R.C.
Harlan

Partner

 
"One of my early mentors told her young children, 'I help people,' when they asked what she did as a lawyer. Her simple response stuck with me. I approach each matter by first asking the question, 'How can we best help our clients?' The answer informs our strategy and allows us to become our clients' trusted advisors."

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Claremont McKenna College, B.A.

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S.D.C. Central District of California
  • U.S.D.C. Northern District of California
  • U.S.D.C. Southern District of California

Clerkships

  • Hon. Boyce F. Martin, Jr.
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

R.C. Harlan approaches each case with a blend of incisiveness, diligence, and camaraderie—he listens attentively to his clients and builds a working relationship with them to develop a customized, clear-cut strategy for success.

His proven litigation techniques have led to optimal results for his clients in state and federal courts throughout the country, as well as in private arbitration. With a focus on complex civil disputes, R.C. represents individuals and companies across a wide variety of industries, including high tech, sports and entertainment, towing and transportation, waste management, medical device, pharmaceutical, and healthcare.

In his diverse practice, R.C. handles business and contractual disputes, mass torts, wrongful death suits, and various types of class actions. He conducts internal investigations of large and small companies in response to governmental inquiries, including investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, and local prosecutors. R.C. is also a skilled appellate lawyer—as just two examples, he won multiple appeals overturning orders granting terminating sanctions in a high-profile wrongful death suit and affirmed on appeal the dismissal of substantive RICO violation claims against his client in a civil matter.

R.C. has represented numerous individuals on a pro bono basis, including successfully challenging a death sentence in Alabama state court and obtaining asylum for multiple immigrants who faced persecution either because of their sexual orientation or their political beliefs. Prior to joining Larson, R.C. honed his practice at three Am Law 200 firms.

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Claremont McKenna College, B.A.

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S.D.C. Central District of California
  • U.S.D.C. Northern District of California
  • U.S.D.C. Southern District of California

Clerkships

  • Hon. Boyce F. Martin, Jr.
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
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