Amy B. Royal
“What I find most fulfilling about the work I do is the relationships I form with clients. Because employers face a multitude of issues each and every day, I have the opportunity to work closely with them on an ongoing basis and with respect to a variety of matters, ranging from litigation to compliance to preventive planning and strategizing. I have worked with several clients for over a decade. In providing counsel to them over the years, I become part of their team. I really enjoy feeling included in their organization.”
Amy believes that a law firm must choose one side in labor and employment law. Her side is management. As a business owner herself, Amy has a unique understanding of the issues facing businesses: she knows how to assess risk and provide practical solutions.
Amy is the founding partner of Royal LLP and is the head of the law firm’s Litigation Group. Amy has successfully defended employers in both federal and state courts as well as before administrative agencies in a variety of areas of employment law, including employment discrimination and sexual harassment, unfair competition, breach of contract and wrongful discharge claims, and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations, with a special emphasis in wage and hour class actions. Amy regularly advises non-union clients on maintaining a union-free workplace and performs other preventive work such as wage and hour law compliance, recordkeeping audits, drafting of employee manuals and affirmative action plans, and management training. In addition, Amy assists unionized clients during contract negotiations, at arbitrations, and with respect to employee grievances and unfair labor practices charges.
With thirteen years of experience in private and public sector employer-side representation, Amy began her career in the public sector as an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Attorney General defending the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in matters that included employment claims. Upon entering private practice over ten years ago, she has exclusively concentrated in management-side labor and employment law. Amy previously served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Lawrence E. Kahn in the United States District Court, Northern District of New York. Amy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in both English and History from Smith College in 1997. In 2000, she earned her Juris Doctor from Albany Law School of Union University where she served as the Executive Editor for the Albany Law Review. She is the author of The Parameters of the Substantial Justification Test as Established by the Supreme Court in Lunding v. New York Tax Appeals Tribunal, 63 Alb. L. Rev. 657 (1999).
Amy’s accolades include Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s 2012 Top Women of Law award recognizing her as a top woman lawyer in Massachusetts as well as BusinessWest’s prestigious 40 Under Forty award recognizing her for outstanding leadership in the Pioneer Valley business community. Amy serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Human Development, Inc. where she chairs its Governance Committee. She is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Hampshire County. She also serves on the Board of Directors of both Human Resources Unlimited and Aditus, Inc. For a number of years, Amy served as Treasurer and Secretary of the Executive Board of the Franklin County Bar Association and chaired its Continuing Legal Education Committee. In addition, she is a former Trustee of The MacDuffie School, the former Chair of the Human Rights Committee of Aditus, Inc. and previously served on the Board of Directors of Child and Family Service of Pioneer Valley, Inc. For several years, Amy served as a volunteer for the program “Girl Scouts of Today, Lawyers of Tomorrow” and as an Adjunct Professor at Elms College in the Business and Law Department. She is a frequent speaker for a wide variety of associations and organizations and has authored numerous articles on employment-related legal topics.
Amy is admitted to practice in both the state and federal courts in Massachusetts and Connecticut as well as federal court in Vermont.
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