Rebekah Newman joined Ropes & Gray in 2017 as an associate in the litigation and enforcement practice group. Bekah focuses her practice on government and internal investigations, various regulatory matters, and advocacy in antitrust merger reviews. Bekah helps clients respond to government inquiries and proactively analyze and develop compliance programs in accordance with FCPA guidance.
Bekah maintains an active pro bono practice. Bekah works with the National Immigrant Justice Center and the Texas Civil Rights Projects to represent asylum seekers. In 2018, she traveled to the U.S. border to assist with the firm’s efforts to reunify separated immigrant parents and children and continues to represent those clients in their asylum applications. She serves on the leadership team of Project Validate, the firm’s initiative to help transgender individuals obtain amended state and federal identification documents, and coordinates the Chicago office’s yearly participation in the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and Public Interest Law Initiative legal clinic. Bekah also represented a class of detained juveniles contesting unconstitutional restraint, seclusion, and mental health practices in a federal class action lawsuit.
During law school, Bekah served as a staff editor and submissions editor for the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy. She also served as a research assistant for Professor Robert Jones. She was a Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) participant in 2015 with Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI).
Before attending law school, Bekah completed a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in New Orleans, Louisiana where she worked as a Juvenile Client Services Advocate in the municipal court division.
- Represented global pharmaceutical company in litigation, and eventual settlement, in the Northern District of California asserting Lanham Act claims against competitors and defending antitrust counterclaims.
- Supported Independent Compliance Monitor appointed by DOJ and SEC pursuant to an FCPA deferred prosecution agreement.
- Represented client in second-level merger review proceeding before the FTC.
- Advised clients regarding best practices in anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, and sanctions compliance programs.
- Conducts international anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, and sanctions risk monitoring of various client portfolio companies.
- C.P.X. v. Garcia (S.D. Iowa): part of trial team representing plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against a state-run juvenile treatment facility, alleging violations of the Eighth and Fourteen Amendments.
- Successful representation of clients through all stages of the asylum process.
- Co-author, “Potential Anticompetitive Impact of Industry-Focused Minority Shareholders,” ABA (Winter 2019)
- Editor, American Bar Association Pharmaceutical Industry Antitrust Handbook (2d ed.) (2018)
- JD, cum laude, University of Notre Dame Law School, 2017; Staff Editor, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy; Dean's list
- BA, cum laude, Marquette University, 2013