Kristy Avino is a seasoned litigator and counselor handling complex business and employment litigation in state and federal court. Ms. Avino has significant experience litigating employment matters including breach of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, Massachusetts Wage Act claims, and employment discrimination cases. She also advises clients on matters including breach of contract, unfair business practices, and breach of fiduciary duty. An accomplished advocate, Ms. Avino has valuable trial experience and represents clients in all aspects of litigation including depositions, dispositive motions and trial. She is also skilled in handling motions for injunctive relief and negotiating favorable settlement agreements at critical points of litigation.
Ms. Avino counsels employers on a wide range of issues including the Family Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act and Americans with Disabilities Act. She drafts employment agreements, restrictive covenants and other employment-related documents. In addition, Ms. Avino advises businesses such as high-tech companies and internet start-ups on the protection of trade secrets and intellectual property, and she prepares applicable non-disclosure agreements.
Prior to joining McCarter & English, Ms. Avino was an associate with a litigation, labor and employment law firm in Boston. There she second-chaired a jury trial in a non-competition case and obtained a $1.3 million judgment, injunction, and jury verdict for her client. In a related matter, Ms. Avino obtained summary judgment and dismissal of breach of contract and Massachusetts Wage Act claims brought against the same employer. She also has prior experience handling general business and real estate litigation matters.
Ms. Avino received her law degree from Boston College, where she received the Wendell F. Grimes Award for outstanding work in advocacy competitions. She also won the Best Brief Award in the national Braxton Craven Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. During law school, she served as a student attorney with the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau in litigation and counseling matters . A passionate educator, Ms. Avino has taught law and law-related programs to Boston-area college and law students for the past decade.
Ms. Avino has been recognized in Massachusetts Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in 2014-2016. Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters. Click here for their methodology. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.