Catherine Robb is of 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.
Ms. Robb is a past Co-Chair of the Women in Communication Law committee of the ABA Forum on Communication Law, and a member of the Texas Bar Association, and the Austin Bar Association. She is also a member, Executive Committee member, and Past President of, the Lloyd Lochridge Inn of Court. She served on the Judicial Relations Committee for the State Bar of Texas (2001-2004 and 2009) and graduated from The First Amendment Institute's First Amendment Leadership Program in 2002. After completing law school, Ms. Robb clerked for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (Chambers of W. Royal Furgeson) before going into private practice. Ms. Robb is on the Governing Committee for the ABA Forum on Communications Law and is a past Chair of the Women in Communications Law committee for the Forum.
Ms. Robb is the founder and Chair Emeritus of the LBJ Library Future Forum. She serves on the board of PBS, where she is the General Vice-Chair of the Board, and as a board member and past Board Chair of KLRU/Austin PBS (where she also serves on the Austin City Limits Committee). She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) and the Board of Managers for the University of Virginia Alumni Association, and on the Advisory Council for the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She is an Alumni member of the Texas Lyceum and is a member of Leadership Austin, Class of 2003. Ms. Robb is a past board member of the Austin Film Society (where she served as Board President), Humanities Texas (where she serves as an Alumni Board Chair), the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, the Austin Music Foundation, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, and the Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council. Ms. Robb is a past Advisory Council member of the Texas Exes and University of Texas School of Undergraduate Studies and served on The University of Texas' Commission of 125 (and Service to Society Committee).
In addition to these positions, Ms. Robb volunteers for several non-profits in the community, including Reading is Fundamental of Austin, Trinity Center, Back on My Feet, and Volunteer Legal Services. She was awarded the 2007 Austin Under 40 Award in the category of Community Service. In her free time, Catherine runs and does triathlons. Ms. Robb earned her J.D., 1998, with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law. She received her B.A., 1992 from The University of Virginia.