Katherine E. Armstrong

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Phone: (202) 230-5674


Katherine E. Armstrong has more than 30 years of consumer protection experience from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). While at the FTC, Katherine was deeply involved in the analysis of data broker and big data issues and was part of the team responsible for the May 2014 Commission Report, “Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability” and the workshop, “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” Katherine also led numerous Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) initiatives, including law enforcement investigations, consent negotiations, rulemakings, and other interpretive policy work. During her tenure at the FTC she served as an attorney to former Chairman Janet Steiger and Commissioner Sheila Anthony where she provided advice on the full range of consumer protection issues including those involving unfair or deceptive acts or practices.

Due to her knowledge and experience, Katherine’s clients call on her to assist in a wide array of data privacy issues, analysis of big data information practices, and other consumer protection issues.

Katherine has spoken frequently before industry conferences, foreign delegations, and other groups on FCRA, privacy, and big data matters. In addition, Katherine has experience counseling on matters of consumer protection policy and enforcement and privacy.


Official Commendation for Distinguished Service, Awarded by the Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission (2014)

Awards Methodology (www.drinkerbiddle.com/content/awards)


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia


  • Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D.
  • Pitzer College, B.A.


  • American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Privacy and Information Security Committee, Vice Chair (2016–2017)
  • American Bar Association, Consumer Financial Services Committee, Federal and State Trade Practices Subcommittee, Chair (2015–Present); Vice-Chair (2011–2014)
  • Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, Annual Council, Parish Delegate
  • The Madeira School, McLean, VA, Board Member (2008–2016)