Kate M. Growley, Associate Washington, D.C.
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 assessments, 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 Rule (252.204-7012)
  • Economic Espionage Act
  • FAR Basic Safeguarding Rule (52.204-21)
  • FIPPs
  • First and Fourth Amendments
  • FTC enforcement
  • Homeland security acquisition regulations (HSAR)
  • Incident response
  • Information sharing
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • NIST Cybersecurity Framework
  • Penetration testing
  • Privacy Act
  • Sensitive security information (SSI)
  • State Attorneys General enforcement
  • State privacy laws
  • Trade secrets
  • UAS/UAV (drone) regulations
  • Unclassified controlled technical information (UCTI)

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 vice-chair for the Science & Technology Section's Homeland Security Committee and also 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.


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

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Jan.09.2015 Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group Named to Law360's "Practice Groups of the Year" for Fifth Consecutive Year
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