Kathy is dedicated to supporting others on the entrepreneurial path, helping creative, social purpose and mission-driven organizations become successful on their own terms. This interest led Kathy to study cooperatives and cooperative law for several years, and in 2020, she was selected as a legal fellow with the Sustainable Economies Law Center. She is excited to support the growth of cooperatives, cooperative developers, and worker-owned businesses throughout Massachusetts and to facilitate the conversion of conventional businesses to employee ownership when business owners retire.
Before joining West Hill, Kathy was Senior Legal Counsel for the Healthcare Division at Nuance Communications, where she supported new product initiatives and North American sales and licensing of Nuance’s many software and SaaS solutions and related professional service offerings, while also assisting her international colleagues on cross border transactions. During this time, she managed complex relationships and contract negotiations with resellers, channel distributors, integration and development partners, referral agents, and marketing program members.
Prior to Nuance, Kathy was counsel to several other Massachusetts companies, including Staples, Alere (fka Inverness Medical), ModusLink (fka Modus Media International), Picis and Ergo Science. Earlier, she was a corporate associate at the large Boston firm, Sullivan & Worcester, and at the boutique technology firm, White & McDermott.
Before becoming an attorney, Kathy merged her love of libraries and her fascination with emerging database technologies to study information science. She served as the systems development librarian for the U.S. Virgin Islands where she lived for five years and started the legal research business that led her to law school.
Kathy received her B.A. from Harvard University, her M.S. in Library & Information Science from Simmons College, and her J.D. from Northeastern School of Law. She is a Legal Fellow with the Sustainable Economies Law Center and a member of the Massachusetts Bar, the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, the Cooperative Professionals Guild, the National Cooperative Business Association, and the International Association for Contract & Commercial Management.