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)
  • DFARS Safeguarding Rule
  • Economic Espionage Act
  • FERPA
  • FIPPs
  • First and Fourth Amendments
  • FISMA
  • FTC enforcement
  • HIPAA
  • Homeland security (HSAR) regulations
  • Incident response
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Mobile applications
  • NISPOM
  • NIST Cybersecurity Framework
  • Online advertising
  • PCI DSS
  • Privacy Act
  • Sensitive security information
  • 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.

    In addition to her robust information security practice, Kate is an active litigator in state and federal court. Her broad practice covers Bivens liability, constitutional issues, contractual disputes, indemnification claims, misappropriation of trade secrets, patent infringement, 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 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 university system against privacy 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 actively engages in the firm's Women Attorneys' Network, for which she serves as chair of communications, as well as the firm's Information Security Task Force, of which she is the only associate member.

    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.



    Affiliations

    Admitted to practice: District of Columbia and Virginia



    Speeches & Presentations

    • "Cybersecurity & Data Privacy: Tackling Tough Questions for Federal Agencies & Contractors," Thompson Interactive Webinar (May 7, 2015). Presenters: Kate M. Growley, Gordon Griffin, Yuan Zhou, and Sharmistha Das.
    • "Cybersecurity Risk Management: The View from Washington and Beyond," OOPS 2015, Crowell & Moring's 31st Annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar, Washington, D.C. (May 5-6, 2015). Moderator: Peter B. Miller; Panelists: Evan D. Wolff, Maida Oringher Lerner, and Kate M. Growley.
    • "Cybersecurity and Government Contracting: Regulations, Implications and Compliance," Federal Publications Seminars, Washington, D.C. (April 14, 2015). Presenters: David Z. Bodenheimer, Kate M. Growley, Yuan Zhou, and Sharmistha Das.
    • "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.


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    In the News

    • Expert Tells Federal Contractors to Play It Safe, Invest in Compliance
      May 12, 2015 — Bloomberg BNA

      Crowell & Moring's Ounce of Prevention Seminar, hosted by the firm's Government Contracts Group, is featured in a BNA article discussing compliance measures for federal contractors. George Washington University law professor Steven Schooner, who spoke at the conference, discussed key compliance cases to highlight the importance of risk avoidance for contractors.

    • 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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