Rebecca Harlow


  • JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2011; technical editor, Harvard Environmental Law Review ; Harvard Mediation Program
  • BA (English), with distinction, Stanford University, 2008; Phi Beta Kappa


  • California, 2012

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2015

Rebecca Harlow


Rebecca joined Ropes & Gray in 2012 as an associate in the firm’s Litigation and Enforcement group. She has worked on a variety of matters including privacy and data security breach litigation, securities enforcement and shareholder litigation, employment litigation, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, Stark Act investigations, Freedom of Information Act issues, and complex commercial litigation. Rebecca’s pro bono practice includes the representation of applicants for asylum and representation of a group of nearly two dozen religious liberty organizations led by the Anti-Defamation League in filing amicus briefs in twelve federal appellate court cases in support of plaintiffs challenging state constitutional amendments barring same-sex marriage.

Prior to joining the firm, Rebecca spent a year in the Welfare Law Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services through the firm’s New Alternatives Program. At GBLS, she represented low-income clients seeking and receiving food stamps and cash assistance benefits.


  • Representing Arby’s Restaurant Group in defending consumer and card issuer putative class actions arising out of the 2017 announcement of a payment card incident.
  • Representing Hilton Worldwide in litigation of a commercial dispute with a payment card processor related to the announcement of two data security incidents.
  • Representing media company in ERISA action.
  • Representing manufacturer in multiple California wage-and-hour actions.
  • Assisting multiple pro bono clients with affirmative and defensive applications for asylum.
  • Represented Target in responding to card brand inquiries and defending card issuer class action litigation stemming from the data security breach that was announced in 2013.
  • Won dismissal of a class action complaint against the investment adviser of a public equity firm brought by former employees of a portfolio company.
  • Won dismissal of claims against investment funds in derivative action arising out of proxy contest.
  • Represented peer-to-peer lender in class action alleging violations of state securities regulations, which resulted in a settlement.
  • Represented financial technology company in two-week arbitration of contract dispute.
  • Represented company in arbitration of disputes over land contamination and clean-up.
  • Represented leading hedge fund and financial services client in the federal government’s investigation into insider trading and the use of expert networks.
  • Represented education company in internal investigation and related litigation.
  • Conducted international FCPA compliance review for a global pharmaceutical company.
  • Represented individual plaintiffs and Equality Utah in constitutional challenge to Utah curriculum and school club laws, resulting in legislative amendment.


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