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Kate M. Growley

Phone: +1 202.624.2698
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

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
    Assurance (CS/IA)
  • 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

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"DOT and NHTSA Release New “2.0” Guidance for Automated Vehicles ," (September 14, 2017). Contacts: Paul M. Rosen, Matthew Cohen, Kate M. Growley
Client Alert/Newsletter
"DoD Meets Contractors Half-Way at Industry Information Day," Government Contracts Bullet Points (June 28, 2017). Contacts: Evan D. Wolff, Paul M. Rosen, Maida Oringher Lerner, Kate M. Growley
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Hurry-Up Offense: Keeping Pace with Information Security and Privacy," OOPS 2017, Crowell & Moring's 33rd Annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar, Washington, D.C. (May 4, 2017). Presenters: Peter B. Miller, Paul M. Rosen, Evan D. Wolff, and Kate M. Growley.
"Court Allows Data Breach Claims Against Kimpton," Crowell & Moring's Data Law Insights (April 20, 2017). Authors: Maida Oringher Lerner, Kate M. Growley and Charles D. Austin.
"New OCR Settlement Targets Safety Net Provider on Security Rule Deficiencies," Crowell & Moring's Data Law Insights (April 14, 2017). Authors: Daniel E. Vinish, Maida Oringher Lerner, Stephanie D. Willis and Kate M. Growley.
"The Trump Administration's Acquisition Policy Agenda," The Coalition for Government Procurement Webinar (March 15, 2017). Presenters: Robert A. Burton, Stephen J. McBrady, and Kate M. Growley.
"Home Depot Settles Major Data Breach Suit with Financial Institutions for $25 Million," Privacy Law Alert (March 13, 2017). Contacts: Justin Kingsolver, Maida Oringher Lerner, Kate M. Growley
Client Alert/Newsletter
"This Month in International Trade — February 2017," International Trade Bulletin (March 9, 2017). Contacts: John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Melissa Morris, Tracy T. Huang, Benjamin Blase Caryl, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Carlton Greene, Cari N. Stinebower, David (Dj) Wolff, Ian A. Laird, Flip Petillion, Charles De Jager, Lorraine M. Campos, Sarah Bartle, Evan D. Wolff, Maida Oringher Lerner, Kate M. Growley, James (J.J.) Saulino, Eduardo Mathison
Client Alert/Newsletter
"CFAA Conviction for Accessing and Damaging Former Employer’s Computer System," Crowell & Moring's Data Law Insights (March 1, 2017). Authors: Jeffrey L. Poston, Kate M. Growley and Charles Austin.
"NYDFS Implements First-In-The-Nation Cybersecurity Rule for Covered Financial Services Companies," (February 28, 2017). Contacts: Evan D. Wolff, Carlton Greene, Maida Oringher Lerner, Kate M. Growley, James (J.J.) Saulino
Client Alert/Newsletter

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