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  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.A. (2015) magna cum laude
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D. (2020) magna cum laude


  • Admitted in North Carolina Only
  • Practicing under the Supervision of D.C. Bar Members

Roy Abernathy

Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.654.6722
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

Roy Abernathy is an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office. He is a member of the firm’s Antitrust & Competition and Advertising & Media groups. His practice primarily involves complex litigation in federal and arbitral forums and defending against regulatory challenges.

Roy’s work includes matters involving the defense of advertising issues in consumer class actions and FTC civil investigative demands as well as pricing arbitration. He represents a variety of corporate clients through litigation, regulatory enforcements via the National Advertising Division and Federal Trade Commission, and product counseling in a variety of industries. His work involves client counseling and representation related to Lanham Act false advertising, consumer class false advertising, unfair competition, fraud, contract breach, and antitrust recovery disputes.

Roy received his J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he was president of the Student Bar Association, vice-chair of the Moot Court Executive Board, and a senior articles editor for the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice. Prior to joining the firm as a summer associate, he was a law clerk for the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. Now at Crowell, he serves as an associate trustee for the Washington Lawyers’ Committee. Roy received a B.S. in applied economics and a B.A. in political science, magna cum laude, from Virginia Tech in 2015.


Admitted to practice: North Carolina

Roy is admitted in North Carolina only, practicing under the supervision of D.C. Bar members.


  • "Despite the Pandemic, Food-Related False Advertising Lawsuits Continue to be Frequent Filers," Crowell & Moring’s Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (September 17, 2021). Authors: Christopher A. Cole, Raija Horstman and Roy Abernathy.
  • "Seeking Remedies for LGBTQ Children from Destructive Parental Authority in the Era of Religious Freedom," Washington & Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice , Volume 26, Issue 2 (May 29, 2020). Author: Roy Abernathy

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