Mary Katherine Geraghty

Partner

Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3272

“Providing the right solutions for my clients is the number one priority, whether that’s litigation or litigation avoidance.”

Overview
Bar Admissions

Maryland

Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Education

J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 2002

B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1996

Mary Kate Geraghty is an experienced trial lawyer and trusted business advisor, who handles complex business and employment litigation throughout the federal and state courts and administrative agencies in New England and nationally. She has experience advising companies and individuals in a broad range of industries, including financial services, chemical manufacturing, higher education, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and real estate. Her relevant cases include, among other things, contract disputes, complex indemnification issues, environmental, health and safety litigation, intellectual property matters, Title IX issues, and government investigations. 

Mary Kate also counsels companies and individuals on employment issues, including severance and other contract matters, OSHA, Title VII, ADA and USERRA issues and other discrimination claims. She has litigated a wide range of cases involving employment issues in Massachusetts courts, in arbitration, and before the EEOC and Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

No matter what court or phase of civil litigation her clients find themselves in, Mary Kate is prepared to advise on case analysis and strategy, discovery, trial preparation, trial and arbitration, settlement and appeals.

Prior to joining Burns & Levinson, Mary Kate served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rosemarie Annunziata on the Virginia Court of Appeals, practiced in Washington, D.C., and worked at a national litigation firm in Boston.

Experience

Experience

  • Served as trial counsel in a complex commercial dispute in federal court (SDNY) that resulted from a multi-billion dollar acquisition of chemical manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Mary Kate litigated 30+ safety, health and environmental claims related to the OSHA Process Safety Management Regulation (and its subsections relating to mechanical integrity, facility siting, process safety information and emergency action plans), the OSHA General Duty Clause, equivalent health and safety laws in the United Kingdom, Canada and Europe, and environmental remediation and permitting issues in the U.S. and abroad. After three weeks of trial, the team obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of the client.
  • Won dismissal on all counts for a multi-national car sharing company in the New York Supreme Court in connection with claims related to a customer’s business account.
  • Successfully defended former directors and officers of target company in connection with claims for indemnification related to acquisition and due diligence.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement for a digital commerce company in connection with breach of contract claims arising out of e-commerce site development agreements.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement for a partner involved in a dispute arising out of the dissolution of the partnership and disbursement of assets, including multiple real estate holdings.
  • Obtained a multi-million dollar verdict for a child who was injured on an escalator in China. The verdict was reported as the tenth largest in Massachusetts in 2007.
Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2016-2017)

Massachusetts Rising Stars (2009-2010, 2013-2014)

Best Lawyers in America- Employment Law- Individuals (2019)

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Friends of Titus Sparrow Park

  • Board of Directors

Charlestown Mothers’ Association

Notre Dame Club of Boston

ND Women Connect

Memberships

American Bar Association

Boston American Inn of Court

Boston Bar Association

Maryland State Bar Association

Massachusetts Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

"Tackling Hot Topics: Labor and Employment Law," Moderator, Suffolk University Law School 3rd Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, September 2014

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications

"OSHA Is Ready for the February 1 Recordkeeping Deadline... Are You?" Burns & Levinson OSHA Update, February 2016

Resources
Mary Katherine Geraghty
Practices
  • Employee Rights & Advocacy
  • Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • Executive Compensation & Counseling
Education

J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 2002

B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1996

Admissions

Maryland

Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S District Court for the District of Massachusetts

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