Rachel Guthrie joined The Justis Law Firm LLC in 2014. A child of the Ozarks, Rachel was born in north-central Arkansas and raised in southwest Missouri prior to attending the University of Missouri Kansas City, where she graduated cum laude with Bachelors of Arts in Biology and Environmental Studies. After graduating from UMKC, Rachel worked as a field biologist on commercial fishing vessels in the Aleutian Islands, traveled the western United States and Canada, and interned as a primate zookeeper in New Orleans before attending Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. During law school, Rachel served on the Environmental Lawreview, and was the dedicated environmental law clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon, where she represented various federal agencies in environmental matters in public lands and national forests.
In 2012, Rachel graduated from Lewis & Clark cum laude with her J.D. and Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. She then returned to Kansas City to join the Environmental Division at Stinson Leonard Street. While at Stinson, Rachel had a diverse practice in civil and criminal litigation, business transactions, and regulatory compliance counseling for clients across industry sectors in matters arising under various environmental and energy laws, including CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, FIFRA, and radiation safety and public utilities regulation.
Rachel is licensed to practice in the states of Missouri and Kansas, including the federal district courts for the Western District of Missouri and the District of Kansas. She also practices pro hac vicein various other federal districts.
Rachel’s professional affiliations include The Missouri Bar (Environmental and Energy Law, Tort Law Committees), the Kansas Bar Association, the American Bar Association (Section of Environment, Energy and Resources), and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (2014 Co-Chair, Environmental and Energy Committee). Rachel also dedicates herself to civic and volunteer activities. She is currently serving a three-year term on the Kansas City Environmental Management Commission, engages in a significant amount of pro bono legal representation annually, and volunteers with Bridging the Gap and the Midtown Community School Initiative.
Rachel enjoys cycling, roadtrips, stealth camping, canoeing, gardening, DIY home projects, and spending as much time as possible with her husband, family, and two- and four-legged friends.