Catherine Robb



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Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1998, with honors

B.A., University of Virginia, 1992

Law Clerk, Judge W. Royal Furgeson, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, 1998-1999

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

United States Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas


Catherine Robb is counsel in the Business Litigation Practice Group in the Austin office of Haynes and Boone, LLP. Catherine represents clients in the broadcast industry. Her practice is focused on commercial and business litigation, First Amendment litigation, pre-publication review and editing, copyright and trademark litigation, general commercial litigation, open government issues and privacy concerns. She advises clients concerning media law issues for an extensive array of content providers including online and traditional newspapers, magazines, radio and broadcasters, cable television stations, production companies and music entities.

Selected Client Representations

  • McClain v. USA Today Newspaper, 2010 WL 2404651 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2010).
  • Rosenfeld v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., 37 Med. L. Rptr. 1348 (C.D. Cal. 2009).
  • In re BP Products North America Inc., 263 S.W.3d 117 (Tex. App. - Hou. [1st Dist.] 2006, no pet.).


Media and Entertainment

Media, Entertainment and First Amendment

This edition of the Media, Entertainment and First Amendment Newsletter discusses the United States Senate's unanimous approval of The Consumer Review Freedom Act; the Fifth Circuit's finding that there was no First Amendment violation in the denial of discretionary state film funding to the film "Machete Kills"; and the Dallas Appeals Court's decision to allow a libel claim against a Dallas Morning News columnist to proceed.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Austin Film Society, board member, 2006-2013, Former Board President 
  • Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, board member 2006-2012, Former Board Vice-Chair 
  • Austin Music Foundation, board member, 2004-2010 
  • Humanities Texas, board member, 2007-2013, Treasurer 2011-2012, Secretary 2012-2013, Current Alumni Board Co-Chair 
  • LBJ Library Future Forum, founder, board member, and former chairman, 2002-2013 
  • Austin's PBS Channel, KLRU, Chair and board member, Austin City Limits Committee member 
  • Mayor's Health and Fitness Council, board member 
  • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, board member, 2004-2011 
  • American Heart Association (Capital Area Division), board member, 2003-2009 
  • University of Texas School of Undergraduate Studies, advisory council, 2012-present 
  • LBJ School of Public Affairs, advisory council, 2011-present 
  • Texas Exes Council Member, 2012-present 
  • Leadership Austin, member and 2003 Graduate 
  • The Seton Forum, former volunteer 
  • Reading is Fundamental of Austin, volunteer  
  • Volunteer Legal Services, volunteer 
  • Trinity Center, volunteer 
  • Back on My Feet, volunteer
  • American Bar Association  
  • Texas Bar Association  
  • Austin Bar Association  
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow  
  • Lloyd Lochridge Inn of Court, member and Program Chair

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Texas Anti-SLAPP Law,” co-presenter, CLE Presentation to the Travis County Judiciary, October 8, 2015.
  • “Lawsuits Over Political Ads Raise Questions Over Defamation,” interviewee, KVUE News, May 2012.
  • “Beyond Thunderdome: The Internet and Social media get Political,” KVUE News, May 2012.
  • “Strategies for Efficiently and Economically Winning a Media Case,” co-author, ABA/TIPS Media Newsletter, Spring 2011.
  • Reporter's Privilege Compendium, co-author, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, 2010.
  • “Local Non-Profit Threatened with Lawsuit Over Documentary Showing,” Interviewee, KVUE News, April 2010.

Professional Recognition

  • Texas Lyceum, named to the Board, 2015
  • American Bar Association, Women in Communications Law Committee, member 
  • State Bar of Texas, appointed member of the Judicial Relations Committee, 2001-2004 and 2008-2009 
  • The First Amendment Institute's First Amendment Leadership Program graduate, 2002 
  • The University of Texas' Commission of 125 and Service to Society Committee, member, 2002-2004 
  • American Inns of Court - Lloyd Lochridge Inn, Program Chair 
  • Media Law Resource Center, Entertainment Law Committee 
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

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