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. She was recently named a “Rising Star” by the American Bar Association Science & Technology Section. Kate has performed compliance reviews, conducted risk assessment, handled security incidents, and counseled clients regarding a variety of information management issues, including those related to:

  • Cloud computing
  • Computer Fraud & Abuse Act (CFAA)
  • Controlled unclassified information (CUI)
  • Covered defense information (CDI)
  • Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Cyber Security Information
    Assurance (CS/IA)
  • DFARS Safeguarding Clause (252.204-7012)
  • Economic Espionage Act
  • FAR Basic Safeguarding Clause (52.204-21)
  • FERPA
  • FIPPs
  • First and Fourth Amendments
  • FISMA
  • FTC enforcement
  • HIPAA
  • Homeland security acquisition regulations (HSAR)
  • Incident response
  • Information sharing
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • NISPOM
  • NIST Cybersecurity Framework
  • PCI DSS
  • Penetration testing
  • Privacy Act
  • Sensitive security information (SSI)
  • State privacy laws
  • 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. Kate serves as co-chair of the Science & Technology Section's Homeland Security Committee and also as vice-chair of the Public Contract Law Section’s Cybersecurity, Privacy, & Data Protection Committee, enabling her to stay abreast of the latest trends and developments in these fields. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US), an award-winning author, and a frequent public speaker. Kate also trains other attorneys, regulators, and clients alike on cyber and data security issues.

In addition to her information security practice, Kate is an active litigator. Her 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 before the Supreme Court of the United States. Her experience covers class actions, arbitration, mediation, bid protests, and amici submissions. 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.

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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Admitted to practice: District of Columbia and Virginia; U.S. Supreme Court



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Speeches & Presentations

  • "The Incoming Administration's Acquisition Policy Focus: Analysis & Commentary," 2016 Fall Training Conference, The Coalition for Government Procurement, Washington, D.C. (November 17, 2016). Presenters: Robert A. Burton, Stephen J. McBrady, and Kate M. Growley.
  • "Legal Careers in Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Information Law: An Evening of Networking and Discussions with the Experts on How They Arrived," American Bar Association Cross-Section Program (October 13, 2016). Moderators: David Z. Bodenheimer and Kate M. Growley. Speaker: Cheryl A. Falvey.
  • "Cybersecurity Table Top for a Congressional Cyber Security Lab Program," Wilson Center, Washington, D.C. (June 10, 2016). Moderator: Evan D. Wolff. Facilitators: Peter B. Miller, Harvey Rishikof, Maida Oringher Lerner, Elliot Golding, and Kate Growley.
  • "Regulating Information: Cybersecurity, Internet of Things, & Exploding Rules," OOPS 2016, Crowell & Moring's 32nd Annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar, Washington, D.C. (May 25-26, 2016). Moderator: David Z. Bodenheimer. Panelists: Evan D. Wolff and Kate M. Growley.
  • "What Higher Education Institutions Need to Know," Webinar (March 3, 2016).
  • "What Will the New Year Bring," Crowell & Moring Webinar, Washington, D.C. (January 14, 2016). Presenters: Crowell & Moring Government Contracts Group.
  • "Government Contracting on the Cybersecurity Frontier: Cyber Landmines, Compliance Risks, and Emerging Rules," American Bar Association Webinar (December 17, 2015). Presenters: David Z. Bodenheimer and Kate M. Growley.
  • "Understanding Drone Privacy Law Regarding Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)," ABA Webinar (December 1, 2015). Moderator: Kate M. Growley.
  • "Cybersecurity," Women in eDiscovery, Washington, D.C. (October 21, 2015). Presenter: Kate M. Growley.
  • "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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