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Kimberly Dougherty

Justice Law Collaborative, LLC
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Kimberly Dougherty
Justice Law Collaborative, LLC
North Easton,

Kimberly (“Kim”) Dougherty knew from an early age that she wanted to help people. She volunteered for Big Brother Big Sister in college and quickly became passionate about issues facing women, children and those in need. Kim then earned a Master’s degree in Social Work and worked in child protective services on a disciplinary team of lawyers and social workers in the Manhattan Family Courts. Soon after, she recognized that many people needed more than social work services. They needed a legal advocate. That’s when she decided to become an attorney.

Kim’s law practice quickly turned to the people who needed the help most: ones severely injured and harmed by corporations and institutions that put profits before people. Today, she is a leading attorney in complex pharmaceutical, medical device mass tort, personal injury, sexual assault and civil rights litigation, regularly lecturing nationwide on these topics and receiving Court appointments to lead litigations across the country. Kim has obtained multiple millions of dollars in settlements on behalf of thousands of clients against big corporations and institutions, and worked hard to also attain non-economic change to protect people in the future, including through FDA warnings, legislative change, creating healing funds, procedure and policy change and more. To Kim her work is about her clients and their healing and about justice, in every shape and form.

In 2021, Kim co-founded Justice Law Collaborative to help provide trauma informed legal services to those who need it most. Prior to founding Justice Law Collaborative, Kim served as a partner and the Managing Attorney of the Boston office of two separate nationwide law firms for many years. She is a volunteer advocate as President of the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association and current President of National Women Trial Lawyers, and has regularly testified at the State House on laws to protect the rights of women and children, and lobbying legislators on those laws. She leads litigations across the country and has regularly lectured on various torts, a trauma-informed approach to assault cases, as well as the importance of increasing gender diversity in the judiciary and elected office. Kim is an experienced and fierce advocate, ready to help you with dedication and compassion to your cause.


• The National Trial Lawyers as Top 25 Mass Tort Lawyers 2016-date

• The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2014-date

• The National Trial Lawyers Top Women Trial Lawyers 2017-date

• Lawyer of the Year (2014) – Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

• Top Women of Law – Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – 2013

• Top 25 Rising Star – Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – 2008

• The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 2013-2016

• Massachusetts Super Lawyers® 2017-date

• Massachusetts Super Lawyers®–Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts

• Massachusetts Super Lawyers® “New England Rising Star” 2009-2016.

• President’s Award – Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys for contributions on gender equity issues in the profession in both 2014 and 2015


The Litigation Counsel of America 2016-date

The National Trial Lawyers, President of Women Trial Lawyers 2018-date

American Association for Justice Co-Chair/Vice-President of Sexual Assault Group 2018-date

American Association for Justice Co-Chair of Essure Litigation Group 2016-date

American Association for Justice Board Member/Revitalization Chair 2014-2016

President of Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts 2015-2016

Executive Board of Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts 2011-2017

Board Member and Chair of Gala of Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts 2009-2018

Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers Executive Committee Member 2016-2019

Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers Board Member 2009-2018

Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers – Women’s Caucus Chair 2009-2018

Easton Tiger Youth Lacrosse – Boys’ Coach and Co-Director 2015-date


Massachusetts, 2003

USDC for the District of MA, 2004

United States Supreme Court, 2014


Northeastern University School of Law

J.D. 2003, legal writing teacher’s assistant, law, culture and difference advisor, domestic violence clinic

Columbia University

M.S. 2000, Social Work

Clark University

B.S. 1998 magna cum laude, highest honors, phi beta kappa, fiat lux



September 2018- “Help Stop Human Trafficking through Civil Litigation” - Trial Lawyer Magazine

March 2014- “Gender Equity in the Law” -Trial Magazine

June 2010- “Knock Down Generic Drug Makers’ Defenses” - Trial Magazine


December 2020- Sexual Assault Cases – Navigating During Covid America’s Association for Justice

October 2020- Litigating Institutional Sexual Assault Cases – Clergy, Schools, Boy Scouts and more-Mass Torts Made Perfect – Virtual Live

September 2020- Litigating Sexual Assault and Abuse Cases – Strategies for Handling Unique Challenges -Harris Martin – Virtual Live

February 2020- The Power of Trauma: Serving Clients via Trauma-Informed Lawyering/ Emotional Costs of Working with Clients Suffering Trauma American Association for Justice – Women’s Leadership Summit

February 2020- Sexual Abuse and Trafficking Cases -Masters of Mass Torts

January 2020- Sexual Assault Cases – Holding Institutions Responsible -Harris Martin

January 2020- Litigating Sexual Assault Cases – Trauma Informed Approach. Women’s Leadership Summit- National Trial Lawyers Association

January 2020- The Challenges Involving Mediating Both the Liability and Coverage Pieces Together- Perrin Conferences

December 2019- MDL Conference – Human Trafficking- Harris Martin

April and October 2019- Litigating Sexual Assault Cases – Trauma Informed Approach -Mass Torts Made Perfect

March 2019- Current Issues in MDLs and Class Action Conference -W.D. Missouri US Courts Conference

January 2019- Litigating Essure Cases- Masters of Mass Torts

October 2018- Women’s Issues in Litigation Conference – Co-Chair and Speaker Harris Martin

April and October 2018-Litigating Sexual Assault Cases; Ending Human Trafficking -Mass Torts Made Perfect

July 2018- Diversity on the Trial Team-America’s Association for Justice

June 2018- MDL RoundTable – plaintiff, defense and judges -Emory MDL Institute

May 2018- Representing Survivors of Sexual Assault- Harris Martin

May 2018- Emerging Areas of Mass Tort Litigation- HB Litigation Conference

March 2018- Sexual Assault Cases involving Students and Athletes -Harris Martin

February 2018- Representing Students in Sexual Assault Cases – Title IX American Association for Justice – Webinar

