Rachel Kugel started her own practice roughly ten years ago and has been defending clients in New York and New Jersey on criminal charges / DWI ever since. Kugel grew up in Las Vegas, N.V. and went to Cardozo Law School and American University. She lives in NYC with her family including her two girls. When she’s not working she enjoys spending time with her daughters and juggling all of their activities. It’s a busy life but she wouldn’t trade it.
Do you know what steez is? If so, how do you express your steez?
Having your own style?
I definitely have learned to be myself in the courtroom and that comes out in how I dress for work as well. I don’t try to be someone I’m not and I rarely wear a plain gray suit. The older I get the better I am at letting my own style come through rather than wearing a suit of armor at work.
When you were younger what was your dream occupation?
I was a philosophy major so I’m not sure I had that figured out.
Who/What inspired you to get into your current field?
After college I took a crazy job as a criminal defense investigator in Washington, D.C. I loved that job and found the human drama of it all really fulfilling and the philosophy of law really interesting. So I decided to go to law school.
What is one current trend that excites you?
The economic trend toward entrepreneurship in this country.
What would you consider your biggest accomplishment?
What do you think of social media? Has it made an impact on your professional career?
Yes and no, I think it allows me to reach potential clients easier and get my brand out there however I’m not so sure people want to be “friends” publicly with their criminal defense attorney.
If you were ever to start again, would you do anything differently?
Nope. No regrets.
What do you see for the future?
I hope to continue to build and grow my business and continue to serve individuals dealing with a difficult time in their lives.
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