Kate M. Growley, Associate Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2698
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-2595

Kate M. Growley is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring, where she is a member of the firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity, Government Contracts, and Commercial Litigation groups. 

Kate's practice focuses on the intersection between national security and private industry, with particular experience in cybersecurity, privacy, and their evolving legal landscape, on which she is a frequent author and speaker. In 2014, Kate co-authored an ABA Section of Criminal Justice article titled, "Industry Collaborations on Cybersecurity: Protecting Against Antitrust Violations," which was selected as one of the "Best Articles" for the Business category, Anticompetitive Practice section at the 2015 Antitrust Writing Awards in Washington, D.C.

Kate has performed compliance reviews, conducted risk assessments, and counseled clients regarding a variety of data security issues, including those related to:

  • CAN-SPAM Act
  • CFAA
  • Classified contracting
  • DFARS Safeguarding Clause
  • Economic Espionage Act
  • FIPPs
  • First and Fourth Amendments
  • FTC enforcement
  • Homeland security regulations
  • Incident response
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Mobile applications
  • NIST Cybersecurity Framework
  • Privacy Act
  • Sensitive security information
  • State Attorneys General enforcement
  • State confidentiality laws
  • State privacy laws
  • TCPA
  • Trade secrets
  • UAS/UAV (drone) regulations

Her counseling in these and other areas has helped clients from the automotive, aviation, defense, education, health care, retail, security, start-up, technology, and transportation industries, among others. She also trains attorneys and clients alike on cyber and data security issues. As vice-chair of the Science & Technology (SciTech) Section's Homeland Security Committee, Kate's frequent participation in the ABA allows her to stay abreast of the latest trends and developments in these fields.

In addition to her robust information security practice, Kate is an active litigator in state and federal court. Her broad practice covers Bivens liability, constitutional issues, contractual disputes, indemnification claims, misappropriation of trade secrets, patent infringement, trademarks, and unfair competition. Kate litigates these and other matters in multiple contexts, including state and federal trial courts, arbitrations, class actions, federal appeals, bid protests, and as amici.  Her representative work includes:

  • Prosecuting multiple trade secrets claims in state and federal courts on behalf of various Fortune 500 companies;
  • Defending former government official in federal appellate court regarding Bivens liability stemming from the post-9/11 PENTTBOM investigation;
  • Representing software service provider in arbitration regarding contractual and unauthorized access claims; and
  • Pursuing indemnification claim under Public Law 85-804 before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals on behalf of major defense contractor.

Outside of Kate's data security and litigation practice, she is also an active pro bono advocate, particularly regarding women's immigration issues. Reflecting her consistent dedication, Kate has been honored by the University of Virginia School of Law with its Pro Bono Challenge Award, named to the D.C. Bar's High Honor Roll, and nominated by Crowell & Moring for its annual George Bailey Awards. Kate also participates in women's initiatives outside of the pro bono sphere. She is an Executive Committee member of Crowell & Moring's Women Attorneys' Network, for which she acts as chair of Communications.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Kate received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where her studies focused on national security. Before then, Kate graduated first in her class from Florida State University, summa cum laude with honors.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia and Virginia

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In the News

  • Defense Contractors Don't Want to Say When They've Been Hacked
    December 13, 2012 — Mother Jones

    Washington, D.C.-based Government Contracts and Privacy & Cybersecurity group associate, Kate M. Growley, was cited in Mother Jones magazine regarding a Crowell & Moring LLP client alert she had co-authored titled, "New Cyber Breach Amendment Raises Questions for Cleared Contractors." The piece focused on an amendment, introduced by Senator Carl Levin, to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act that would direct the Department of Defense to establish procedures requiring contractors with security clearances to make disclosures when their covered networks have been successfully breached. The alert was part of the Mother Jones article focusing on contractors participating in a voluntary information-sharing program.

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