Makenzie Way is a labor and employment lawyer who regularly counsels clients on the many intricacies of local, state, federal, and international employment laws and regulations. As part of her counselling efforts, Ms. Way often helps clients on matters involving issues of non-competition agreements, hiring, disciplinary actions, terminations, severance agreements, COVID-19 accommodations and policies, leaves of absence, and complying with state and federal discrimination and wage and hour laws. Ms. Way also provides strategic advice on best practices surrounding use of artificial intelligence  and the metaverse in the workplace and employment decisions.

Ms. Way also represents management clients in employment matters in state and federal court proceedings, as well as before administrative agencies such as the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Way further assists in preparing and revising employment-related documents, including handbooks, policies, and helps to prepare and conduct employee trainings.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Ms. Way was an associate at another large law firm in Boston in its labor and employment department, and before that was an Equal Justice America Fellow and legal intern for Greater Boston Legal Services. During law school, Ms. Way was an editor of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change and worked as a law student mediator for the University of Pennsylvania Mediation Clinic.

Ms. Way currently serves as pro bono general counsel for Beyond Kids Reading, an education services nonprofit in Boston. 

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  • Education

    • JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2020

    • MA, Legal Studies, Harvard University Extension School, 2019

    • BA, Philosophy, Saint Mary's University, 2016

  • Admissions

    • Massachusetts