Rachel (Sobrero) Stephens is a trial attorney who focuses her practice in the areas of Title IX defense, criminal defense, divorce and child custody.
Rachel spent nearly fourteen years of her career as a prosecutor, having joined the District Attorney’s Office in Nashville shortly after law school. She was quickly promoted from general sessions court to criminal court. A member of a trial court team for nearly all of her time at the DA’s Office, she handled thousands of cases and earned thousands of hours of courtroom and litigation experience. During her years as a prosecutor, Rachel tried countless bench trials and more than seventy jury trials as the lead or co- prosecutor. She developed a specialty in handling complex, scientific and highly technical evidence in trials, and she acted as co-counsel or lead counsel in several high profile cases. One case was featured on the Investigation Discovery Channel’s Crime Stories: Truck Stop Killer, and in the forthcoming Secrets from the Grave on the same network. Another notorious Nashville cold case, in which Rachel had the opportunity to present evidence that endured scientific testing throughout more than thirty years as DNA testing evolved, was detailed in the book A Season of Darkness.
After eleven years, Rachel moved on to the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, where she served as one of two statewide special prosecutors for two and a half years. In that capacity, she gained valuable experience in twenty-four of the State’s thirty-one judicial districts.
In addition, she developed a passion for teaching trial advocacy. From 2008 through 2011, she taught annually at the National Advocacy Center, which brought together prosecutors from across the country for trial advocacy training. She later served on the Trial Advocacy Committee of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, where she helped develop an intensive, week-long trial advocacy school for Tennessee prosecutors. For her work with the Trial Advocacy Committee, she received the President’s Award, given in recognition of exceptional service to the criminal justice system of Tennessee, the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference and the citizens of Tennessee. She trained prosecutors from across Tennessee for five years at the Trial Ad Course developed by the Committee, in the capacity of faculty team leader and lecturer. She has also participated in training law enforcement for several Tennessee law enforcement agencies. Rachel currently serves as an adjunct professor in the trial advocacy program at Belmont University College of Law.
Rachel is a graduate of Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Geology. After finishing her undergraduate work, Rachel moved to Tennessee where she lived and worked for a year and a half, before returning to Colorado where she attended law school at the University of Denver. While at DU, she was a member of both the trial team and the appellate team, which introduced her to the courtroom and gave her the opportunity to compete nationally for each team. Rachel graduated in the Order of the Coif, an honorary society designating the top ten percent of her class.
Rachel is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and sits on the board of Women In Numbers, a nonpartisan organization which engages and encourages qualified women to be elected to public office.