Rebecca C. Ellis


  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2012; Executive editor, Harvard Law Review
  • BA, summa cum laude, Wellesley College, 2006; Phi Beta Kappa


  • Massachusetts, 2012

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2015
  • Honorable Sandra L. Lynch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Rebecca C. Ellis


Rebecca Ellis has represented clients in matters before federal and state courts, including both trial courts and courts of appeals, as well as in internal and government investigations. Her experience spans multiple stages of litigation and investigations, including dispositive motion practice, discovery, settlements, and appeals. Her clients have included national retailers, telecommunications companies, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and financial services firms. She has experience with the False Claims Act, state consumer protection statutes, Sherman Act and other antitrust claims, Delaware corporate law, and state and federal laws on fraud and conspiracy.

Rebecca’s pro bono practice includes representing survivors of child sex trafficking in federal civil matters alleging violations of federal and state trafficking laws. She has also participated in Ropes & Gray’s “Project Validate,” a partnership with GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders that advises clients on how to secure identity documents that match their gender identity.

Rebecca joined the litigation department as an associate in 2013. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was an executive editor of the Harvard Law Review. Prior to joining the firm, Rebecca clerked for the Hon. Judge Sandra Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.


  • Represented a medical device manufacturer in a successful defense of a False Claims Act qui tam suit relating to compliance with the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act.
  • Secured dismissal of a federal Securities Act claim against a biotechnology company developing a novel treatment for a serious medical condition.
  • Managed the settlement process for a cable television provider’s settlement of a consumer class action alleging antitrust claims.
  • Represented a financial services firm in a multi-year government investigation by agencies in the United States and United Kingdom.
  • Represented retail clients in putative class actions alleging violations of state consumer protection laws relating to comparison pricing.
  • Briefed three appeals before the First Circuit Court of Appeals and served as local counsel consultant on two additional First Circuit appeals.


  • Kirsten Mayer, Maria Carboni, David Derusha, and Rebecca Ellis, “You’re Not Done Yet – How Judicial Intervention is Reshaping the Corporate Settlement Landscape,” American Bar Association’s 28th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime (March 2014).
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