Katherine Gavett provides legal counsel and representation to private and public sector employers covering a broad range of legal matters. She approaches representation with the goal of implementing preventative measures to minimize legal risk while successfully and efficiently resolving pending legal claims. Her practice includes the following areas:
Employment Law – provides training, counsel and advocacy for public and private sector clients in a wide range of labor and employment law matters including wage and hour violations, FMLA compliance, discrimination and retaliation, and misclassification. She has successfully defended clients in administrative audits, administrative proceedings and in state and federal court.
Education Law – advises and represents school districts in day-to-day Education Law matters, school budget and finance matters, commercial transactions and litigation, and Employment Law issues specific to the unique statutes and regulations governing school districts.
Classification of Workers – represents companies with respect to classification of workers across multiple industries including transportation, construction, courier services, and financial services and in a variety for forums including before state departments of labor and departments of taxation, with respect to worker’s compensation obligations, and in state and federal court.
Transportation Law – counsels logistics industry clients with respect to operational models, claims management, and preventative measures to minimize the likelihood of litigation. Reviews, drafts and negotiates commercial leases, warehousing agreements, logistics agreements, delivery agreements and other transactional documents common to the industry; represents companies with respect to independent contractor misclassification claims.
Tax Certiorari Proceedings – represents school and municipal clients in real property tax assessment challenges for all types of properties including wind, hydropower, nuclear and other utilities, shopping centers and malls, office space, power centers, warehouse and industrial buildings, food processing facilities, and distribution centers.
Payment in Lieu of Tax Agreements – represents school and municipal clients in the review, negotiation, and enforcement of payment in lieu of tax agreements with industrial development agencies and energy companies, including the negotiation of and advocacy under solar payment in lieu of tax agreements.
New York State Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern, Western, Southern Districts of New York
New York State Bar Association
Onondaga County Bar Association
Trial Lawyers Association