Katherine L. Wood

ASSOCIATE

716-849-8900

Ms. Wood is an attorney in the firm’s Labor & Employment Law practice group, where she focuses her practice in employer-side counseling and litigation. She has experience handling employment discrimination claims filed under laws such as Title VII, ADA, ADEA and New York State Executive Law. She also has experience drafting pleadings, handling discovery demands and responses, interviewing witnesses, and handling EEOC and New York State Division of Human Rights matters. Ms. Wood is also experienced in defending lawsuits brought under New York State Labor Law, including wage and hour disputes.

Ms. Wood has experience drafting, reviewing, and employee handbooks for compliance with state and federal employment laws.  She also has experience with drafting and negotiating employment and separation agreements. In addition, she is experienced in drafting and arguing motions, conducting 50-h examinations and depositions, preparing appellate briefs, and handling other litigation matters.

Ms. Wood is a current co-chair of the WBASNY WNY Chapter Newsletter Committee.  She is also a volunteer tutor with Lawyers for Learning, where she tutors Buffalo Public Elementary School students in an effort to give back to her community and strengthen the connection between the legal community and local public schools.

Ms. Wood received her Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo Law School where she was a Publications Editor of the Buffalo Law Review and a member of the editorial board for the Buffalo Journal of Gender, Law & Social Policy. There she also received the CALI Award for Academic Excellence in Employment Law and was top ranked in the Advocacy in Mediation competition.  She graduated in the top 10% of her class. Ms. Wood received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Psychology.
 

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Court Admissions

Courts of the State of New York
United States District Court, Western District of New York

Education

University at Buffalo Law School (J.D., 2016)
State University of New York at Buffalo (B.A., 2013)

Professional Recognition

Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

Firm News

07/08/20: Step Out Buffalo Business: 5 Things Employers Should (But Might Not) Know About Reopening in WNY

06/18/20:  Legal Alert: Discrimination, Harassment, and Accommodations During a Pandemic, Part 2: What Employers Should Know About the EEOC’s Latest Guidance

06/16/20: Legal Alert: Discrimination, Harassment, and Accommodations During a Pandemic, Part 1: What Employers Should Know About the EEOC’s Latest Guidance

06/08/20: Legal Alert: Fun in the Sun: What Employers Should Know About the Re-Opening of Outdoor Dining in NYS

05/28/20: Legal Alert: U.S. DOL Simplifies Analysis of Overtime Exemption for Commissioned Sales Staff in the Service and Retail Industries

05/15/20: Legal Alert: School’s Out for Summer: US DOL Issues New Guidance on FFCRA Childcare Leave and More

05/08/20: Legal Alert: EEOC Issues New Return-to-Work Guidance for Employers on ADA Implications of COVID-19

04/21/20: Legal Alert: Employer-Friendly Update to New York State Voting Leave Law

04/13/20: Legal Alert: Not Another Coronavirus Alert: NYS Passes Paid Sick Leave Expansion

04/08/20: The Harmonie Group: 2019 Significant Cases

03/30/20: Legal Alert: COVID-19: The Latest New York State Law Developments and What Employers Need to Know

03/24/20: Legal Alert: What Employers Need to Know About the Latest Developments on Expansion of the FMLA and Paid Sick Leave Under Federal Law

03/19/20: Legal Alert: Governor Cuomo Increases Reduction in Workforce at Physical Workspace to 75% and Issues “Essential Services” Exemptions to Reduction Requirement

03/18/20: Legal Alert: Governor Cuomo Mandates 50% Reduction in Workforce at Physical Workspace

01/06/20: Legal Alert: New Employment Law Takes Effect: Section 194-A Wage and Salary History Inquiries Prohibited

10/8/19: Buffalo Rising: Expanded Pay Equity Law in NYS takes effect today

8/19/19: Buffalo Law Journal: New law adds another wrinkle to harassment regs

8/13/19: Legal Update: New Sexual Harassment Prevention Law Enacted: What Employers Need to Know

8/12/19: Blog: 27 Attorneys Named to 2019 Upstate New York Super Lawyers List

7/24/19: Legal Update: Another New Sexual Harassment Prevention Law: What Employers Need to Know

4/4/19: Best Lawyers: Lecher Pays – Can Social Change Be Sped Up Via Legislation

11/3/18: Buffalo Law Journal: Attorneys Give New Business Owners a Few Pointers