Kate M. Growley is a counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring, where she is a member of the firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity, Government Contracts, and Litigation groups.
Kate's practice focuses on the intersection of national security and private industry, with an emphasis on cybersecurity. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) and has been named a “Rising Star” by the American Bar Association Science & Technology Section. Kate performs compliance reviews, conducts risk assessments, handles security incidents, and counsels clients regarding a variety of information management issues, including:
- Cloud computing
- Computer Fraud & Abuse Act (CFAA)
- Controlled unclassified information (CUI)
- Covered defense information (CDI)
- Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Cyber Security Information
- DFARS Safeguarding Clause (252.204-7012)
- Economic Espionage Act
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- FAR Basic Safeguarding Clause (52.204-21)
- Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)
- Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforcement
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
- Homeland Security Acquisition Regulations (HSAR)
- Incident response and state data breach laws
- Information sharing
- Internet of Things (IoT)
- National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM)
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework
- Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
- Penetration testing
- Privacy Act
- Sensitive security information (SSI)
- UAS/UAV (drone) regulations
Her counseling in these and other areas helps clients from the automotive, aviation, defense, education, health care, 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 an award-winning author, frequent public speaker, and regularly 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, the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), health care disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition. Kate litigates these and other matters at the trial and appellate level, including before the Supreme Court of the United States. Kate's representative work includes:
- Defending Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies in national and statewide class actions asserting antitrust claims;
- Prosecuting multiple trade secrets claims on behalf of various Fortune 500 companies;
- Defending health care system against class actions stemming from security incident;
- Defending former federal official regarding Bivens liability stemming from post-9/11 PENTTBOM investigation;
- Defending Medicare Advantage organization from state common law claims brought by multiple health providers;
- 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.
- Florida State University, B.A. (2008) summa cum laude with honors
- University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. National Security Law (2011)
Admitted to practice: District of Columbia and Virginia; U.S. Supreme Court