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Roy Abernathy


Roy Abernathy is an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office. He is a member of the firm’s Antitrust & Competition and Advertising & Media groups. His practice primarily involves complex litigation in federal and arbitral forums and defending against regulatory challenges.

Roy’s work includes matters involving the defense of advertising issues in consumer class actions and FTC civil investigative demands as well as pricing arbitration. He represents a variety of corporate clients through litigation, regulatory enforcements via the National Advertising Division and Federal Trade Commission, and product counseling in a variety of industries. His work involves client counseling and representation related to Lanham Act false advertising, consumer class false advertising, unfair competition, fraud, contract breach, and antitrust recovery disputes.

Roy received his J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he was president of the Student Bar Association, vice-chair of the Moot Court Executive Board, and a senior articles editor for the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice. Prior to joining the firm as a summer associate, he was a law clerk for the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. Now at Crowell, he serves as an associate trustee for the Washington Lawyers’ Committee. Roy received a B.S. in applied economics and a B.A. in political science, magna cum laude, from Virginia Tech in 2015.


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.A. (2015) magna cum laude
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D. (2020) magna cum laude


Admitted to practice: North Carolina and District of Columbia.

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"Despite the Pandemic, Food-Related False Advertising Lawsuits Continue to be Frequent Filers," Crowell & Moring’s Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (September 17, 2021). Authors: Christopher A. Cole, Raija Horstman and Roy Abernathy.
"Meat Product Companies Face Increasing Litigation for Humane Raising Claims," Administrative Law Alert (March 12, 2021). Contacts: Christopher A. Cole, Roy Abernathy, Helen Osun, Mariam Sarwar, Roy Abernathy
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Maryland's Digital Advertising Tax: A Contentious Start, and an Uncertain Future," Administrative Law Alert (February 19, 2021). Contacts: S. Starling Marshall, Preetha Chakrabarti, Christopher A. Cole, Roy Abernathy, Roy Abernathy
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Seeking Remedies for LGBTQ Children from Destructive Parental Authority in the Era of Religious Freedom,," Washington & Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice , Volume 26, Issue 2 (May 29, 2020). Author: Roy Abernathy

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