Katie Townsend is the Legal Director at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. She oversees the litigation, amicus, and other legal work of the Reporters Committee attorneys. She represents the Reporters Committee, news organizations, and individual journalists, including documentary filmmakers, in-court access, freedom of information, and other First Amendment and press freedom matters.
Prior to joining the Reporters Committee as its first Litigation Director in 2014, She was an associate in the Los Angeles office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where her practice focused on media and entertainment litigation. She was recognized in 2015 as a Washington, D.C. “Rising Star” by The National Law Journal and, in 2015, was named one of the “Next Gen – Hollywood’s Up-and-Coming Execs 35 and Under” by The Hollywood Reporter. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and serves on the International Documentary Association’s Enterprise Documentary Fund Advisory Committee.
She is a 2007 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a member of the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida in 2004 with a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism.