Katie Wright Morrone

Wright Katie

Katie Wright Morrone is a civil litigator with vast experience representing clients in complex and high-profile matters in all stages of litigation and dispute resolution. Katie is regularly engaged in prominent, highly publicized matters, while also handling extremely confidential matters that are routinely resolved without ever getting to litigation. She is particularly sensitive to, and adept at managing, the competing interests clients must balance during or in anticipation of litigation.

Katie has represented clients in cases across the country involving a wide range of issues, including breach of contract claims, tort causes of action, novel statutory claims, defamation, "soft intellectual property" (trademark and copyright) disputes, false advertising, and antitrust actions.

Katie also has experience in federal and state pre-litigation regulatory investigations, including work before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and New York, Massachusetts, and Utah state attorneys general.


Representative Matters

  • Representing and counseling Taylor Swift and other clients on defamation and "soft intellectual property" (trademark and copyright) issues
  • Managing all pre-trial work and the case team in litigation brought against a client pursuant to the novel Helms-Burton Act
  • Representing a commercial mortgage-backed securities special servicer and related entities in multiple litigations stemming from the disposition of a major private residential development
  • Represented and successfully defended a pharmaceutical company against antitrust and Lanham Act claims, achieving dismissal at motion to dismiss stage
  • Represented a highly regarded construction company in a breach of contract action stemming from engineer abdications of work during a design-build highway extension project
  • Represented Taylor Swift, and was a member of the trial team, in a landmark, high-profile sexual harassment lawsuit adverse to an on-air radio personality, resulting in a jury verdict for Ms. Swift on all claims and defenses (Mueller v. Swift)
  • Member of several defense teams for pharmaceutical manufacturers against antitrust class action claims arising from alleged "reverse payment" settlement of patent litigation (In re Solodyn Antitrust Litigation; In re Modafinil Antitrust Litigation; In re Opana Antitrust Litigation)
  • Defended a multinational hospitality company in a dispute involving complicated international jurisdictional issues related to plaintiffs' claims to land in Eastern Europe; won a motion to dismiss in the Northern District of Illinois, and the decision was affirmed on appeal in the Seventh Circuit
  • Represented a former president/CEO of an insurance technology company in a deceptive marketing and sales investigation by the FTC
  • Represented an adult education company specializing in trading and financial education in a deceptive advertising investigation and litigation by the FTC
  • Represented a company in student loan investigations before the CFPB and state attorneys general
  • Secured anonymous treatment on behalf of a client suing the CFPB in federal court, which was the first time that a court had granted John Doe status to a party challenging any aspect of a CFPB civil investigative demand (CID)




  • J.D. magna cum laude American University, Washington College of Law 2014
    • Order of the Coif
    • Executive editor, American University Law Review
  • B.A. Northwestern University 2007
    • Captain, Women's Soccer Team

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit


  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Washington, DC, 2020 – 2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, 2023 – 2024
  • Legal 500, Media, Technology and Telecoms - Advertising and Marketing - Transactional and Regulatory, 2023


Personal Activities

  • Captain of her Division I college soccer team
  • Avid Peloton rider
  • Member, Her Legal Circle