• Florida State University, B.A. (2008) summa cum laude with honors
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. National Security Law (2011)


  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia


  • French  (Intermediate)
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 Litigation groups. Kate's practice focuses on the intersection between national security and private industry. She often represents defense, technology, and aerospace companies across a myriad of issues, with particular expertise in cybersecurity and its evolving regulatory landscape. Kate has counseled clients regarding a variety of data security issues, including those related to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, FISMA, sensitive security information (SSI) and critical infrastructure information (CII), the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS), the Privacy Act, personally identifiable information (PII), and Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs).

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, domestic and international arbitration, domain names, class actions, federal appeals, bid protests, and contract claims. Her representative work includes:

  • Prosecuting trade secrets claims in state trial court on behalf of Fortune 500 companies.
  • Federal appellate advocacy on behalf of government official facing Bivens liability.
  • Representing software service provider in arbitration of contractual and common law disputes.
  • Pursuing unprecedented indemnification claim before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, while advising on related DCAA audit.
  • Defending Fortune 100 company from breach of contract claim in federal district court.

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 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.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia and Virginia

Speeches & Presentations

  • "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.


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