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 equal employment opportunity 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.