Catherine Robb



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Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Texas 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



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. 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.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Litigation - First Amendment, 2020-2021.

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.).


Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2020

Best Lawyers in America 2020 has featured more than 100 Haynes and Boone lawyers in its annual referral guide of outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc. in August 2019

Year in Review

Media and Entertainment Law - Year in review

Media and Entertainment Law

Welcome to the 2019 edition of the Haynes and Boone Media and Entertainment Law Year in Review. The Media and Entertainment Practice Group of Haynes and Boone represents a broad range of clients in all facets of media and entertainment, intellectual property, open government and First Amendment litigation, counseling and legislative matters. We are proud to provide a summary of our accomplishments and activities in 2019, and to highlight some of the trends impacting the media and entertainment industry.

Professional and Community Activities

  • PBS Board of Directors, elected to Board of Directors, 2020
  • Texas Lyceum, named to the Board, 2015 
  • Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), board member
  • 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 station, KLRU, board member and former board chair, Austin City Limits Committee member 
  • Mayor's Health and Fitness Council, board member 
  • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, board member, 2004-2011, 2015-present 
  • American Heart Association (Capital Area Division), board member, 2003-2009 
  • State Bar of Texas, appointed member of the Judicial Relations Committee, 2001-2004 and 2008-2009
  • University of Texas School of Undergraduate Studies, advisory council, 2012-present 
  • LBJ School of Public Affairs, advisory council, 2011-present 
  • Texas Exes Council Member, 2012-2018 
  • The University of Texas' Commission of 125 and Service to Society Committee, member, 2002-2004
  • Leadership Austin, member and 2003 Graduate 
  • The First Amendment Institute's First Amendment Leadership Program graduate, 2002
  • The Seton Forum, former member
  • Reading is Fundamental of Austin, volunteer  
  • Volunteer Legal Services, volunteer 
  • Trinity Center, volunteer 
  • Back on My Feet, volunteer
  • American Inns of Court - Lloyd Lochridge Inn of Court, President
  • Media Law Resource Center, member, Entertainment Law Committee, member
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Communications Law, member, chair of Women in Communications Law Committee   
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Association  
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow  
Catherine Robb

Catherine Robb in Statesman: Granddaughter Honors Lady Bird With Updated Tuesday Tradition

The Austin American-Statesman featured Haynes and Boone Counsel Catherine Robb in a story about her volunteer work that she says was inspired by her late grandmother, Lady Bird Johnson.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Texas Anti-SLAPP Law,” co-presenter, CLE Presentation, 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.

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