Frances Faircloth


Ropes & Gray


Fran Faircloth is a partner and core member in Ropes & Gray’s data, privacy, and cybersecurity practice. She represents clients handling complex data, privacy, and cybersecurity matters across a wide range of industries and sectors. Recently, Fran has been advising clients across industries on issues of data protection, opportunistic cyber attacks, and contact tracing technologies in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Fran has assisted clients in privacy and cybersecurity related class action litigation and enforcement actions by the FTC, state Attorneys General, the SEC, and other government agencies. She uses her experience managing incident response and handling complex investigations to help clients get to the root of inquiries and communicate complex cyber and data privacy issues to government regulators and boards of directors.

Fran advises clients on difficult data privacy, cybersecurity, and information law questions involving data breaches, ransomware, online brand protection, social media, e-commerce, and Internet governance. She regularly counsels clients on compliance with federal, state, and foreign privacy and security requirements related to the collection, handling, and protection of data.

Fran maintains an active pro bono practice that is focused on women’s issues and election law. She previously completed a fellowship with the National Women's Law Center where she focused on education and employment matters.

Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Fran practiced at a large international firm and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Scott M. Matheson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. While in law school, Fran was managing editor for the Yale Law Journal and a co-chair of Yale Law Women.


Contributions by Frances Faircloth

  • Member of Education Advisory Board 2022 - 2023