Katherine A. Guarino is an associate in the Litigation Department. She represents businesses and individuals in a wide variety of complex civil litigation. Katie has developed a niche practice defending colleges and universities against breach of contract, tort, discrimination, including under Title IX, real estate, and other claims in state and federal court.
She has broad regulatory experience, which includes representing clients before the Department of Labor and professional licensing boards, drafting legislation and initiative petitions, and interpreting statutes and regulations in the areas of gaming, education, conflicts of interest, and campaign finance.
Katie also represents businesses in employment disputes to protect their trade secrets and to prevent former employees from violating non-competition and non-solicitation obligations.
Katie was recently named by Massachusetts Lawyers’ Weekly as one of its “Up and Coming Lawyers.” Outside of the office, Katie serves on the Holy Cross Alumni Association Board of Directors Senate and Civil Litigation Section Council for the Massachusetts Bar Association. She is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Mass Bar Association’s Leadership Academy. Katie also is an active member of the Women’s Bar Association and USA500 Club.
Representative Experience :
- Obtained dismissal of all claims at summary judgment on behalf of a university in a suit brought by a former visiting researcher at the university alleging commercial disparagement, breach of contract, fraud, and violation of Chapter 93A
- Second-chaired a trial on behalf of a university involving claims arising out of a real estate agreement, which the court dismissed; the ruling was upheld on appeal to the Supreme Judicial Court
- Advised client with respect to tribal land-in-trust process, including an analysis of a tribe’s eligibility under the Indian Reorganization Act
- Obtained dismissal at summary judgment of negligence claims asserted against a university arising out of an alleged sexual assault
- Advised client on Massachusetts Expanded Gaming Act, including as to bidding process for commercial gaming license
- Represented business in employment case seeking to protect trade secrets and enforce non-competition agreements
- Defended insurance agency against claims brought in New Hampshire state court challenging the suitability of insurance products sold to customers
- Prevailed on a motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction in the District Court for the District of Massachusetts on behalf of a university where the plaintiff failed to state a claim for violation of the Lanham Act
- Obtained dismissal of an appeal alleging civil rights violations and discrimination claims brought by a former employee on behalf of a university
- Orchestrated a settlement structure for a pro bono client that resulted in continuous payment of funds that had been overdue for two years prior to the firm’s entry into the case
- J.D., Boston College Law School
- B.A., magna cum laude, College of the Holy Cross
Admissions : Massachusetts; New Hampshire
Admitted To Practice :
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
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