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Wende J. Knapp


phone: 585-231-1205
fax: 585-232-2152
location: Rochester
email: wknapp@hselaw.com

Practice Areas

  • Higher Education
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation

Bar Admission

  • New York

Professional Experience

Wende is an Associate in the Labor and Employment practice group focusing on a broad range of labor and employment law matters involving both litigation and counseling. More specifically, she advises and assists employers on establishing policies and practices, as well as issues surrounding employee hiring, discipline and termination, and leave issues related to FMLA, ADA, USERRA and Workers’ Compensation. Wende also represents clients with all matters involving state and federal employment claims including, but not limited to, discrimination, wage and hour violations, EEOC and Human Rights investigations, and restrictive covenants.

Prior to law school, Wende spent a decade at Xerox Corp. leading various of the company’s international public relations teams in Toronto, London, and Developing Markets to include Eastern Europe, the Middle East & Africa, India, Russia, and Central and South America.


  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 2010
  • Seton Hall University, M.A., 2006
  • Canisius College, B.A., 1993

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court, Western District of New York; Appellate Division, Fourth Department
  • Previously admitted pro hac vice, in United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Chair, Young Lawyers Section of the Monroe County Bar Association
  • Board Member, Women’s Council
  • Board Member of the Women’s Initiative, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western New York
  • Member, Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys
  • President, Rockingham East Block Club
  • Board Member, SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association - Rochester Steering Committee & CLE Chairperson
  • Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build
  • Member, Monroe County Bar Association
  • Mentor, Lawyers for Learning

Honors and Awards

  • 2011 Class of Rochester Business Journal’s Forty Under 40
  • ABA BNA Award of Excellence in Intellectual Property Law
  • Joseph E. Pepperone Scholarship Recipient
  • Editor-in-Chief, Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal
  • Wechsler Moot Court Competition Team
  • “Best Oralist” in Wechsler Moot Court Try-Out Competition

Speaking Engagements

  • SUNY Buffalo Law School
  • Monroe County Bar Association

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