Rachael S. Loukonen

Director
Bar/Court Admissions
  • Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Education
  • J.D., with honors, University of Florida, Levin College of Law, 2003
  • B.S., with honors, University of Florida, 1997

Rachael is board certified by the Florida Bar in business litigation. She focuses her practice on litigation matters involving contracts, property, construction, employment, and corporate issues.

Prior to joining Cohen & Grigsby, Rachael was a shareholder of Grant Fridkin Pearson, P.A., where she focused her practice on trial work, litigation and dispute resolution, representing businesses and individuals in matters involving complex property, commercial business, construction and employment issues.

Rachael is an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell in Litigation, Commercial Law and Business Law, which is the highest rating an attorney can receive for their professional ethics and legal ability by their peers. www.martindale.com/ratings.

Representative Matters

  • Sat as first chair in a trial involving a contentious landlord/tenant action
  • Sat as first chair in an injunction proceeding to require a developer to restore and repave the road leading to a store listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Represented a construction company in a two-week bench trial involving a complex construction dispute between a general contractor and a subcontractor related to work performed on a high-rise condominium building
  • Represented a real estate brokerage company in a dispute concerning adequate disclosures to a purchaser at the trial level and on appeal where the appellate court upheld the trial court’s summary judgment
  • Sat as second chair in a one-week trial involving a multimillion dollar property dispute concerning specific performance of a purchase contract
  • Sitting as first chair, represented a construction company in a two-day jury trial involving an employment dispute for unpaid overtime
  • Represented a hotel owner in a one-week jury trial involving architectural liability for work provided by the architect to the client’s hotel property that failed to comply with the guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Argued before the Second District Court of Appeals concerning whether the clients, the high bidders at a foreclosure sale, would retain title to a million dollar home. Briefed the Second District Court of Appeals and argued against counsel for the mortgage companies
  • Represented various construction companies concerning construction defects and resolving construction disputes on high-rises and multistory condominium developments

Noteworthy Cases

  • Nicely v. Avellino Isles Condominium Association Inc., Case No. 2D13-4290 (Fla. 2d DCA 2014)
  • Florida Georgia Grove, LLP v. Ted Smallwood’s Store, Inc., 95 So. 3d 948 (Fla. 2d DCA 2012)
  • Vanarsdale v. White, 75 So. 3d 1264 (Fla. 2d DCA 2011)
  • Wolverine Constructors I, LLC v. AA Stucco & Drywall, Inc., 30 So. 3d 505 (Fla. 2d DCA 2010)
  • Sterling Factors Corp. v. U.S. Bank Nat’l Ass’n, 968 So. 2d 658 (Fla. 2d DCA 2007)
  • Abercia v. Magnolia Pond Dev. Co., LLC, 963 So. 2d 706 (Fla. 2d DCA 2007)
  • Board Member, St. Matthew’s House, Inc.
  • Board Member, Collier County Bar Association
  • Chair, Collier County Bar Association Trial Lawyers Section
  • Member, Florida Bar Civil Procedure Rules Committee
  • Past President, Collier County Women’s Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Bar (Litigation Section)
  • Member, American Inns of Court, Thomas L. Biggs Section
  • Class Champion and Member, Leadership Collier Class of 2010
  • Member, Estero United Methodist Church

Rachael is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Business Litigation making her one of less than 250 attorneys to have this designation. Recently, she was elected to serve a three year term on the Executive Council of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar.

Rachael was recognized by Gulfshore Business Magazine as one of Southwest Florida’s top 40 leaders under 40 years old and was selected to the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

Rachael is an Allied Attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom making her one of 1,600 attorneys trained by some of the nation’s top litigators and constitutional law experts to provide pro bono services for purposes of defending and advocating for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.

  • “REAL Construction: Manufacturing Warranties, Sourcing Insurance, and Fabricating Liens,” Real Estate Section of the Collier County Bar Association, April 9, 2015
    “Building a Construction Case: From the Owners with a Dream to Unlicensed Contractors and Contractors with a Lien,” Collier County Women’s Bar, April 23, 2014
  • “Ethics for Paralegals: How to Communicate with Your Clients and Adversaries,” Seminar for the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. Southwest Florida Chapter, Fort Myers, April 30, 2011
  • “Litigating Business Disputes,” The Entrepreneur’s Law School, Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulfcoast University, Fort Myers, January 29, 2011
  • “Breaking through the Glass: Powerful Tools for Productive Women,” Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. Southwest Florida Chapter, Naples, July 15, 2010
  • “Legal Advice: Where, When, How and Why?” The Entrepreneur’s Law School, Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulfcoast University, Fort Myers, January 30, 2010
  • Chapter 3, “Slander of Title,” Florida Real Property Litigation Manual, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Edition, The Florida Bar
  • “Collateral Damage – the Fallout of Offers to Settle,” Adverse Witness (Collier County Bar Association) Vol. 131, July-Aug. 2014, at 9
  • “AAA Arbitration May Be Worth the Cost,” Adverse Witness, (Collier County Bar Association) Vol. 129, Apr. 2014, at 1