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Katherine J. Michon


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Katherine J. Michon

Best Lawyers named Katherine J. Michon as a 2015 “Lawyer of the Year” based on the high esteem in which she is held by her colleagues.  Katherine and her partners pioneered the firm’s nationally-ranked executive advocacy practice which focuses on the legal needs of executives, professionals and select businesses in sophisticated employment matters.  She was also selected for the 2017 Edition of “Best Lawyers in America,” and in 2012 she was named a Top Woman of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.  


In addition, Boston Magazine has named Katherine as one of Boston's Best Employment Lawyers, and has described her as "one of the best negotiators in the business." She has been named in Boston Magazine to the following lists: Top 50 Female Super Lawyers in Massachusetts, the Top 50 Female Super Lawyers in New England and Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers.  Since 2013, Chambers USA awarded her the highest ranking, that of Band One.  According to Chambers USA, “clients have described Katherine as ‘experienced, thoughtful, and a calm, stabilizing force,’ who over the years has developed a lot of skill in negotiating settlements.  She is highly respected and revered by senior executives and corporate clients, who seek her out for advice on a wide range of employment matters…”


Katherine is particularly well known for her work on senior executive transition matters, including negotiating employment agreements, change-in-control, severance, retention, retirement, deferred compensation and compensation agreements, as well as non-solicitation and covenants not to compete.  She works proactively with executives and professionals to provide effective strategies for resolving workplace disputes often behind the scenes to best position the client.  Katherine has navigated thousands of clients through a variety of difficult employment situations that have resulted in successful outcomes, verdicts and settlements.  She has particular expertise in discrimination and sexual harassment matters, as well as handling sensitive departures with particular emphasis on protecting the executive’s reputation and financial security.


Katherine is Co-Chair of the Sexual Harassment Regulations Committee.  She co-authors the Commentary for the Massachusetts Discrimination Law Reporter, and is a past Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association's Labor & Employment Law Section.  She is a frequent author and speaker on cutting-edge issues in employment law, including managing the complexities of executive transition.  For many years, she has co-chaired the annual Employment Law Conference for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.  Katherine has authored a number of articles for publications such as Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and is a contributor to a leading employment law text, Drafting Employment Documents in Massachusetts, a publication of MCLE, and is a frequent panelist on employment law seminars.


Katherine received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her J.D. from New England School of Law.


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