Royal, P.C. is a boutique woman-owned, women-managed law firm that exclusively represents companies in all aspects of labor and employment law.
Amy is the founding partner of Royal. She has over sixteen years of experience in private and public sector employer-side representation. Amy began her legal career as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where she defended the Commonwealth in complex civil litigation matters. Amy has also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Lawrence E. Kahn in the United States District Court, Northern District of New York and was employed by the City of Springfield in its Law Department. Upon entering private practice, Amy concentrated in company-side labor and employment law. Over the course of her career, Amy has successfully defended employers in 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, workers' compensation, 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 has assisted employers with unionized workforces during contract negotiations, at arbitrations, and with respect to employee grievances and unfair labor practice charges. She provides regular counsel to clients on general workplace matters, performs preventive work such as wage and hour law compliance, recordkeeping audits, and management training, and drafts contracts, employee manuals and affirmative action plans. Amy also advises non-union clients on maintaining a union-free workplace. Amy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in both English and History from Smith College in 1997. In 2000, Amy earned her Juris Doctor from Albany Law School of Union University where she served as the Executive Editor for the Albany Law Review. Amy is a frequent speaker at a wide variety of business associations and organizations and has authored innumerable articles on employment-related legal topics. She is also 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 is an avid sports fan and has coached baseball, basketball, and soccer for various leagues and tournament teams. She is certified as a youth baseball coach with Babe Ruth League, Inc. and Ripken Baseball, Inc. Education • J.D., Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, New York • B.A., Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts Admitted • Massachusetts • Connecticut • Vermont • United States District Court, Massachusetts • United States District Court, Connecticut • United States District Court, Vermont • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Accolades • 40 Under Forty, BusinessWest (2009) • Top Women of Law, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2012) • New England Super Lawyer (2014, 2015) • Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition Award for Providing Employment Opportunities to Individuals with Mental Illness (2015) Community • Vice Chairperson, Board of Directors, Center for Human Development, Inc. • Board of Directors, Human Resources Unlimited, Inc. • Board of Directors, Aditus, Inc. • Massachusetts State Council, a chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management • Campaign Co-Chair, United Way of Hampshire County • Former Chairperson, Board of Directors, United Way of Hampshire County • Former Trustee, The MacDuffie School, Inc. • Former Secretary and Treasurer, Franklin County Bar Association • Former Chairperson, Human Rights Committee of Aditus, Inc. • Former Member, Board of Directors, Child and Family Service, Inc. • Volunteer, "Girl Scouts of Today, Lawyers of Tomorrow"
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