Interactive Counsel

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Interactive Counsel

Katie R. Heilman

Katie R. Heilman
Washington, DC

Katie is an associate in Arent Fox’s Complex Litigation Group, where her practice focuses on intellectual property matters, health care reimbursement disputes, and environmental litigation. She has been involved in litigation matters in state and federal court, as well as arbitrations, and is experienced in all phases of litigation, including discovery, depositions, motion practice, trial preparation, and appeals. Katie has counseled clients on regulatory compliance and litigation strategy in a wide range of industries, including fashion and luxury goods, real estate, health care, agriculture and biotechnology, media and entertainment, and hospitality.

Katie is also a member of the Government Relations Group. In her Government Relations practice, she counsels clients, including corporate clients, nonprofits, small businesses, and start-ups, on a wide variety of public policy matters arising at the federal, state, and local level.

Katie is active in pro bono matters. She has represented caregivers in several guardianship proceedings in DC Superior Court and regularly participates in intake for the Legal Aid Society of Washington, DC.

Previous Work

After graduating from law school, Katie clerked for the Honorable Beth P. Gesner, United States Magistrate Judge, in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Before joining the legal profession, Katie spent six years working on Capitol Hill for former United States Representative Thomas M. Reynolds. Katie worked for Congressman Reynolds at the National Republican Congressional Committee during his four-year tenure as chairman. Prior to joining the NRCC, Katie was a legislative assistant/legislative correspondent in Congressman Reynolds’ House office, where she worked on social security, financial services, international relations, housing, and tax issues.

Publications, Presentations and Recognitions

During law school, Katie was a staff member of the American University Law Review and wrote the comment, “Contemplating ‘Cruel and Unusual’: A Critical Analysis of Baze v. Rees in the Context of the Supreme Court’s Eighth Amendment ‘Proportionality’ Jurisprudence,” 58 Am. U. L. Rev. 633 (2009).



Blog Posts by Katie R. Heilman

Payment Processing, Electronic Fund Transfers & Mobile Payments, Privacy & Security, Song-Beverly Act
California Court Clarifies Scope of Song-Beverly

California’s Song-Beverly Credit Card Act does not prohibit retailers from collecting email addresses after a credit card transaction has been concluded, according to a recent ruling by a California appellate court. The decision provides some welcome clarity for retailers who engage in point of sale data collection.
What is the Song-Beverly Act?

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Supreme Court to Decide Whether Victim of Privacy Breach Can Recover Damages Without Showing Harm

There is a split among circuit courts over whether a company faced with a privacy breach is subject to liability where a consumer suffers no discernible harm. The Supreme Court will hear a case this fall, Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, that will settle this important issue. The Court’s decision in Spokeo, expected in 2016, will likely have far-reaching implications for consumer privacy and data breach lawsuits filed under a number of federal statutes.
Plaintiff Thomas Robins filed a putative class action against Spokeo in federal court in California under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), claiming that Spokeo willfully violated the FCRA by disseminating inaccurate information about him on its website. The district court dismissed Robins’s complaint for lack of standing, reasoning that Robins failed to allege any actual harm that was traceable to Spokeo’s alleged statutory violations. 

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