Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar


  • JD, New York University School of Law, 2011; symposium committee member, New York University Annual Survey of American Law
  • BA (Political Science & Economics), Yale University, 2002; captain, varsity sailing team


  • Massachusetts, 2012

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2015
  • French
  • Spanish
  • International Fiscal Association 
  • American Bar Association 
  • Boston Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • U.S. Olympians Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2016 PAIR Project Pro Bono Mentor Award

Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar


Isabelle Farrar is an associate in the tax departments and is a member of the firm’s tax controversy group. She has extensive experience representing asset managers as well as companies in the health care industry.

Since joining Ropes & Gray in 2012, Isabelle has focused her practice on handling disputes with the IRS, state, and non-U.S. tax authorities. Isabelle has also represented clients in complex civil and criminal matters involving federal and state anti-kickback laws, the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and consumer protection laws.

Isabelle has conducted numerous internal investigations and represented clients in federal and state enforcement actions. She has managed many document review teams, including contract attorney teams, performing responsive, key, and privileged reviews of documents in multiple languages.

She maintains an active pro bono practice, and has successfully represented asylum seekers before the Boston Immigration Court. Isabelle co-manages the firm’s pro bono asylum program. In June 2016, Isabelle was honored to receive the PAIR Project’s Pro Bono Mentor Award for supervising and mentoring over 70 active matters.

Isabelle races sailboats competitively. Prior to joining the firm, she placed fifth in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece in the women’s double-handed division; won the 470 World Championships in 2008; and was ranked first in the world in the women’s 470 as recently as November 2011. Isabelle also won the International One Design World Championships in 2015 and 2017.

While in law school, Isabelle worked as an intern for the Hon. Barbara S. Jones of the Southern District of New York, and she also worked at the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York.


  • Represented a large hedge fund in international tax-related criminal proceedings.
  • Represented a large hedge fund in proceedings in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Tax Court.
  • Represented international pharmaceutical companies in multi-year civil investigations by federal and state authorities into allegedly fraudulent promotional practices.
  • Represented a multi-national pharmaceutical company in an investigation related to allegations of corruption in China.
  • Conducted an internal investigation at a biotechnology company to investigate potential false claims and anti-kickback violations.
  • Represented a leading cable company in antitrust litigations involving claims of unlawful tying.
  • Successfully represented several asylum seekers in immigration court hearings.
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