Katie Wright Morrone

Associate
Wright Katie

Katie Wright Morrone is a civil litigator who represents clients in complex matters, including government investigations, breach of contract claims, tort causes of action, partnership and other business entity disputes, consumer financial protection investigation and litigation, antitrust, and general litigation issues. Katie also has experience briefing and preparing for arguments in numerous federal courts of appeals.

Katie is experienced in all stages of litigation, from case initiation through post-trial briefing. She also has extensive experience in federal and state regulatory investigations, including by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and New York, Massachusetts, and Utah state attorneys general. Katie has been engaged in extremely high-profile and confidential matters and is particularly sensitive to, and adept at managing, the competing interests clients must balance during litigation.

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Member of trial defense team for a pharmaceutical manufacturer in multi-district litigation (MDL) antitrust class action claims arising from alleged “reverse payment” settlement of patent litigation in the District of Massachusetts (In re Solodyn Antitrust Litigation)
  • Member of defense team for a pharmaceutical manufacturer against class action and individual claims arising from alleged “reverse payment” settlement of patent litigation in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (In re Modafinil Antitrust Litigation)
  • Member of defense team for a pharmaceutical company in antitrust litigation brought by direct purchases, end payors, and retailers involving allegations arising from settlement of patent litigation in the Northern District of Illinois (In re Opana Antitrust Litigation)
  • 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)
  • Defended a multinational hospitality company in a dispute involving complicated international jurisdictional issues related to plaintiffs' claims to land in Eastern Europe; won motion to dismiss in the Northern District of Illinois and decision was affirmed on appeal in the Seventh Circuit
  • Represented an adult education company specializing in trading and financial education in a deceptive advertising investigation by the Federal Trade Commission
  • Represented company in student loan investigations before the CFPB and state attorneys general
  • Secured anonymous treatment on behalf of 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)

Insights

Credentials
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Education

  • 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. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Recognition
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  • Included in Super Lawyers, DC, Rising Stars, 2020

Community
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Personal Activities

  • Captain of her Division I college soccer team
  • Avid SoulCycle and Peloton rider