Kate’s work primarily involves litigation and counseling on federal and state labor and employment matters, including issues involving discrimination and harassment, leaves of absence, wage and hour disputes on an individual and class-wide basis, employee classification, wrongful termination, trade secret protection, and the enforcement of noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements.
Kate handles employment litigation before federal and state courts, arbitrators, and administrative agencies, including state fair employment and human rights agencies. She has also represented clients in cases pertaining to the False Claims Act, insider trading, and shareholder disputes.
Kate also counsels clients on a wide variety of employment issues, such as leaves of absence, independent contractor and employee classification, wage and hour law compliance, reasonable accommodation for disabled employees, employee discipline and terminations, and the protection of trade secrets and confidential information. She manages and conducts internal investigations of harassment and discrimination claims, wage and hour compliance issues, whistleblower claims, and allegations of ethics and code of conduct violations. She also provides training on anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies and procedures as well as effective management practices.
Kate frequently provides employment and labor guidance on corporate merger and acquisition transactions, and regularly negotiates and drafts executive employment, separation, and related agreements on behalf of both publicly and privately held companies.
In her labor practice, she advises clients on a range of collective bargaining issues, and represents clients before the National Labor Relations Board with respect to unfair labor practice charges and union election proceedings.
Prior to rejoining the firm in October 2016, Kate was Vice President, Employment & Litigation Counsel at NTT DATA, Inc., a global IT services company which provides professional services, including consulting, application services, business process and IT outsourcing, and cloud-based solutions. In this role, which spanned across North America and in India, Kate managed commercial and employment litigations, provided human resources and business executives with employment law advice and counseling on all aspects of employment law, handled internal investigations, training, and compliance, and supported all phases of corporate merger and acquisition transactions.
From October 2006 through mid-2013, Kate was an Associate at Mintz. In law school, Kate served as a Special Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General’s Office, where she represented state agencies before state courts. Her experience also includes four years as a legislative aide in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
- Boston College (JD)
- University of Massachusetts (MSPA)
- College of the Holy Cross (BA)
Recognition & Awards
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Employment Lit: Defense (2018-2019)
- Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Top Women of Law (2019)
- Board Member, Read to a Child, Boston Regional Board
- Alumna, Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Program (2010 – 2011)
News & Press
April 11, 2019 | Blog | By Katharine Beattie, Emma Follansbee
March 28, 2019 | Blog | By Katharine Beattie, Cynthia Larose, Jennifer Budoff
Changing Tides in Parental Leave Policies: Maintaining a Lawful Policy in Light of Recent EEOC Scrutiny
January 4, 2019 | Blog | By Katharine Beattie, Emma Follansbee
August 15, 2018 | Blog
August 14, 2018 | Blog | By Katharine Beattie, Jennifer Budoff
August 8, 2018 | Blog | By Katharine Beattie, Emma Follansbee
July 10, 2018 | Blog | By Katharine Beattie
Arbitration Provisions with Class Action Waivers Are Enforceable…Now What? A Guide for Human Resources Professionals and In-House Counsel on the Practical Implications of this “Epic” Decision
May 23, 2018 | Blog | By Katharine Beattie, Jennifer Budoff
July 20, 2017 | Blog | By Katharine Beattie
July 18, 2017 | Alert | By Katharine Beattie
News & Press
August 2, 2019 | LinkedIn
Mintz Member Katharine Beattie Discusses Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
June 13, 2019 | Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
“This delay will be welcome news for employers, especially small businesses and those companies exploring the private plan option,” she said. “Many unanswered questions remain, though, so hopefully the Legislature’s changes to the program design will clarify the open issues,” she said.