Sarah Catignani

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

Ms. Catignani is an associate attorney with the firm. She practices primarily in the labor and employment area, representing both public and private clients.  Ms. Catignani also handles education issues.  Ms. Catignani has represented clients before a number of courts and administrative tribunals at both the state and federal level.  She regularly conducts seminars and training programs on unlawful harassment, preventing discrimination, and a variety of other labor and employment issues.  Ms. Catignani has completed all the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination-certified “Train-the-Trainer” courses.

Ms. Catignani graduated from Bates College in 2007. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Catignani spent a year working on a presidential campaign and then served as a presidential appointee at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Washington, D.C.  She received her Juris Doctor, with Honors, from Boston College Law School in 2012. In law school, Ms. Catignani interned at the Massachusetts Superior Court. As a law student, Ms. Catignani was a member of the Jessup International Moot Court team.  The team won the Northeast Super Regional Competition and, in the Jessup Cup International Rounds, Ms. Catignani individually placed 3rd among several hundred oralists. She was a co-recipient of the third year best oralist award at Boston College Law School.  Prior to matriculating with the firm, Ms. Catignani worked for a presidential campaign as a law clerk and was sent to a targeted swing state to serve as the Election Day Operations Director for the general election.

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St. Mary's Center for Women and Children Diamonds of Dorchester

On October 20, 2016, Attorney Katherine Hesse introduced Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker at the annual St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children Diamonds of Dorchester event which was held at the Westin Copley Place.  Ms. Hesse currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children which focuses on offering innovative and family-centered programs for women and children who have experienced trauma and are living in poverty.  As Governor Baker noted, the St. Mary’s Center has been known for “healing” for well over 100 years.   According to Attorney Hesse, “of the many charities in which I have been involved over the last 40 years of my professional career, St. Mary’s is closest to my heart.”  Other highlights of the evening included Lorrie Higgins receiving the John M. Corcoran Award for Excellence based upon her advocacy of and commitment in helping those most vulnerable in our community.  Over six hundred individuals attended the event, which raised approximately $500,000 for the women and children who rely upon the center.  

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