PINSKY, SMITH, FAYETTE & KENNEDY, LLP

PROTECTING WORKING PEOPLE & THEIR FAMILIES

MCKAY TOWER

146 Monroe Center  NW Suite 805

Grand Rapids  Michigan  49503-2818

Katherine Smith Kennedy

Katherine Smith Kennedy

Experienced in a broad range of workplace law, including gender and other discrimination claims, Katherine Smith Kennedy finds particular satisfaction in wage-and-hour claims—cases that allow her to make a real difference in a family’s long-term economic security. She’s a team player who works well with people on both sides of the desk. She’s a diligent advocate and values open, direct communication, responsiveness, and trust. She shares her time and talents as a volunteer with regional schools—including leading an annual Martin Luther King Day presentation for school children. A lover of the arts, she’s a former board member of Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities.  And she’s active in the legal community— serving as the former president of the local chapter of the Federal Bar Association and mentoring young attorneys through the Hillman Advocacy Program.  She’s a strong political advocate and fosters civic engagement in her children—inspiring the next generation to speak out for causes they believe in. Outside of work she and her husband Brady enjoy being with their two children and extended family, watching football, hiking, camping, and spending time at the beach.

Expertise

  • Employment law
  • Labor relations
  • FLSA, unpaid overtime, wrongful discharge, discrimination, and retaliation claims
  • Labor union arbitration and collective bargaining

 

Recognition

  • 2017 Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year for Labor Law work
  • Top “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • First female Western District FBA Chapter President (2010)
  • National FBA Presidential Achievement Award (2011)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2011-present)
  • Michigan Super Lawyers (2011-present)
  • State-Wide Respected Advocate Award (2012)

Memberships

  • Labor and Employment Section of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, chair
  • Federal Bar Association, Western District Michigan, past president (2010-2011) and executive board (2007-present)
  • Hillman Trial Advocacy Program, faculty and steering committee member
  • State Bar of Michigan, District Character and Fitness Committee
  • Cooley Law School, Professional Advisory Committee

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Michigan, 1989
  • JD, Southern Illinois University, 1995

Cases of note

  • HUIZINGA v. GENZINK STEEL SUPPLY & WELDING CO., US District Court, Western District of Michigan.  After a bench trial, Kathy won a verdict on a breach of fiduciary duty claim brought by a chief financial officer against his former employer to expose problems in management of his employer’s 401(k) program.  The Court awarded $320,000 to be returned to the 401(k) program and distributed to company employees.
  • CARLSON ET AL V. LEPRINO FOODS CO., US District Court, Western District of Michigan. Representing more than 70 Plaintiffs when the employer refused to pay overtime to their employees. Successfully litigated and settled the claims which included obtaining back wages, liquidated damages, and attorneys fees and costs for her clients.
  • Kathy has handled 90 cases in federal court in the last 10 years on behalf of employees and unions, and has obtained favorable verdicts and settlements on behalf of her clients.

SELECTED IN 2014

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  NEWS

  • GRPS former superintendent files lawsuit over severance agreement
  • Kennedy awarded prestigious honor as Respected Advocate
  • Grand Rapids attorney to become first female president of Federal Bar Association of Western Michigan
  • Kennedy receives President Achievement Award from Federal Bar Association

PINSKY,  SMITH,  FAYETTE & KENNEDY,  LLP

MCKAY TOWER

146 Monroe Center NW  Suite 805

Grand Rapids  Michigan  49503-2818

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