Ida B. Wells Award Honoree

About Doreen M. Rachal

Doreen Rachal

Doreen is a Partner at Sidley Austin LLP in the firm’s Boston office. Doreen focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and criminal and civil government investigations. She represents companies and individuals in matters involving civil and criminal investigations, including grand jury matters, and enforcement actions conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and state government agencies. She has extensive experience conducting complex global internal investigations and advising boards on internal compliance programs. Her clients span a variety of industries, including financial services, life sciences, technology, and maritime. Doreen is a member of Sidley’s White Collar Defense 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. 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.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Doreen was 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 is a recipient of several notable awards. Her experience and commitment to public service earned her the National Bar Association’s 2019 “Outstanding Women Lawyer Hidden Figure/Impact Award.” She also received the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s 2022 Excellence in the Law Award for “Excellence in Pro Bono” for her outstanding leadership, vision, advocacy, and contributions in the community, as well as the 2018 “Top Women of Law” Award, which celebrates outstanding achievements made by exceptional women lawyers. Doreen was also recognized by Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Criminal Defense: White Collar in 2022 and 2023.

Doreen is an active member of her Church community, Bethel A.M.E. Church, and participates on several boards, including the Barnard College of Columbia University board, the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division (Chair-Elect), Massachusetts Women’s Bar Foundation, Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Counsel, and the Jack and Jill Newton Chapter board. Doreen is also a former President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association.

Doreen simultaneously received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, and graduate degree from The Catholic University of America. After graduating from The Catholic University of America, Doreen received her law degree from 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.

Doreen resides with her amazing and loving family in Newton. She thoroughly enjoys spending quality time with her fabulous close friends, her extraordinary children, her phenomenal partner, Barrington Fields, and her loving mother, Verna Clay.