Rachel K. Gillette


  • State of Connecticut
  • State of Colorado
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado
  • United States Tax Court


  • Quinnipiac University, J.D.
  • University of Colorado at Boulder, B.A., Political Science, Certificate in Peace & Conflict Studies

Licensed in Colorado and Connecticut, Rachel’s areas of practice include tax law and compliance, business law and transactions, business licensing, business formation, medical marijuana law, marijuana/cannabis businesses licensing, contract drafting and review, Landlord/Tenant law, labor and employment law, election law and political consulting. Visit her website to learn moreĀ about her practice based in Lafayette, Colorado.

For over seven years, Rachel has represented clients before the IRS’s Examinations, Appeals, and Collections Divisions. She has successfully protested numerous tax deficiencies with local and state taxing authorities, often saving her clients thousands of dollars in incorrectly assessed taxes, interest, and penalties. Rachel’s firm can guide you or your business through the complicated and stressful collections, examinations, and appeals processes with the IRS and other taxing authorities. She handles tax debt settlements, offers in compromise, audits, innocent spouse claims, protests, unemployment and employment tax issues, trust fund tax assessments, and civil penalty assessments, penalty abatements, levy releases, and business or personal tax audits so you don’t have to. Rachel is a zealous advocate for individual and business client taxpayers facing complicated tax compliance issues or unjust assessments.

Rachel received her Juris Doctorate from the Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut, where she served as Associate Editor of the Quinnipiac University Probate Law Journal. Rachel attended the University of Colorado, Boulder for her undergraduate studies, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with an additional Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies. In law school, Rachel interned with the New Haven Public Defender’s office, where she developed her passion and commitment for the advocacy of those facing the many challenges of the criminal justice system.

Since 2007, Rachel has served as in-house Legal Counsel and Project Supervisor for the Merriman River Group, a national private election and political consulting firm. Through her work with Merriman River Group, Rachel served as non-TITAN & Eligibility Coordinator for the 2006 & 2011 International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Officer Elections, where she created, implemented and managed a union-wide accounting system for member voter eligibility verification for the Graphic Communication Division of the IBT. Rachel regularly advises MRG’s union clientele on rule changes, rule interpretations and rule compliance. She has been responsible for reconciling voter eligibility and ballot disputes during numerous union election vote count processes and also provides professional political campaign consulting services, as needed.

Rachel is also committed to public interest work. She is a member of the NORML Legal Committee and currently serves as Executive Director of Colorado NORML.