Kathleen O’Toole primarily focuses her practice on employment matters, as both a litigator and a trusted advisor. On the litigation side, Kate represents employers facing various employment lawsuits, such as discrimination, sexual harassment, and wage and hour claims. She also counsels employers on resolving challenging workplace issues and collaborates with them on practices, policies, and risk management strategies designed to prevent litigation. Kate recognizes that employers want to focus on running and growing their businesses and aims to help clients to navigate the complex web of state and federal employment statutes so that her clients can do just that. She also advises and negotiates on behalf of clients – both for employers and for individuals – in the area of employment, severance, and restrictive covenants agreements.
In addition to her employment law practice, Kate also defends professional liability claims and advises clients on insurance coverage matters. Early in her legal career, Kate primarily represented plaintiffs in motor vehicle, general liability, workers’ compensation, product liability, nursing home negligence, and medical malpractice claims. Her experience representing clients on both sides of the “v” has given her a valuable perspective in her practice.
Throughout her career, Kate has represented clients in various Massachusetts Trial Courts (including District, Superior, and Probate and Family) and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She has also represented clients at various administrative agencies, including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA), the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA), as well as a variety of Massachusetts professional licensure boards.
Kate is a proud graduate of Wellesley College and Suffolk University Law School. Outside of work, she cherishes her time with her family and friends. She loves to travel with her husband whenever they have the chance, visit with family on Cape Cod and in New Jersey, play recreational softball, and dine out at Boston-area restaurants with friends.