For the last 10 years, Rabi has honed his litigation and investigation skills in a variety of areas ranging from complex commercial disputes, products liability, and securities and compliance. Rabi also worked as a United States Air Force Judge Advocate General, prosecuting criminal cases. In both the military and California courts, Rabi has tried cases to verdict, counseled numerous clients in adverse actions and employment issues, deposed witnesses, and managed multi-layered investigations of fraud, harassment, and securities violations. Before practicing law, Rabi served for eight years in the Air Force as a Special Operations Navigator and an RC-135 maintenance officer.
He now joins Medina McKelvey from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, one of the top law firms in the world. At Orrick, Rabi counseled clients from Fortune 100 companies, tech startups, and small businesses, shielding them from liability and negotiating many of their complex cases against regulatory agencies to favorable settlements. He uses this skill set to advise California businesses in the multifaceted nuances of the California Labor Code.
Knowledgeable Litigator and Skilled Investigator
Rabi’s unique background, coupled with his experience representing clients from both sides of the bar, position him to appreciate diverse clients of all scales and industries. He enjoys connecting with people and is well versed in interviewing and cross-examining witnesses in high-profile trials and investigations. Rabi tailors his approach for each client by applying his knowledge of the California court system and his creative problem-solving skills while remaining calm under pressure.
Rabi’s favorite part of practicing law is listening to his clients and crafting a successful strategy to meet their needs. In the Air Force, he was highly sought after to advise over 60 squadron commanders in solving their employee personnel issues, such as addressing harassment and hostile work environments. Rabi’s legal assistance to the entire military base populace was instrumental in his team earning the nation’s #1 ABA Legal Assistance Military Program. He attributes this success to focusing on people rather than projects.
Service Before Self
Rabi became a lawyer to help others and offer counsel for those who are victims of the legal system. To that end, he has concentrated on pro bono efforts to assist homeless veterans seeking VA disability benefits, as well as improving legal resources in the fight against international human trafficking. Rabi regularly looks for opportunities to participate in Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and seeks to give back and serve within his community.
Before becoming an attorney, Rabi served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years as a navigator, electronic warfare officer, and maintenance officer. He flew in the AC-130U “Spooky” Gunship, flying low-level missions off the coast of Florida, and deployed to the Middle East as part of a Special Operations team in support of the Global War on Terror and the second Gulf War. He also supervised hundreds of maintenance troops, managing logistics for the E-4 and RC-135 “Rivet Joint” aircraft for electronic surveillance combat missions. This military service equipped him with the leadership, discipline, and management skills that he has since applied in his legal career.
Rabi attended Pepperdine University School of Law, where he was the Managing Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review, argued on the school’s Moot Court team in international competitions, and was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society. He also has a Masters degree with an emphasis in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma (earning a cumulative 4.0 GPA), and was on the Dean’s List at Tulane University, his undergraduate alma mater.
Out of Office
Rabi enjoys spending time with his wife of 10 years while raising their two children in Roseville. In his free time, he loves snowboarding on a fresh powder day, DIY home improvement, and watching his favorite professional sports teams self destruct each season.