Kate M. Growley, Associate Washington, D.C.
kgrowley@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2698
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 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. She is also a frequent contributor to Crowell & Moring's Data Law Insights.

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

  • CAN-SPAM Act
  • CFAA
  • Controlled unclassified information (CUI)
  • Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Cyber Security Information
    Assurance (CS/IA)
  • DFARS Safeguarding Rule
  • Economic Espionage Act
  • FERPA
  • FIPPs
  • First and Fourth Amendments
  • FISMA
  • FTC enforcement
  • HIPAA
  • Homeland security (HSAR) regulations
  • Incident response
  • Information sharing
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Mobile applications
  • NISPOM
  • NIST Cybersecurity Framework
  • Online advertising
  • PCI DSS
  • Privacy Act
  • Sensitive security information (SSI)
  • State Attorneys General enforcement
  • 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, 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. Additionally, Kate is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US).

In addition to her robust information security practice, Kate is an active litigator whose practice covers Bivens liability, constitutional issues, contractual disputes, the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition. Kate litigates these and other matters in multiple contexts, including state, federal, and administrative court at the trial and appellate level; and has experience in class actions, arbitration, mediation, bid protests, and as amici. Kate's representative work includes:

  • Prosecuting multiple trade secrets claims on behalf of various Fortune 500 companies;
  • Defending higher education institution against class actions stemming from security incident;
  • Defending former federal official regarding Bivens liability stemming from post-9/11 PENTTBOM investigation;
  • Defending foreign government official from allegations of terrorism;
  • Representing software service provider in arbitration regarding contractual and unauthorized access claims; and
  • Pursuing indemnification claim under Public Law 85-804 on behalf of major defense contractor.

Outside of Kate's data security and litigation practice, she is also an active pro bono advocate. 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 various Crowell & Moring initiatives. She currently serves as co-chair of the firm's Women Attorneys' Network. She is also the only associate member of the firm's Information Security Task Force.

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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