Karen S. Martell



B.A. with honors, Siena College, 1974
J.D., Albany Law School of Union University, 1986
(Albany Law Review member)


Karen S. Martell has concentrated her practice in the areas of public finance and employment law since her graduation from law school in 1986. She has acted as bond counsel to more than 80 municipalities and school districts throughout New York State for both public and private financings, including issues financed through the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation and the United States Department of Agriculture.

In addition, Ms. Martell has counseled various municipalities and school districts on labor and employment law issues. She was a member of the bargaining team throughout the negotiations on a school district's first teacher contract, and has prepared numerous responses to claims filed with administrative bodies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the New York State Division of Human Rights. She also has extensive experience resolving issues under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Ms. Martell has represented private employers on a variety of employment matters, including drafting and interpretation of employment contracts and handbooks, enforcement of confidentiality agreements, wrongful termination, drug testing in the workplace, unemployment disputes, compensation and benefits matters, wage and hour laws, and discrimination claims including, but not limited to, age discrimination, racial discrimination and sexual harassment.

Among Ms. Martell's clients are local school districts, municipalities, credit unions, local and regional businesses and health care providers.

Ms. Martell is admitted to practice in the State of New York and is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the National Association of Bond Lawyers, and the Society for Human Resource Management.