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Catherine Crosby Long

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Catherine Crosby Long focuses her practice on government enforcement and investigation issues and white collar criminal defense. Catherine also has extensive complex litigation experience in a variety of different industries, including financial services, construction, and labor and employment.

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Financial Institutions and Data Breach Diligence May 25, 2016
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Featured Experience

Member of a trial team that obtained judgment of acquittal in multi-week criminal trial of government contractor charged with violating the International Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Obtained a bench trial verdict in a non-profit governance dispute in a case involving the School Choice and Student Opportunity Act.

Secured a bench trial win for a top-five national servicer against borrower allegations of fraud and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act claims.

2017

Professional Biography

Overview

Catherine has guided Firm clients through a variety of different government investigation and enforcement issues, including responding to civil and administrative subpoenas. Catherine has also assisted clients in resolving alleged Controlled Substances Act violations with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Catherine has significant complex litigation experience, having handled countless depositions and dispositive motions during her career. Catherine has also successfully defended clients in multiple trials, and recently served as lead counsel in a multi-day bench trial for a nonprofit charter school organized under Alabama's School Choice and Student Opportunity Act. A complete judgment in the school's favor was subsequently entered by the Court, which will allow the school to open its doors in Fall 2019. Catherine is a member of the Firm's Privacy and Security Team, and has defended financial institutions involved in data breach litigation and assisted a Firm client in satisfying its data breach notification obligations to governmental entities and affected individuals and employees in a breach involving more than 20 states and hundreds of employees.

Now in her 12th year of practice, Catherine has worked to develop a growing practice while maintaining the values that she learned as a child in Brewton, Alabama: compassion, civic responsibility, and service to others. Catherine is the only former Miss Alabama to practice law in Alabama, and uses this experience to connect with judges and juries from all walks of life in venues across the Southeast.

Catherine serves as a member of the Leadership Team for the Firm's Women's Initiative. She is active in her community, and is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham and serves on the Birmingham Children's Theatre Board of Trustees. When not in the office, Catherine enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.

Representative Matters
  • Member of a trial team that obtained judgment of acquittal in multi-week criminal trial of government contractor charged with violating the International Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

  • Assisted with a civil forfeiture claimant in recovering attorneys' fees under the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act. 

  • Obtained a bench trial verdict in a non-profit governance dispute in a case involving the School Choice and Student Opportunity Act.

  • Secured a bench trial win for a top-five national servicer against borrower allegations of fraud and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act claims.

  • Won summary judgment dismissal of post-foreclosure claims against GSE and loan servicer based on alleged issues with default notice and acceleration required by the terms of the note and mortgage.

  • Routinely handles Telephone Collection Practices Act (TCPA) claims in federal courts across Alabama, including issues regarding consent provided by the borrower to be contacted on a cellular telephone.

  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of class action alleging lender violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by sending monthly periodic statements to a borrower post-foreclosure.

  • Won summary judgment dismissal of claims against health care company that allegedly violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by contacting a patient after his stay in the hospital due to a motorcycle accident.
  • Received favorable ruling that preserved government-sponsored entity's ability to remove a case to federal court based on language within its charter.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of all claims for loan servicer against alleged violations of Truth in Lending Act section 1641(g) under "administrative convenience" exception, affirmed on appeal by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

  • Dismissal of counterclaim against GSE where borrower asserted oral loan modification and wrongful foreclosure claims, recently affirmed by Alabama Court of Civil Appeals. The borrower's petition for rehearing was further denied.
  • Obtained dismissal of wrongful foreclosure claim for lender, affirmed on appeal by the Alabama Supreme Court.
  • Obtained summary judgment for client in real property dispute involving competing claims of priority and improperly filed liens.
  • Represented subcontractor in oral argument before the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals in Competitive Bid Law dispute.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a national bank in a data breach case in the Northern District of Alabama. Plaintiff's identity was stolen and alleged it was because the bank caused a breach by not encrypting a loan application sent via a PDF Attachment to an email. We defended the case on issue of proximate cause; the court agreed and granted summary judgment.

  • Represented title insurer in loan dispute involving claims of fraud and mortgage reformation, resulting in a more than $500,000 verdict for client.

  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal for lender against breach of contract claim arising from alleged violations of required pre-foreclosure notice. The decision was affirmed on appeal by the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals and writ of certiorari was denied by the Alabama Supreme Court.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Business Litigation (2013 – 2017)
  • Listed as one of B-Metro Magazine's Top Women Lawyers (2015 – 2018)
  • Listed as one of Birmingham Magazine's Top Influencers (2018)
  • Named a "Top 40 Under 40" by the Birmingham Business Journal (2016)
  • Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum, Class Fourteen
  • Member – Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, Birmingham Business Hall of Fame Committee
  • Member – Newcomen Society of Alabama
  • Member – International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Member – Birmingham Children's Theatre Board of Trustees (2013 – 14); Chair of Governance Committee (2014 – 2015, 2017 – 2018); Chair of Personnel Committee (2015 – 2016)
  • Member – Alabama State Bar Section, Birmingham Bar Association
  • "Birmingham's Finest" Honoree, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Alabama (2012)
  • "Birmingham's Finest" Honoree Committee, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Alabama (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Recipient – President George W. Bush Volunteer Service Award
Publications
Speaking Engagements

Education

  • University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2007, cum laude
    • Alabama Editor – Alabama Law Review, 2006 – 2007
  • Auburn University, B.A. in History, 2002

Admissions

  • Alabama, 2007
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

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