Catherine A. Byrd

Catherine A. Byrd

Senior Associate
Washington, D.C.

Email catherine.byrd@​

Phone +1 202 637 5727

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Catherine Byrd litigates criminal and civil cases in federal courts throughout the U.S. She has significant trial and arbitration experience, and has helped clients successfully navigate white collar criminal defense, government enforcement actions, internal investigations, and complex civil litigation.

Clients count on Catherine for representation in investigations and litigation involving allegations of federal and state laws that govern health care – including the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act – as well as wire fraud and environmental offenses. She also works with clients to implement compliance programs and policies.

In addition, Catherine has handled contract disputes and false advertising, unfair competition, and consumer protection claims. In 2012, she assisted in a three-week false advertising trial in the District of Maryland that resulted in a favorable jury verdict. Also in 2012, she was part of a three-person arbitration team that secured a favorable award for her client in just one week.

Prior to joining the firm, Catherine clerked for the Honorable Robert G. Doumar on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, known nationwide as the "rocket docket."

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2009

B.A., Princeton University, 2005

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

Representative experience

Currently representing life sciences company in nationwide False Claims Act qui tam action.

Currently representing life sciences company in federal investigation involving allegations of off-label marketing and wire fraud, among other things.

Negotiated favorable settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency for global automaker.

Obtained favorable jury verdict for life sciences company in a Lanham Act false advertising claim against a competitor in federal court in Maryland.

Obtained favorable arbitration award for leading aerospace maker in dispute with leading defense contractor regarding sale of guidance technology.

Obtained a favorable verdict, injunctive relief, compensatory, and special damages on claims of copyright infringement and other IP claims.

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