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Catherine Robb

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.

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  • 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.).
  • PBS Board of Directors, elected to Board of Directors, 2020, Board General Vice Chair, 2022
  • Texas Lyceum, named to the Board, 2015 
  • Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), board member
  • University of Virginia Alumni, Board of Managers, 2021-present
  • 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 and Chair Emeritus, 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, former board member 
  • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, board member, 2004-2011, 2015-2021
  • 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, 2012-2018
  • 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, member (2010-present), former President, Executive Committee, 2011-present
  • Media Law Resource Center, member, Entertainment Law Committee, member
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Communications Law, Governing Committee member, former chair of Women in Communications Law Committee   
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Association  
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow  
  • Recognized as a "Lawyer of the Year" in Litigation and First Amendment Law by The Best Lawyers America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2024
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Litigation - First Amendment, 2020-2024
  • Member, Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation
  • "Texas Court of Appeals Upholds Anti-SLAPP Dismissal of Claims Brought by Suspect in Child Pornography Case," author, Media Law Resource Center, August 2022.
  • "Hot Issues in Libel & Privacy," facilitator, ABA 26th Annual Forum on Communications Law Conference, January 27-February 2, 2021.
  • "Texas Court Grants Summary Judgment to Real Crime Show Producer in Negligent Publication Case Plaintiff Alleged Show Almost Got Him Killed," co-author, Media Law Resource Center, April 2018.
  • "Appellate Court Affirms Final Judgment Dismissing Case Against Media Defendant Under Texas's Anti-SLAPP Statute," co-author, Media Law Resource Center, April 2016.
  • "Texas Anti-SLAPP Law," co-presenter, CLE Presentation, Travis County Judiciary, October 8, 2015.
  • "Texas Broadcaster Wins Anti-SLAPP Motion," author, Media Law Resource Center, June 2014.
  • "New Laws in Texas Impacting the Media," co-author, Media Law Resource Center, July 2013.
  • "Summary Judgment for Texas Broadcaster Affirmed," author, Media Law Resource Center, December 2012.
  • "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.
  • "Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against A&E Dismissed on Jurisdictional Grounds," author, Media Law Resource Center, April 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.


J.D., The 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



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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

United States Supreme Court

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Status Lounge Incorporated v. KHOU-TV, Inc., Gannett Co., Inc., William Langlois, Hearst Newspapers, LLC d/b/a Houston Chronicle and Dale Lezon; Cause No. 2016-51529 in the 164th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas

Plaintiff, a nightclub/bar, sued our client, a television station, for its brief online article -based on a police news conference - that reported on a dispute that occurred in front of the bar and the subsequent shooting of a band member in the arm. After an initial, successful appeal of the denial [...]

Broder, et al. v. Nexstar Broadcast Group, Inc., et al.; Cause No. D-1-GN-19-000768 in the 261st Judicial District Court, Travis County, Texas

Plaintiffs, a doctor and his medical practice, filed a retaliatory lawsuit against Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc., alleging defamation after Nexstar’s television station, KXAN, published online and broadcast reports about inherent problems with the Texas Medical Board’s complaint and investigation [...]

Jones v. Kirkstall Rd. Enterprises, Inc., 2020 WL 2059910 (Tex. App.'Dallas Apr. 29, 2020, no pet.)

Successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of a television production company in a negligence lawsuit alleging that the broadcast of an episode of The First 48, a critically acclaimed documentary television series, incited retaliatory violence against the Plaintiff.

Melanson v. Grace, et al., Cause No. D-1-GN-17-003349 (261st Dist. Ct., Travis County, Tex., Mar. 27, 2018)

Haynes and Boone represented CBS Television Distribution, Graham Media and Associated Newspapers, all national media outlets, in a defamation suit brought by an Austin-area dentist after Defendants reported on the tragic death of a 14-month dental patient who died as a result of complications from a [...]

Cockerell v. CBS News, Inc., Case No. 3:17-cv-01840-9 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division

Plaintiff, a doctor, sued our clients, CBS Broadcasting, Inc., for a CBS Evening News broadcast reporting on questions and concerns that had been raised about insurance scams targeting military families, including the fact that plaintiff had been paid nearly $5 million from TRICARE (the military ins [...]

Entravision v. Salinas, 487 S.W.3d 276 (Tex. App.'Corpus Christi 2015, pet. denied)

Plainitffs, father and son, sued media defendants for defamation for an allegedly defamatory Facebook post discussing rumors of the father’s detention at the border. On behalf of the media defendants, we filed an Anti-SLAPP Motion in the trial court requesting dismissal of the claims brought by the [...]

Blue Ribbon Pet Grooming and Rey Montanaro, Jr. v. Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., et. al.; In the District Court of Cameron County, 197th Judicial District; 2015

Obtained a dismissal of defamation suit brought over televisions station’s broadcasts reporting on the deaths of two dogs at a dog grooming company. An Anti-SLAPP Motion was filed on behalf of the station and the reporter, which was granted by the court, dismissing the case with prejudice.

Marc Fantich v. Comcorp of Texas Inc.

Advertising agent sued our client, a television station, for defamation, tortious interference, and negligence after the station truthfully told a customer that the station's ad reps could no longer accept ads from the agent, who had multiple unpaid invoices. After we filed a summary judgment motion [...]

William T. Haak v. Better Business Bureau, Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc.; Travis County District Court, 419th Juducial District, 2015

BBB Austin and the Council of Better Business Bureaus were sued for defamation, “interference with prospective contract,” and negligence for BBB Austin’s business review and rating of plaintiff’s business alerting consumers to concerns with plaintiff’s business practices. Obtained dismissal and an a [...]

Carolyn Barnes v. Texas Attorney General, et. al.; Travis County District Court, 419th District Court; 2015

Plaintiff filed a lawsuit against a number of media entities bringing claims for defamation. In the same suit, she also sued approximately 70 other defendants (most of whom were government actors) alleging various constitutional violations and torts related to her prior arrest and incarceration. The [...]

Press Release
Haynes Boone Wins Dismissal for ProPublica and Houston Chronicle in First Amendment Case
April 25, 2024

The Media Law Practice Group at Haynes and Boone, LLP has won dismissal of a defamation case involving a joint article written by ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle. The case, decided by the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas, involved a 2018 investigative article concerning prominent heart surgeon Dr. O. Howard "Bud" Frazier. Dr. Frazier alleged the publications' reporting on his [...]