Dallas trial lawyer Rachel Lindsay, a daughter of U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay of Dallas, will soon look for love and a husband as the “bachelorette” on the ABC reality program “The Bachelorette.”
Rachel Lindsay, an associate at Cooper & Scully, currently appears as one of the women vying for the affections of Nick Viall on “The Bachelor.” But last night, on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Jimmy Kimmel announced that Lindsay will be the bachelorette for the season that will air beginning May 22, which means she will leave Viall’s show. Lindsay is the first African-American woman selected as the bachelorette for the long-running series.
“I’m ready to find love, find a husband,” Lindsay told Kimmel on the late-night show. Lindsay, who did not immediately return a telephone message seeking a comment, said that at age 31, she is ready to get married and start a family.
She told Kimmel she is looking for someone with a great smile who can make her laugh.
In an interview this morning on “Good Morning America,” Lindsay said her plan is to stay true to herself in her attempt to find love among a group of men who will woo her on the reality program. “I’d just like to keep it 100 and keep it real,” she said.
Brent Cooper, a name shareholder at Cooper & Scully, said everyone at the firm is happy for Lindsay. “She is an extremely likeable young lady and has done very well. She is just now finishing up a jury trial,” he said, adding that Lindsay does commercial litigation and some personal injury defense work.
Cooper said Lindsay joined the firm in early 2016, and she had previously practiced at the Willis Law Group of Dallas. She graduated from Marquette University Law School in 2011 after earning an undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin.
Name shareholder John Scully said Lindsay’s participation in reality TV has been fun for her and the firm, with many at Cooper & Scully getting together on Monday evenings to watch “The Bachelor.” “She is a talented, smart, hardworking and effective lawyer,” Scully said. “We are proud to have her on our team at Cooper & Scully. We are totally supportive of her and know she will do great.”
When asked if Lindsay’s high profile on TV is good publicity for the firm, Scully said, “What’s important is that Rachel is following her dreams.”
Lindsay isn’t the first Dallas lawyer to get involved in the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise. In 2008, real estate lawyer Jeremy Anderson, now a partner at Anderson Beakley in Dallas, was a contestant in “The Bachelorette” season featuring DeAnna Pappas.
His advice for Lindsay is to focus on figuring out which of the guys in the crowd are on the show for the right reasons, and which are there simply to be on TV. He said many of the men for the upcoming season are already cast, but a few contestants will apply because they are interested in Lindsay.
Anderson said he met Lindsay a few years ago at a Dallas Association of Young Lawyers event, and she was “very, very nice” when they chatted.
“I have no doubt that she’s going to do well. Attorneys haven’t done terribly on the show as a group, [although] there’s been some crazy ones,” Anderson said. “She’s got the likeability factor. She’s just got to do a good job at picking them out from the get-go.”
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