Attorneys & Professionals

Kier Wachterhauser

TEL: (617) 479-5000
EMAIL: kwachterhauser@mhtl.com

Mr. Wachterhauser is a partner at MHTL.  Mr. Wachterhauser represents private and public sector clients in all areas of labor and employment law and maintains a general litigation practice.  Mr. Wachterhauser regularly counsels clients on employment matters, including wage and hour, leave entitlements, and discrimination and harassment matters, as well as the drafting of employment policies and contracts, and represents clients in employment-related litigation before state and federal courts and administrative bodies, such as the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Mr. Wachterhauser also maintains an extensive labor practice, representing public and private clients in the collective bargaining process, arbitration hearings, and proceedings in front of administrative agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board, the Civil Service Commission, and the Department of Labor Relations. Mr. Wachterhauser’s clients include health care agencies, financial institutions, food service entities, local housing authorities and other State and local governmental entities.

 

Mr. Wachterhauser is a regular speaker at industry and trade groups, chambers of commerce, and other organizations on a wide range of labor and employment topics.   Mr. Wachterhauser also conducts workplace training for organizations of all sizes.

 

Mr. Wachterhauser received his Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Boston University Law Review.  In law school, Mr. Wachterhauser was awarded the Faculty Award for Academic Accomplishment.  Prior to attending law school, Mr. Wachterhauser spent several years working in the consulting field, providing guidance to administrators of hospitals and universities on a variety of business-related matters.   Mr. Wachterhauser received a Masters of Arts degree from Northwestern University and graduated from Swarthmore College with honors.

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