Attorney Noël Harlow

“I believe power and balance can be righted by the properties of law.”

- Noël Harlow


Attorney Noël Harlow

Noël Harlow has battled injustice on behalf of others all her life — and her work continues at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, where she fights for the rights of workers throughout North Carolina.

Throughout Noël’s career, she’s stood up for those who are underrepresented and disadvantaged, and each position she’s taken has strengthened her resolve to right the scales of justice. At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, she heads the firm’s employment law practice and fights to protect everyday people trying to make an honest living.

“I believe power and balance can be righted by the properties of law.”

Serving Those in Need

Early in her career, Noël worked closely with domestic violence survivors while managing daily operations at a YWCA crisis shelter in Glendale, Calif. She recognized that she could make an even greater impact helping disadvantaged people by becoming an attorney, and resigned after three years to obtain her law degree.

After law school, Noël got her first experience practicing employment law by defending employees in discrimination and sexual harassment cases, all while bringing nationwide wage and hour class actions. In 2009, she reignited her passion for supporting vulnerable women and children by serving as a gender-based violence authority and legal services counselor for Burundian and Congolese refugees in Tanzanian refugee camps.

Upon her return to the States, Noël became the legal and advocacy services director at the Center for Community Solutions in San Diego. For five years, she acted as lead counsel for the center’s domestic violence and sexual assault victims, while also serving on various city and county teams dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, and sexual assault.

Noël then focused her drive and determination on managing a new “Anchor Team” in San Diego County aimed at providing comprehensive care to the elderly. Before moving to North Carolina to be closer to family, Noël worked with yet another underserved population and provided training and consultative services to a Native American nonprofit aimed at helping victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Re-Establishing the Balance of Power for Employees

Noël spent her first year and a half in North Carolina working at Legal Aid of North Carolina, a non-profit that provides free legal services to low-income individuals. She also taught an intersectional feminist jurisprudence seminar at Campbell University School of Law and was voted 2020 Adjunct Professor of the Year by the student body.

At James Scott Farrin, she uses her empathy, drive, and vast legal experience to try to ensure that her clients’ employment rights are protected. Noël believes employment law positively impacts society by re-establishing a proper balance of power between employees and their employers.

As she has throughout her career, Noël continues to advocate for the rights of the underrepresented and level the playing field for all.

“Power differences exist everywhere.”

When not at work, Noël spends time with her family and loves to travel. She believes that travel helps you understand that you are part of a larger, global community.

She has witnessed power imbalances throughout her travels – tribalism, racism, and oppression – and feels a responsibility to make a difference when and where she can. And she also draws hope and inspiration from those she has met on her travels.

Noël has witnessed true generosity of spirit from individuals in the middle of a war, and she takes these lessons with her as she fights for others.

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Licensed In

  • North Carolina
  • California*

Practice Area


  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina

Law School

Chicago-Kent College of Law
Chicago, IL
2007, J.D., Charles Evans Hughes Moot Court Competition, Finalist


University of California at Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
1998, B.A. in Economics

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