Caitlin Potratz

Caitlin Potratz Metcalf

Senior Associate, CIPP/US, Washington, D.C.


Professional experience 

Education and Qualifications


Caitlin focuses on US-EU cross-border regulatory compliance, good governance and crisis management related to data protection and cybersecurity. The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) has designated Caitlin as a US Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). She also has extensive experience advising clients on internal and government investigations and white collar defense.

She counsels clients on US and EU data privacy, including GDPR compliance and cross-border data transfers, as well as US federal, state and local data privacy regulations. Her practice includes advising fintech, technology and telecommunications companies and financial institutions in sensitive matters from using innovative technologies to handling regulatory inquiries and compliance, enforcement actions and litigation. She also has advised clients on developing and implementing corporate compliance programs and conducting pre and post-transaction due diligence. Caitlin regularly interacts with a variety of U.S. government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as foreign regulators. Additionally, she has significant experience advising clients in Latin America and Spain and is proficient in Spanish.

Caitlin prioritizes pro bono work and is active in the local community. As amicus curiae counsel, she has represented the American Jewish Committee (AJC) before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in cases involving important constitutional issues, such as the protection of religious freedom and limits on Presidential power. Caitlin was previously recognized by the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice for her excellence in public service working with the non-profit, Transparency International, to combat corruption. She enjoys running and triathlons.

Caitlin is also a member of these data privacy and security organisations: IAPP – Women Leading Privacy, W@Privacy, Women in Security and Privacy.

Work highlights:

Caitlin has represented corporate clients in a variety of significant white collar, civil and regulatory cases, including:

  • A major financial institution on crisis management and global asset recovery after a cyber incident
  • Multi-national companies, and their executives on matters concerning: cross-border data transfers, the CLOUD Act, the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Defend Trade Secrets Act, the Communications Decency Act, the Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, CAN-SPAM and Do Not Call Act, and related state laws.
  • A prominent software company in a global internal accounting fraud investigation
  • A global mining company in federal securities class actions and Delaware appraisal actions following a major U.S. acquisition
  • A Fortune 50 IT services company in a sensitive internal investigation and mediation of employment discrimination, breach of contract, and fraud disputes
  • A Swedish company in advising on no conflicts with U.S. data protection regulations related to a cross-border transfer of personal data outside the European Union following the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

Professional experience 

Caitlin is a member of the prestigious Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court in Washington, D.C., whose members include federal judges, senior government attorneys at DOJ and SEC, and the top D.C. white collar defense lawyers.

Caitlin served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Cecilia M. Altonaga, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

She previously worked as a Senior Research Associate for the Public International Law & Policy Group on projects related to war crimes prosecutions and witness protection in Uganda, election monitoring and constitutional reform in Kosovo, and minority rights in Tanzania. For the 2010 Kosovar elections, she served as an independent election observer appointed by the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations. Caitlin also has experience working on the Hill from her time as a Security for a New Century fellow with congressional thinktank, The Henry L. Stimson Center, and interning for Congressman Lloyd Doggett.

Education and Qualifications

Caitlin earned a dual degree, cum laude, from American University, holding a Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law and a Masters of Arts in International Politics from the School of International Service. She graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with an A.B. in Government.

Caitlin is a member of the District of Columbia and New York State Bars, and she is admitted to the United States Supreme Court. The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) has designated Caitlin as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).

She is proficient in Spanish and French.