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  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 2003
  • B.A., Villanova University, B.A.H. Honors Program, 1999

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

Memberships & Affiliations

Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Medford, MA, Chair

Massachusetts Bar Association

Women’s Bar Association

Xpert HR, Contributing Author

Kristy L. Avino

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    F: 617.607.9135

Kristy Avino works with employers and businesses to advance their goals and manage compliant, accessible and inclusive workplaces. A seasoned litigator and counselor, Kristy advises employers on all aspects of employment law, including wage and hour compliance, harassment and discrimination prevention, leave laws, protection of trade secrets and goodwill, and day-to-day employee management.

In addition to handling traditional employment issues, Kristy advises organizations on large-scale and strategic compliance matters, including pay equity audits, reclassification of employees, implementation of personnel policies, and EEO training. Kristy also counsels employers concerning labor and employment matters involved with corporate acquisitions and mergers, including conducting due diligence, negotiating executive employment agreements, and advising on workforce integration.

Highly knowledgeable about disability issues, Kristy helps employers design accessible workplaces and accommodations. She advises businesses and educational institutions on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and handles litigation involving website accessibility and other forms of accommodation.

Kristy also represents clients in litigation in state and federal court and before administrative agencies nationwide in all aspects of litigation from inception through trial and appeal. She has handled numerous non-competition and trade secret disputes, including at the critical injunction stage, and defends employers against single-plaintiff, collective and class action claims alleging violations of state and federal wage and hour laws and discrimination laws. She also represents clients in wage and hour audits and other labor practice investigations by government agencies.

Kristy received her law degree from Boston College, where she received the Wendell F. Grimes Award for outstanding work in advocacy competitions and won the Best Brief and Finalist Prizes in the national Braxton Craven Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. Kristy was named a “Top Women of Law” honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2019 and has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" since 2014 in Massachusetts and New England.

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Representative Matters

Obtained as a member of a trial team a favorable verdict, monetary award, and attorneys’ fees for a power generation client in a trial involving a corporate executive’s breaches of fiduciary duty to his former employer.
Represented a company with multiple hospitality and service-provider websites in a lawsuit alleging that the websites were not accessible to blind and visually impaired consumers in violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Negotiated a favorable resolution for our client.
Litigated a wage and hour lawsuit for a national wireless retail company in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and settled the matter favorably for our client.
Litigated a discrimination and failure to accommodate lawsuit for a national wireless company in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine. Negotiated a favorable settlement for our client.
Obtained a denial of conditional certification in a wage and hour collective action for a transportation company in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.*