Kate M. Growley, Associate Washington, D.C.
kgrowley@crowell.com
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 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. 

Kate has counseled clients regarding a variety of data security issues, including those related to:

  • FAR/DFARS
  • FISMA
  • NIST Cybersecurity Framework
  • Sensitive security information
  • Privacy Act
  • FIPPs
  • FERPA
  • HIPAA
  • PCI-DSS
  • FTC Act
  • State Attorneys General enforcement
  • State privacy laws
  • TCPA
  • CAN-SPAM Act
  • First and Fourth Amendments

Her counseling in these and other areas has helped clients from the defense, technology, transportation, security, aviation, healthcare, retail, and education industries, among others. Kate's frequent participation in the ABA, particularly as vice-chair of the Science & Technology (SciTech) Section Homeland Security Committee, further hones these skills.

In addition to her robust information security practice, Kate is an active litigator in both state and federal court. Her broad practice covers Bivens actions, trade secrets, domain names, unfair competition, and contractual disputes in multiple contexts, including state and federal trial court, domestic and international arbitration, class actions, federal appeals, and bid protests. Her representative work includes:

  • Prosecuting trade secrets claims in multiple state trial courts on behalf of Fortune 500 companies.
  • Defending in federal appellate court former government official facing Bivens liability stemming from the post-9/11 PENTTBOM investigation.
  • Representing software service provider in arbitration regarding contractual and unauthorized access claims.
  • 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 a member of the Young Lawyer's Committee of the D.C. Women’s Bar Association, as well as a member of the Executive Committee of Crowell & Moring's Women Attorneys' Network, where she acts as co-chair of Substantive Programming.

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.



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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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