested and empowering them to address the real problems in their lives.

Valparaiso University
Lumina Foundation
Sigma Tau Delta
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With a Bachelor of Arts in English & Philosophy from Valparaiso University, Rachel's educational foundation fosters her deep understanding of language, ethics, and storytelling. And it’s this understanding that fuels her passion for connecting with her clients on a deeper level, allowing her to tell their story and inject a human element into the legal process. Rachel approaches law with curiosity and compassion, bringing an empathetic and holistic approach to her cases. She values preparation as a cornerstone of her success earning her the reputation within the legal community as someone who is fair, trustworthy, and reliable.

Outside of the office Rachel has a passion for plants, gardening, and her cats – or as she likes to call them, her very helpful “purralegals.” She loves reading and art of any kind: especially painting, embroidery, and pressing flowers. In the near future, she hopes to expand her gardening knowledge to learn how to grow food. She also has a history working as a professional pastry chef which adds a flavorful dimension to her warm and well-rounded personality.

Client Reviews
These are fantastic people! I was so nervous when I first came in, but they treated me like a human, not someone who had messed up in a major way. Throughout the process, they helped me understand all the steps and supported me both with the legal stuff, but also the personal stuff. J.M.
Reynolds Defense is amazing. From the minute they pick up the phone, the entire staff is outstanding. Don't bother shopping , wondering who to get, if they are going to help or hinder, do they even care. Reynolds Defense Firm will not disappoint. T.H.
When they tell you to let them worry about your legal issue and for you to take care of yourself they really do mean it. DUIs are no joke and I was assuming the worst. And they literally saved my life, my job my home and my license. B.O.
The firm knows what they're doing, treated me with dignity during a time where I felt very overwhelmed and unsure of what I was going to do. They helped me through my entire unpleasant experience by following up with me every step of the way, ensuring I was never left in the dark. E.S.
Take it from me and don't go it alone. If your feeling sick to your stomach you are not alone. From the very first phone call they will treat you like family and have your back the whole way. You wont have one but a team of lawyers. B.W.