Katharine I. Rand

Having worked in human resources 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 helps employers avoid litigation, counseling them on compliance and employee relations issues and, where appropriate, negotiating early resolution of disputes. She also has an active litigation practice, routinely advocating on behalf of employers in state and federal court, as well as before administrative agencies such as the Maine Human Rights Commission and Department of Labor.

Katy is also an experienced investigator, skilled at conducting fair, thorough, and trauma-informed investigations. As a certified Title IX and United Educators approved sexual misconduct investigator, Katy regularly conducts external investigations for employers as well as educational institutions at all levels.

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 worked as a Human Resources Consultant at L.L. Bean, where she helped managers navigate the same issues she helps clients navigate every day. 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 Law
  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" for Employment Law - Management by The Best Lawyers in America® (2019 and 2023)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers for Employment Law - Management (2015-present)
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)

Presentations

  • Co-presenter, “COVID-19 & Employment Law: Best Practices,” Maine State Bar Association and Maine Trial Lawyers Association Litigation Institute, September 23, 2021
Civic Activities
  • Justice Action Group, Pro Bono Committee (2019-present)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine, Court Operations Advisory Committee (2020-present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Cleaves Law Library (2019-present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine (2013-2017)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, State Street Church (2013-2020)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Catherine Morrill Day Nursery (2009-2013)

Practice Areas

Representative Experience
  • Routinely represents employers before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and the Maine Human Rights Commission
  • Defended countless whistleblower retaliation and discrimination lawsuits in state and federal courts, including a number of cases through trial
  • Defended several wage and hour class actions, including cases involving the misclassification of workers as exempt or independent contractors
Representative Experience
  • Regularly conducts independent investigations, in person or remotely, for a wide range of educational institutions, including for higher education institutions and independent schools throughout the United States.