Catherine E. Creely’s practice focuses on a variety of investigation and litigation matters, including white collar criminal defense, government investigations and complex civil litigation.

Practice & Background

Ms. Creely assists clients with internal investigations and compliance reviews. She also represents corporate and individual clients in state and federal court, as well as in connection with investigations by the U.S. Congress and the Department of Justice. She has represented clients in a variety of high-stakes criminal and civil litigation matters involving securities fraud, data privacy and security, and civil and criminal forfeitures. Ms. Creely also has particular experience representing clients in cases brought under the False Claims Act (FCA).

Ms. Creely maintains an active pro bono practice, with a particular focus on individuals facing the death penalty. Her work in this area includes representation of defendants during both the guilt and penalty phases of their capital trials.

Ms. Creely also advises on and writes about Title IX litigation issues facing colleges and universities.

While in law school, Ms. Creely was as an associate editor of The Catholic University Law Review and competed in moot court competitions at the national level.

Representative Matters

  • representing one of the nation’s largest operators of skilled nursing facilities in a multi-week jury trial that resulted in judgment of no liability under the FCA
  • representing a hedge fund manager in a high-profile insider trading criminal trial involving the first use of wiretaps in an insider trading case
  • representing a large regional marketer of petroleum products in a suit alleging violations of federal and state franchise laws
  • representing a major generic pharmaceutical company in large, multi-district class action litigation involving alleged “reverse payments”
  • representing a federal employee appearing before the House Financial Services Committee
  • representing an online, consumer-facing services provider in a federal investigation related to consumer privacy and data security concerns
  • representing a major banking/mortgage institution in internal and congressional investigations related to lending practices.

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Litigation Forum: When You Face Your First CID – Key Steps to Take When the FTC Investigates Your Company’s Privacy Practices,” sponsored by the Association of Corporate Counsel – National Capital Region, March 10, 2015.