Having worked in HR and management in the private sector, Katy Rand brings hands-on experience to her practice.  Her client work primarily involves employment law, with a focus on discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage / hour issues.   Katy counsels employers on a wide range of compliance and employee relations issues.  She also has an active litigation practice, advocating on behalf of employers in state and federal court, as well as before administrative agencies such as the Maine Human Rights Commission.  

In addition to her employment practice, Katy is a certified Title IX investigator and regularly conducts independent investigations for employers and schools on a wide range of issues, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.  

After college and before attending law school, Katy completed a management training program with Hannaford Brothers Company and worked for this major New England grocery retailer in various capacities, including as a department manager and department specialist, managing inventory and margins, addressing employee relations issues, implementing corporate marketing programs, and preparing for new store openings in North Carolina and Virginia. In addition, Katy has experience as a Human Resources Consultant at L.L. Bean, where she helped managers navigate the kinds of issues she advises her clients on today. After earning her law degree, Katy clerked for United States District Court Judge D. Brock Hornby.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Received the University of Maine School of Law Faculty Scholastic Achievement Award for the highest grade point average over three years of study
  • Recognized by Chambers USA for Labor and Employment and by The Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law since 2015

Professional Activities

Chair, Maine Labor Relations Board

Member, American Bar Association

Publications

Maine Celebrates 40 Years of Anti-Discrimination Law: A Conversation with Maine Human Rights Commission Executive Director Patricia Ryan, 26 Me. Bar. J. 77 (2011)

"Spyer" Beware: The Pitfalls of Using Social Networking Sites to Research Employees, 25 Me. Bar. J. 204 (2010)

Employment At Will in Maine: RIP?, 22 Me. Bar J. 105 (2007)

Taking Care of Business and Protecting Maine's Employees: Supervisor Liability for Employment Discrimination under the Maine Human Rights Act, 55 Me. L.Rev. 428 (2003)

Civic Activities

Member, Board of Directors, Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine (2013-present)

Member, Board of Trustees, State Street Church (2013-present)

Member, Board of Directors, Catherine Morrill Day Nursery (2009-2013)

Practice Areas

Representative Experience

  • Conducted numerous independent investigations, on behalf of employers and higher education institutions
  • Prepared and delivered trainings and presentations on a wide variety of employment issues, including social networking, FMLA, sexual harassment, and wage and hour compliance
  • Drafted and advised employers regarding employee handbooks, policies and procedures
  • Advocated on behalf of employers before numerous agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and the Maine Human Rights Commission

Representative Experience

  • Litigated dozens of whistleblower retaliation and discrimination lawsuits in state and federal courts