Rachel M. Blunk

RMB@sharpless-stavola.com
336-333-6380

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Litigation and Business Torts
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Copyright and Trademark Law
  • Employment Law

Memberships & Experience

Memberships

  • North Carolina State Bar, 2011
  • U.S. District Court for Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Administrative Director of Young Lawyers Division (2015-2016)
    • Division Director of Young Lawyers Division (2014-2015)
    • Chair of Young Lawyers Division Bar Exam Committee (2012-2014
  • Alamance County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
    • Immediate Past President and Board of Directors (2017)
    • President and Board of Directors (2016)
    • President Elect and Board of Directors (2015)
    • Vice President and Board of Directors (2014)
    • Judicial Endorsements Committee Member (2014 – 2016)
    • President of Piedmont Triad Women Attorneys Chapter (2013 – 2014)
    • Nominating and Public Service Awards Committee Chair and Board of Directors (2013)
  • American Bar Association
    • Chair of Young Lawyers Division Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Committee (2015-2017)
  • Leadership Alamance Alumni Association

Reported Cases

Education

  • J.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2011
  • Post Baccalaureate Certificate, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2005 (Classics)
  • B.A., cum laude, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2004

Rachel Blunk is originally from Chicago. Ms. Blunk graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota in 2004 with a B.A. in Classics, and obtained her law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011. Ms. Blunk joined Sharpless & Stavola in 2015. Prior to joining Sharplesss & Stavola, Ms. Blunk practiced civil litigation and commercial transactions for several years at a firm in Burlington, North Carolina. 

Ms. Blunk has a hybrid practice including civil litigation and business law. In her litigation practice, she handles business disputes, such as breach of contract actions, intellectual property disputes, and enforcing and defending covenants not to compete.  In her transactional practice, she focuses on the needs of closely held corporations, particularly the protection of intellectual property, government contracting and employment issues.

Ms. Blunk speaks and writes frequently on a variety of issues, including legal issues facing the LGBT community in North Carolina. Recent publications include: Rachel Blunk, Practicing Law in a Post Marriage Equality North Carolina: Issues Spotting for the Non-Family Law Practitioner, October 28, 2015, Rachel Blunk and Jonathan Espinola, The Tax Implications of Windsor, for You and Your Clients, February 25, 2014; and Maxine Eichner, et al., Potential Legal Impact of the Proposed Same-Sex Marriage Amendment to the North Carolina Constitution, June 6, 2011.

In addition to her law practice, Ms. Blunk is actively involved in her community and volunteers with numerous charitable boards and community organizations. She currently serves in the leadership of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, the The Alamance Partnership for Children, and the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys.

Honors & Listings

  • Young Lawyers Division Scholar – American Bar Association (2015-2016)
  • “40 Under 40 in Business” Triad Business Journal (2015)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers “Rising Star” – Litigation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Young Lawyer of the Quarter Award, Young Lawyers Division, North Carolina Bar Association (Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2015)
  • 1st Place Award of Achievement, Service to the Bar, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division (June 2014)

Community Involvement

  • Junior League of Durham & Orange Counties
    • Chair of Community Focus Committee (2013 – 2015)
    • Junior League Greensboro
      • Member (2017-Present)
    • Alamance Partnership for Children
      • Treasurer (2015 – 2017)
      • Board Member, Program and Evaluation Committee (2013 – 2017)