Dexter Rappleye joined Bush Gottlieb as an associate in July 2016.
Mr. Rappleye graduated cum laude from the University of California Irvine School of Law in 2014. During law school, he served as a Senior Research Editor and a Lead Article Editor on the UC Irvine Law Review. As a summer law clerk for UNITE HERE Local 11, Mr. Rappleye provided legal support for their organizing campaigns and contract negotiations. He represented their members, low-wage hotel workers, in grievance negotiations and administrative proceedings. Mr. Rappleye then led a team of students at UC Irvine to provide continued assistance for UNITE HERE’s organizing campaigns and was awarded a Pro Bono Leadership Award for this work. He also worked as an extern with the Federal Public Defender’s office in Santa Ana, where he participated in federal criminal trials and pretrial proceedings.
After law school, Mr. Rappleye was awarded a UCI Law Public Service Fellowship to work on impact litigation projects at Public Counsel Opportunity Under Law. At Public Counsel, he represented students of for-profit colleges asserting claims against their schools, student loan servicers and debt collectors, and various government agencies. Mr. Rappleye also worked on civil rights litigation involving California’s primary education and criminal justice systems.