Eaton Peabody Welcomes Employment & Startup Attorney to Portland

Eaton Peabody is pleased to welcome employment attorney Katherine L. Porter to the firm. She joins the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group where she will represent clients in a wide range of general employment matters from the Portland office.

“Katie is an excellent addition to our firm”, said Managing Partner David Austin. “Katie is a terrific example of a talented young professional with strong ties to Maine who is returning to Maine to live and work. With nearly a decade of employment law experience in New York, we know Katie will be an important part of our team providing sophisticated labor and employment advice to our business clients located throughout Maine and beyond.”

Katherine will also support the firm’s Startup and Emerging Companies practice, a practice that has been led by Jeff Spaulding for over a decade. Katherine will assist high-growth companies with employment compliance, diligence and documentation as well as equity compensation.

“We have been fortunate to play an active role in the startup economy, working with many of the state’s prominent technology companies and investors.” said Jeff Spaulding. “These clients grow rapidly and have unique hiring and equity compensation needs. Katie has a strong background and we’re proud to add her to the dynamic team of professionals serving these companies.”

Prior to joining Eaton Peabody, Katherine practiced employment law in New York City at a Wall Street firm and an international law firm.

“I am delighted to join Eaton Peabody’s Labor & Employment practice and to support and further develop its exciting Startup and Emerging Companies practice”, said Katherine Porter.  “I am thrilled to return home to Maine and to support communities and businesses as they navigate employment issues.  Maine truly is a magical place to live and work and I feel very fortunate to be back and practicing at Eaton Peabody.”

Katherine is Senior Counsel in Eaton Peabody’s Labor and Employment and Startup and Emerging Companies practice groups and is based in the firm’s Portland, Maine office.

Katherine represents private and public employers and established and emerging companies in all aspects of labor and employment matters. She routinely advises clients on federal, state, and local employment laws, including on discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, accommodations, leaves, wage and hour, COVID-19 compliance, whistleblower and misclassification issues. She has extensive experience drafting agreements for labor and employment matters, consulting with clients on internal investigations and advising clients on employment and litigation issues for corporate transactions. Katherine also advises clients on equity compensation structures and drafts related agreements. In addition, she has defended clients in a variety of employment matters in federal court and before federal, state and local administrative agencies.

Prior to joining Eaton Peabody, Katherine practiced employment law in New York City at a Wall Street firm and an international law firm. She also served as a clerk to Honorable John A. Woodcock, Jr. in Bangor, Maine from 2012-2013. Katherine is a native of Bangor and is delighted to be living in Maine again.

Katherine holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University and a Juris Doctor from the Maurice A. Dean School of Law at Hofstra University.

In her free time, Katherine enjoys singing, hiking, speaking Spanish, art, traveling and sailing.