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.  

In addition to her employment practice, Katy is a certified Title IX investigator and regularly conducts independent investigations for employers and educational institutions 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 worked as a Human Resources Consultant at L.L. Bean, where she helped managers navigate the kinds of issues she advises her clients on 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
  • 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)


  • Co-presenter, “COVID-19 & Employment Law: Best Practices,” Maine State Bar Association and Maine Trial Lawyers Association Litigation Institute, September 23, 2021
Civic Activities
  • Member, Board of Directors, Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine (2013-2017)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, State Street Church (2013-present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Catherine Morrill Day Nursery (2009-2013)

Practice Areas

Representative Experience
  • Regularly conducts independent investigations, on behalf of employers and educational institutions, including Title IX investigations
  • Routinely prepares and delivers trainings and presentations on a wide variety of employment issues, including social networking, FMLA, sexual harassment, and wage and hour compliance
  • Drafts and advises employers regarding employee handbooks, policies and procedures
  • Negotiates, drafts, and defends non-competition and non-solicitation agreements
Representative Experience
  • Routinely represents employers before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and the Maine Human Rights Commission
  • Litigated dozens of whistleblower retaliation and discrimination lawsuits in state and federal courts
  • Defended several wage and hour class actions, including cases involving the misclassification of workers as exempt or independent contractors