Rebecca Harlow

Senior Associate

San Francisco

Rebecca is a Senior Associate in Orrick's San Francisco office who focuses on cybersecurity and privacy litigation and complex commercial litigation.  

Rebecca's practice includes all aspects of civil litigation, in areas including privacy and data security breach litigation, securities enforcement and shareholder litigation, Freedom of Information Act issues, and complex commercial litigation and arbitration.  She has represented multiple companies in multidistrict class action litigation, regulatory investigations, and payment card brand claims arising out of the announcement of cybersecurity and privacy incidents, from the initial investigation of a potential security incident through resolution of litigation.  She has also represented clients facing investigations by the SEC, employment-related class action lawsuits, and arbitration of contractual disputes.  Rebecca's pro bono practice focuses on immigration and civil rights issues.  

Prior to joining Orrick, Rebecca was a business and securities litigation associate in the San Francisco office of another international law firm.  She previously served as a pro bono fellow at Greater Boston Legal Services representing low-income clients in disputes over state cash and food assistance benefits.

  • Privacy & Cybersecurity

    • Arby's.  Advising Arby's regarding defense against all third-party claims arising from a payment card incident announced in February 2017.
    • Landry's. Advising Landry's regarding its claims against two major card brands arising out of their allegedly unlawful conduct in imposing substantial assessments related to a data security breach suffered by Landry's.
    • Target.  Advised Target Corporation in responding to card brand inquiries and defending card issuer class action litigation stemming from the data security breach that Target announced in 2013.

    Other Complex Commercial Litigation

    • Commercial Arbitration.  Represented a financial technology company in arbitration of a contractual dispute.  Represented a chemical company in arbitration of a dispute over land contamination and clean-up.
    • SEC Inquiries and Investigations.  Assisted a fund client in preparing for an SEC interview regarding a past investment.  Represented a fund client in the federal government's investigation into insider trading and the use of expert networks. 
    • ERISA Dispute.  Represented a client in litigation arising out of a dispute over insurance benefits.