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Catherine M. DiVita

Catherine DiVita

Catherine has litigated a variety of civil cases in federal and state court, with a focus on employment and professional liability matters. Catherine also counsels clients on employment law issues and advises on HR policies and compliance strategies.

Catherine is an associate in the firm’s litigation department. Since joining the firm in 2017, she has maintained a broad civil litigation practice. She primarily handles employment and professional liability matters, but also takes on business disputes and insurance matters.

In her employment practice, Catherine not only protects clients as a defensive litigator but also as a counselor to avoid litigation. She helps employers comply with the complex and ever-changing landscape of federal and state employment laws. Her representative matters have included, for example, wage and hour, anti-discrimination, and anti-retaliation laws, as well as non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. Catherine drafts and reviews handbooks and policies related to hiring and firing, compensation, leave types, equal employment opportunity, reasonable accommodations, benefits, and other issues. She counsels employers on how to handle problems with employees and assists with workplace investigations. Where needed, she provides training on compliance issues.

In the professional liability sphere, Catherine defends lawyers and other professionals when their decisions and judgment are called into doubt. Catherine has represented clients in malpractice litigation and before licensing entities, such as the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. Catherine has also helped shareholders resolve disputes affecting their companies and defended insurers in high stakes coverage and bad faith matters. No matter the type of case, Catherine enjoys getting to know the players, uncovering the strengths and weakness of each party’s claims and defenses, and employing collaborative or aggressive tactics to move the case along, as appropriate.

Prior to joining the firm, Catherine clerked for Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson on the Connecticut Supreme Court and for former Chief Justice Scott L. Kafker on the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Catherine graduated cum laude from Boston College Law School in 2015 and summa cum laudefrom Syracuse University in 2012. Catherine was on the Boston College Law Review and a quarterfinalist in her law school’s moot court competition.

Catherine is committed to pro bono work and has handled several matters through the Legal Food Hub. She enjoys helping local farmers, having grown up on an apple orchard in Oswego, New York.

Outside of the office, Catherine enjoys getting outdoors as much as she can, whether it be hiking, kayaking, or playing tennis. She lives in Somerville with her husband and two cats.

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