Katy Spicer has over two decades of leadership experience, including leading US Marines across three combat tours and later as a Marine commander. Over the years, Katy has built an affinity for doing hard things alongside remarkable teammates. She leverages her leadership and team building talents to solve clients’ complex legal matters with a particular focus on consumer protection litigation, enforcement, and cybersecurity incident response investigations.

In 2016, Katy first joined the firm as a litigation associate after nearly 14 years on active duty as a Marine officer. Her practice focused on complex civil litigation, government enforcement actions, and cybersecurity incident response investigations. This experience included a seven-week jury trial in the Southern District of Ohio.

In 2020, Katy joined a global, multibillion-dollar e-commerce company where she served as its global data protection officer and associate general counsel. She oversaw the company’s litigation and expanded her practice to include commercial transactions, advertising and marketing compliance and regulatory enforcement advice. She also received her Direct Selling Compliance Professional certification and became an International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Certified Information Privacy Manager.

In 2023, Katy returned to the firm as a partner to further build her consumer protection litigation, enforcement, and cybersecurity incident response practice to serve global companies doing hard things every day.

During her military service, Katy gained valuable experience as a supply officer, logistics officer, commander and leader, and lawyer. She deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. Katy’s final active-duty military assignment was as the senior Marine prosecutor for the National Capital Region. In this billet, she served as first chair in several felony trials. Katy is a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Reserves, and she recently completed a command tour where she led over 500 Marines and sailors located across three states.

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  • Successfully defended and prosecuted non-solicitation, breach of contract, and trade secret claims in state and federal courts.
  • Managed data breach incident response investigations.
  • Represented a US chemical company in multidistrict litigation involving claims for personal injury related to alleged groundwater contamination, which culminated in a seven-week jury trial.
  • Acted as lead trial counsel for an NBA athlete in the defense of a breach of contract action. Secured a dismissal on all claims.
  • Acted as lead counsel for a US company that was a victim of fraud.
  • Defended a global construction company in a multibillion-dollar contract dispute.
  • Designed a global privacy program that touched over 20 countries.
  • Advised on advertising and marketing best practices and, when necessary, responded to self-regulatory body inquiries.
  • Developed a policy for the online rating and reviews process for an e-commerce company.
  • Advised a direct selling company on the Federal Trade Commission’s Guides Concerning Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  • Ensured a company’s compliance with the Federal Trade Commission’s earnings claims rules.
  • Defended multifaceted companies that have been served with a third-party and/or government subpoena(s).
  • Represented the New Doha International Airport on a variety of contract matters. This multibillion-dollar project was one of Qatar's largest transportation infrastructure projects in history.
  • Defended healthcare fraud investigations and prosecution in federal court.
  • Pro bono representation of service members requesting discharge upgrades.
  • Pro bono representation of a service member who was wrongfully convicted.

Education

  • The Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, LL.M., 2014
  • Michigan State University, J.D., cum laude, 2010
  • Florida State University, B.S., 2001

Admissions

  • Idaho, 2022
  • District of Columbia, 2010
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  • Panelist, “Help Me Help You Help Me: Perspectives from In-house Counsel on How Outside Counsel Can Help Their Clients Navigate a Changing World,” ABA WIPL CLE Meeting, October 20, 2022.
  • Speaker, “Becoming a World Class Leader,” Fidelis Leadership Accelerator Seminar, Tampa Bay, Florida, August 20, 2018.

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