Katherine E. Armstrong


Katherine E. Armstrong assists clients with a wide array of data privacy and big data issues. She advises clients on potential privacy and security risks raised by U.S. federal and state privacy laws and on advertising and marketing practices regulated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Katherine brings to her practice over 30 years of consumer protection law enforcement and policy experience from the FTC. While at the FTC, Katherine was engaged in policy work associated with 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?” In addition, Katherine led numerous Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) law enforcement investigations that resulted in consent decrees and she also led a number of FCRA rulemakings. 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.

As a member of the consortia management team, Katherine works on the formation, management, and representation of consortia in the life sciences industry that address matters of privacy, policy, law, and business operations. Katherine assists in the creation of appropriate collaboration mechanisms and provides legal support for the day-to-day activities of these organizations.

Katherine has spoken frequently before industry conferences and other groups on privacy, big data and FTC matters.


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 (2015–2016); Vice-Chair (2011–2014)
  • Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, Annual Council, Parish Delegate
  • The Madeira School, McLean, VA, Board Member (2008–2016)