Rebecca Salley
Associate Attorney, Gerhardstein & Branch

Rebecca Salley is a civil rights attorney based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In December 2019, Rebecca joined a Cincinnati civil rights law firm as an Associate Attorney. Rebecca previously worked as a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, where she addressed the civil legal needs of low-income families in the housing and public benefits practice groups. Her housing work included defending tenants against eviction, advocating for tenants experiencing unsafe housing conditions, and fighting for the preservation of affordable housing for her clients. Rebecca advocated for clients facing legal problems with their health and income benefits, including working families, individuals with disabilities, and the elderly.

As a medical-legal partnership attorney, she provided legal advice and representation to women experiencing high-risk pregnancies (often young women of color), with the goals of addressing social determinants of health and optimizing birth outcomes for clients.

Rebecca takes pride in being a vocal advocate for racial justice, reproductive justice, and economic opportunity for all. She has volunteered with the Ohio Democratic Party and Hamilton County Young Democrats as an election observer and GOTV volunteer.

Rebecca graduated with honors from both Columbia University in the City of New York, where she received a degree in History (2010), and the University of Michigan Law School, where she received her J.D. (2016). She is an alumnus of the Department of Justice, including two years of service as a paralegal specialist in the Antitrust Division, and as a summer law clerk at the Civil Rights Division - Special Litigation Section. After law school, Rebecca served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sara L. Darrow, U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of Illinois.

In her free time, Rebecca enjoys outdoorsy world travel and spoiling her adopted rat terrier, Wrigley.