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Kate M. Watkins

Associate

kwatkins@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2744
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Kate M. Watkins is an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office and is a member of the firm’s Antitrust and Advertising & Media groups. Her experience spans multiple industries, including aerospace, technology, health care, and consumer products.

Kate’s recent experience includes:

  • Representing United Technologies Corporation in its $30 billion acquisition of Rockwell Collins.
  • Representing Gwinnett Health System in its merger with Northside Hospital.
  • Representing AT&T in its proposed merger with Time Warner.
  • Providing a major online retailer with counseling and advocacy assistance associated with an FTC rulemaking.
  • Counseling clients on compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and on potential antitrust liability associated with horizontal and vertical conduct.
  • Counseling retail clients on necessary advertising disclosures and registrations for compliance with various state laws.
  • Providing antitrust compliance training to a major food and beverage trade association.
  • Representing Humana Inc. in its proposed merger with Aetna Inc.

Kate maintains an active and varied pro bono practice, including representing Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitioners, drafting comments on behalf of women’s rights organizations opposing regulatory restrictions of contraceptive coverage, and handling child custody matters.

Kate is also an active member of the ABA Antitrust Section, where she is a co-editor of the Media & Technology Committee’s newsletter and a contributor to the Intellectual Property Committee’s newsletter.

Kate earned her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in 2016, where she served as executive articles editor for the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal. During law school, Kate interned at the Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection. She was also recognized as a 2016 Outstanding Law Student by the National Association of Women Lawyers for her work in furthering the advancement of women in society and promoting the concerns of women in the legal profession. She received her B.A. with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012.

Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. (2012) with highest distinction, Phi Beta Kappa
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (2016)

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Texas

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Antitrust Section
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • National Association of Women Lawyers

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"DOJ Puts Antitrust Compliance Programs in the Spotlight," Antitrust Law Alert (July 16, 2019). Contacts: Daniel L. Zelenko, Megan L. Wolf, Olivier N. Antoine, Thomas De Meese, Kate M. Watkins
Client Alert/Newsletter
"District Court Decision in FTC v. Qualcomm Spawns Controversy: Four Issues to Watch on Appeal," Antitrust Law Alert (June 3, 2019). Contacts: Lisa Kimmel, Ph.D., John S. Gibson, Mark A. Klapow, Wm. Randolph Smith, Jeane A. Thomas, CIPP/E, Akhil Sheth, Kate M. Watkins
Client Alert/Newsletter
"EDRM’s TAR Guidelines: Validity Measures and Considerations for Practitioners," Crowell & Moring's Data Law Insights (March 13, 2019). Authors: Genevieve Moreland and Kate M. Watkins.
Publication
"FTC Announces New HSR and Section 8 Thresholds," Antitrust Law Alert (February 19, 2019). Contacts: Shawn R. Johnson, Britton D. Davis, Kate M. Watkins, Connor Ahearn
Client Alert/Newsletter
"The Antitrust Division Takes the New Madison Approach to Court in u-blox v. InterDigital," Antitrust Law Alert (February 14, 2019). Contacts: Lisa Kimmel, Ph.D., Juan A. Arteaga, John S. Gibson, Mark A. Klapow, Kate M. Watkins
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Intellectual Property & Antitrust, 13th Edition," Getting The Deal Through (2019). Authors: Lisa Kimmel, and Kate M. Watkins.
Publication
"FTC Targets Cryptocurrency Pyramid Schemes," Crowell & Moring's Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (April 2, 2018). Authors: Kate M. Watkins and Lauren Aronson.
Publication
"FTC Announces New HSR and Section 8 Thresholds," Antitrust Law Alert (January 26, 2018). Contacts: Shawn R. Johnson, Britton D. Davis, Kate M. Watkins
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Recent Happenings in Advertising & Product Risk Management – December 2017," Advertising & Product Risk Management Alert (December 20, 2017). Contacts: Rebecca Baden Chaney, Chalana Netasha Damron, Robbie Rogart, Kate M. Watkins, Rukiya Mohamed, Christopher A. Cole, Cheryl A. Falvey, John Fuson, David Ervin, Lauren Aronson, Carolyn W. Wagner, Matthew Cohen
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Antitrust, Standard Development, and Essential Patent Licensing: The Antitrust Division Returns to Sound Enforcement Principles," Antitrust Law Alert (November 22, 2017). Contacts: Lisa Kimmel, Ph.D., Juan A. Arteaga, John S. Gibson, Mark A. Klapow, Kate M. Watkins
Client Alert/Newsletter

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