Catherine M. Essig

Catherine M. Essig

Washington, D.C.

Email catherine.essig@​

Phone +1 202 637 5854

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Catherine Essig focuses her practice on helping clients navigate a myriad of complex and nuanced legal difficulties that arise from the development of new and applied technologies.

Catherine works with clients in a broad range of industry sectors including technology, education, life sciences, and health care on the privacy and security issues they confront from the collection, use, and maintenance of data. She regularly counsels clients on identifying risks and developing compliance strategies for federal, state, and international laws including the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), state student privacy laws, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Catherine has worked with clients on issues including the use of facial recognition technology, negotiating school contracts, responding to law enforcement and third-party requests for information, navigating regulatory investigations, and incident response.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Catherine served as a law clerk for Judge David C. Godbey of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. She also interned at Facebook, where she helped to monitor and analyze legislation and regulation at the state level.

While in law school, Catherine worked as a student practitioner in the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Cyberlaw Clinic and served as a senior editor of the Harvard Business Law Review. Catherine graduated with departmental distinction in English, magna cum laude, from Southern Methodist University.

Education and admissions


J.D., Harvard Law School, 2016

B.A., Southern Methodist University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2012

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

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