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. 

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

  • CAN-SPAM Act
  • CFAA
  • FIPPs
  • First and Fourth Amendments
  • FTC Act
  • NIST Cybersecurity Framework
  • Privacy Act
  • Sensitive security information
  • State Attorneys General enforcement
  • State privacy laws
  • TCPA
  • Trade secrets
  • UAS (or "drone") legislation

Her counseling in these and other areas has helped clients from the defense, technology, transportation, security, aviation, health care, 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 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.

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, indemnification, unfair competition, and commercial contracts disputes in multiple contexts, including state and federal trial court, arbitration, class actions, federal appeals, and bid protests. Her representative work includes:

  • Prosecuting trade secrets claims in state and federal court on behalf of 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 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, 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 that, Kate graduated first in her class from Florida State University, summa cum laude and with honors.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia and Virginia

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Issues Relating to Cybersecurity Rules Affecting Government Contractors," ABA Public Contract Law Section Council Meeting, Washington, D.C. (March 14, 2015). Speaker: Kate M. Growley.
  • "ABA Young Leaders on Cybersecurity, Privacy, & Information Law: Rapid-Fire Retrospectives on 2014 and Predictions for 2015," ABA's PCL and SciTech Sections, teleconference (December 8, 2014). Panelists: Elliot Golding and Kate M. Growley.
  • "Cyber Crisis Management: Are You Prepared?" OOPS 2014, Crowell & Moring's 30th Annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar, Washington, D.C. (May 13-14, 2014). Moderator: Evan D. Wolff; Presenters: David Z. Bodenheimer, Kelly T. Currie, and Kate M. Growley.
  • "Cybersecurity and Data Privacy in 2013: Contracting in a Time of Increased Scrutiny," L2 Federal Resources Webinar (September 19, 2013). Presenters: Gordon Griffin, Elliot Golding, Amelia Schmidt, and Kate Molony.
  • “Issues in Cybersecurity,” Lecture at University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute Political Leaders Program (July 13, 2013). Presenters: Kate Molony and Dr. Steven Bucci of the Heritage Foundation.
  • "Cybersecurity for the Next Generation of Government Contractors," Presentation to L2's NextGen Government Contractors Association (April 30, 2013). Presenters: David Z. Bodenheimer, Gordon Griffin, and Kate Molony.


Client Alerts & Newsletters

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.

Firm News & Announcements

Jan.09.2015 Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group Named to Law360's "Practice Groups of the Year" for Fifth Consecutive Year
Jun.05.2014 Crowell & Moring Releases "Data Law Trends & Developments" Report
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