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Catherine M. O'Rourke

Discovery Attorney
Phone: +1 202.624.2791
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Cathy O'Rourke is a discovery attorney in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office, practicing in the E-Discovery & Information Management Practice.

Cathy has significant litigation and e-discovery experience in a variety of matters in state and federal courts. She has represented clients in various complex tort and commercial litigation matters, including national product liability class actions and consumer protection claims. Cathy has first-chair trial experience and has secured successful jury verdicts on behalf of her corporate clients. 

Cathy has experience in electronic discovery, document collection, processing, review, and production. She has managed large-scale as well as targeted document reviews and productions and coordinated discovery in nationwide litigation for a Fortune 100 company and for clients in a broad range of industries, including telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, financial services, and consumer products.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Cathy was in private practice at another AmLaw 100 firm. She also served as in-house counsel at a Fortune 100 consumer products company.

Cathy’s pro bono practice includes successful representation of claimants before the Social Security Administration and victims of domestic violence in D.C. Superior Court.


  • Stonehill College, B.A. (1982) magna cum laude
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (1985)


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Massachusetts (inactive)

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"Court Finds Hyperlinked Documents Are Not Attachments for Production Purposes," Crowell & Moring’s Data Law Insights (July 21, 2021). Author: Catherine M. O'Rourke.
"Court Rules Personal Privacy Interests May Impact Scope of Discovery for Text Messages," Crowell & Moring's Data Law Insights (March 18, 2020). Authors: George D. Carry and Catherine M. O'Rourke.

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