Rachel Nadas


  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2015
  • Brandeis University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2009


  • "Damaged Bodies, Damaged Lives: Immigrant Worker Injuries as Dignity Takings," 92 CHICAGO-KENT L. REV. 1155 (2017) (with Jayesh Rathod)
  • "Justice for Workplace Crimes: An Immigration Law Remedy," 19 HARV. LATINO L. REV 137 (2016)


  • Virginia


Rachel Nadas is an Associate Attorney at Handley Farah & Anderson, where she represents a variety of clients harmed by corporate misconduct and government abuse. She litigates both individual and class action cases involving wage theft, exploited foreign labor, antitrust violations, consumer fraud, housing discrimination, employment discrimination and other civil rights violations.   

Prior to joining HFA, Ms. Nadas was a Staff Attorney in the Economic Justice and Immigrant Advocacy programs at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Virginia. While at the Legal Aid Justice Center, Ms. Nadas developed and litigated claims involving violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the civil rights of immigrants. She also represented low-income individuals sued by debt buyers, medical providers, and banks as well as immigrants in bond and removal proceedings. Prior to joining Legal Aid Justice Center Ms. Nadas clerked for the Honorable Frank Montalvo in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. 

Ms. Nadas has had a longstanding commitment to worker and immigrant rights. Prior to law school, she worked at the D.C. Employment Justice Center and the Legal Aid Society of D.C. During law school, she interned for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project and the East Bay Community Law Center. 

Ms. Nadas is the author of Damaged Bodies, Damaged Lives: Immigrant Worker Injuries as Dignity Takings, 92 Chicago-Kent L. Rev. 1155 (2017) (with Jayesh Rathod) and Justice for Workplace Crimes: An Immigration Law Remedy, 19 Harv. Latino L. Rev 137 (2016). 

Ms. Nadas received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Brandeis University. She attended law school at American University Washington College of Law, where she was a Public Interest/Public Service Scholar and graduated Order of the Coif, magna cum laude. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Nadas was awarded the Dean’s Award for Professional Responsibility for her clinical work and the Washington College of Law Alumni Award for her contributions to student activities and the progress of the law school. 

Ms. Nadas lives in Washington, D.C.  Outside of work she enjoys long distance running, visiting national parks, and baking. Ms. Nadas speaks Spanish. 

Ms. Nadas is admitted to practice only in Virginia. She is not yet admitted in the District of Columbia and is practicing under the supervision of a member of the D.C. Bar.