Catherine Crosby Long

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC

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20th Street North 420
Birmingham 35203 AL US

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.

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.

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.


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


  • 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

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.
  • Secured a bench trial win for a top-five national servicer against borrower allegations of fraud and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act claims.
  • 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.
  • Obtained dismissal of wrongful foreclosure claim for lender, affirmed on appeal by the Alabama Supreme Court.

Professional Honors & Activities:

  • 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


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