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Rachel Zacharias
Rachel Zacharias

2020 Unsung Legal Heroes: Rachel Zacharias

Earlier this year Faegre Baker Daniels merged with the Philadelphia firm Drinker Biddle & Reath just as the pandemic began. Rachel Zacharias recalls traveling east with her manager just as both firms decided to have employees work remotely.

There was only one problem. Both firms relied heavily on paper documents for billing. Zacharias and a team of colleagues digitized the process in just two days, creating guides for employees to use if they did not know how to track changes or edit bills virtually. “It turns out they love the new system and we don’t have to kill a bunch of trees every month,” she said.

Zacharias worked in information technology at a Wisconsin school district and a Twin Cities grocer before she landed at Faegre. She grew to become an expert in legal billing, even though she has no background in finance and accounting.

“The best part of my job is helping people,” she said. “I like information technology because it involves the technical stuff I love and I get to help colleagues in the process.”

She likes Faegre Drinker because of its commitment to community outreach. Zacharias and the LGBT Resource Group collected donations for Avenues for Homeless Youth and the LGBTQ group Reclaim. “I like knowing that I’m helping someone else,” she said.

What’s the best piece of advice that you ever received?

I think the idea of just going for a job. I lost my dad three years ago and he’d say, “Just go for it.”

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I have a degree in English literature and writing. Most people think I have a background in IT.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Here’s the nerdiest answer in IT: I love gaming.

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