Kathleen A. Berney

As both a counselor and an advocate, Kathleen works hard to help clients navigate legal issues and achieve positive outcomes.


Kathleen A. Berney is a business and employment litigator who works efficiently and effectively to help clients resolve their most challenging issues. Both in and out of the courtroom, Kathleen draws upon her experience as in-house counsel at a large corporation to help clients avoid or remediate problems or risks. When necessary, Kathleen partners with clients to tailor pragmatic solution-focused litigation strategies. Kathleen leverages her experience as a judicial law clerk for the Massachusetts Appeals Court to offer top-notch advocacy to clients.

Her practice includes advising and representing clients in business litigation and labor and employment issues, including wage and hour claims, non-competition law, and defense of companies against False Claims Act and whistleblower claims. Kathleen has experience conducting internal investigations, as well as representing companies in government and administrative agency investigations. Kathleen also counsels clients to develop customized compliance systems, including policies and internal control procedures.

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2016
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2018


  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2016
  • New York University, B.F.A., Drama, Tisch School of the Arts


Years leading up to becoming an attorney, Kathleen was a small business owner and a devoted litigation professional at law firms and Fortune 100 corporations where she gained broad exposure to business litigation, IP litigation, internal investigations, compliance, e-discovery, labor and employment issues, and government contracts.

After earning her JD, Kathleen worked as Litigation Counsel within the Office of General Counsel at Raytheon Company, where she represented the company in a broad array of matters, including: business litigation, internal investigations, issues related to government contracts, and compliance with government agencies.

Kathleen served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Justice Peter Sacks of the Massachusetts Appeals Court for the 2017-2018 court term.

When not advocating for clients, Kathleen loves spending time with her husband (a professional trumpet player), their two boys, and their yellow lab, Lizzie. She is also an avid runner and triathlete.

Publications & Appearances

  • Fireside Chat with EEOC General Counsel Karla Gilbride, MBA Labor & Employment Conference, May 2024
  • Co-Presenter, “Reopening a Massachusetts Workplace,” Eastern Benefits Group, June 2021
  • Presenter, Employment Law Symposium, MCLE New England, May 2021
  • Co-Author, “Common Defense Strategies,” in Nuts & Bolts of Wrongful Termination, Discrimination & Retaliation Litigation,  a publication by the National Business Institute, 2020
  • Co-Author, “Whistleblowing and Retaliation Litigation, in Nuts & Bolts of Wrongful Termination, Discrimination & Retaliation Litigation, a publication by the National Business Institute, 2020
  • Co-Author, “Drafting Employee Manuals and Handbooks” in Drafting Employment Documents in Massachusetts, a publication by MCLE | New England
  • Co-Presenter, “A Roadmap for Reopening a Massachusetts Workplace,” August 2020
  • Co-Presenter, “MA Paid Family Leave Workshop: An Overview for Nonprofits,” September 2019
  • Author, “Law Firm Initiatives to Narrow the Gender Gap,” Women’s Bar Review, 2017



  • International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF), Vice President, Massachusetts Chapter
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Law Working Group
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, Women’s Bar Association
  • Certified EEO Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Trainer, MCAD (Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination)


  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, 2023-present
  • Named a Massachusetts Rising Star by Super Lawyers, 2022-present

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