January 2018- Latest Defense Strategies in Mass Tort Litigation -Masters of Mass Torts

January 2018- Essure Litigation update-Masters of Mass Torts

November 2017-Women in Litigation- Cross Border Litigation-American Bar Association

September 2017- MDL Conference – Hernia Mesh and Orthopedic Devices. Harris Martin – Co-chair and speaker

June 2017-Women Lawyers Leading Cases in the Courtroom-Women’s Bar Association

March 2017-Mass Tort Med School and Class Actions- HB Litigation Conference

February 2017- Importance of Diversity on the Trial Team -Southern Trial Lawyers Conference

2016, 2017- Women’s Health Litigation Conference-Harris Martin Conference – Co-Chair

2017- Hernia Mesh Litigation Update Harris Martin Conference – Co-Chair

2016, 2017- Essure Litigation update-American Association for Justice Hot Topics

2016, 2017-Essure Litigation update-Mass Torts Made Perfect Conference

April 2016-Open Remarks: Picking the Right Team – Importance of Inclusion of Women-Mass Torts Made Perfect Conference

April and October 2012-2015-Transvaginal Mesh Litigation Update-Mass Torts Made Perfect Conference, Las Vegas, NV

September 2014-The Power of Gender Equity in the Law-Vanderbilt University School of Law

May 2014-2016-The Power of Gender Equity in the Law-Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys Annual Conference

July 2015-The Power of Gender Equity in the Law-American Association for Justice Annual Convention

January 2015-The Power of Gender Equity in the Law-National Trial Lawyers Summit

October 2015-Volkswagen Emissions-Mass Torts Made Perfect Conference

September 2015-Going Local: Why It’s Important to Get Involved in Your Local Bar Association-Women En Mass Aspen Retreat

September 2014- Ethical Rules of Aggregate Settlement and Lien Resolution-Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys

May 2014-Mass Torts for the Masses- MCLE Annual Tort Conference

May 2014-Daubert Challenges Panel Discussion Defense – Conference

April 2014-Speed Networking-Northeastern University School of Law: Women in the Law Conference

June 2013-Trials Facing Women Litigators and Tips for Success -Women’s Bar Association Panel

April 2009-Work Life Balance Panel- Northeastern University School of Law, Women in the Law Conference


03/17/2021 Past abuse detailed in Kurn Hattin hearing

03/17/2021 Vt. lawmakers consider reforms in wake of Westinster boarding school abuse allegations

11/06/2020 State board punts Kurn Hattin probe to ed agency

10/21/2020 Kim Dougherty: State must put an end to child sexual abuse at Kurn Hattin

09/17/2020 Vermont boarding school surrenders license following investigation of abuse allegations

07/02/2020 Claims of Past Abuse Surface at Kurn Hattin

07/01/2020 Abuse Survivors Take Action to Hold Kurn Hattin Homes for Children Accountable for Decades of Abuse

09/11/2019 7Investigates: Alleged Sex Trafficking in Local Hotels

03/14/2019 Nassar Accusers Sue U.S. Olympic Committee for Failing to Prevent Sexual Assault

02/07/2019 Nassar survivor on USAG bankruptcy hearing: This was one big “I don’t know”

01/06/2019 Kevin Spacey head to Nantucket court for sex assault arraignment

06/01/2018 USAG Bans Richard Carlson

06/01/2018 USAG bans coach in case it elected to keep rather than turning over to SafeSport

11/24/2015 Loophole Leaves Patients Who Take Generic Drugs with Limited Legal Options

11/01/2015 Kim Dougherty ’98 brought law to the lab

10/30/2015 I-Team Generic Drug Legal Loophole Puts Patients At Risk

05/20/2015 Settlement reached in NECC victims case

05/19/2015 New $200M Settlement Proposed In NECC Meningitis Outbreak

03/06/2015 Tainted Drugs Settlement Fund Grows to $210 Million

2015 MA Lawyer’s Weekly – Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year Award: Kimberly A. Dougherty

12/18/2014 Lawyer Says Victims of Meningitis Outbreak Relieved by Arrests (NPR radio interview)

12/17/2014 Arrests Made In NECC Meningitis Outbreak Investigation (@ 1:45 in the first video)

12/17/2014 U.S. Attorney on New England Compounding Center case: Meningitis Outbreak was 'unprecedented national tragedy'

12/17/2014 Mixed Emotions for Meningitis Victims Following NECC Arrests

10/16/2014 NECC Pharmacist Charge in Criminal Investigation

09/04/2014 NECC Pharmacist Facing New Charges (@ 1:08)

09/04/2014 Meningitis Outbreak That Killed 64 Leads to First Arrest

06/19/2014 Radio Enterprise Podcast Interview of Kimberly A. Dougherty

05/06/2014 It's Official: Fungal Meningitis Victims to Share $100 Million Settlement, Attorneys with Janet, Jenner & Suggs Announce

02/17/2014 Podcast: Kimberly Dougherty on Judge Saylor’s recusal from NECC meningitis case

02/07/2014 Massachusetts Lawyers Podcast – Kimberly Dougherty on Judge Saylor’s Recusal from NECC Meningitis Case

12/25/2013 Massachusetts meningitis case victims hope for charges

11/25/2013 Meningitis victims hope for criminal charges against compounding pharmacy

12/21/2012 Mass. firm in meningitis case eyes bankruptcy help

12/06/2012 Meningitis victims can likely inspect pharmacy

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