Rachel Waranch is Managing Counsel for Chanel, Inc., where she partners with the business and advises on a wide array of matters, with a focus on media, digital, public relations, marketing, events, retail, data privacy (CIPP/US) and compliance. She oversees, drafts, and negotiates a wide variety of contracts in these areas, and is deeply involved in the company’s charitable foundation, having helped set up the legal structure in the United States and currently serving as Secretary on Fondation Chanel’s US Board. Rachel is also closely involved in the company’s D&I initiatives, having helped set up the Employee Resource Group (ERG) program and currently serving as an advisor for the Jewish Culture ERG. She has also managed the protection of Chanel’s intellectual property rights in the United States.
Prior to joining Chanel as in-house counsel, Rachel was an associate at Kaufman, Borgeest & Ryan, and interned at Chanel and Kate Spade while in law school. Rachel graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with honors, majoring in English and minoring in business, and received her J.D. from Cardozo Law School where she received a Dean’s Merit Scholarship and served as Acquisitions Editor of the Arts & Entertainment Law Journal. Originally from Baltimore, Rachel lived in New York City for almost ten years, and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children and tiny dog.