Amy L. Hemenway


Location: Buffalo
Phone: 716-844-3737
Fax: 716-853-1617

Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
  • Privacy and Data Security

Bar Admissions

  • New York


Ms. Hemenway counsels employers on a broad range of issues to assist them in complying with the various laws and regulations impacting the employer-employee relationship. She represents non-union and union employers and management in all aspects of employment and labor law, including developing and administering workplace policies, providing advice regarding discrimination and harassment, ensuring compliance with wage and hour laws, managing leaves of absence and requests for accommodation, implementing discipline and termination decisions, and conducting workplace investigations. She also counsels clients regarding employment contract disputes, including confidentiality, non-compete, and non-disclosure issues. Ms. Hemenway also works closely with the Firm’s federal contractor clients to develop affirmative action programs and provides counsel on compliance with Executive Orders and OFCCP regulations.

In addition to providing day-to-day counsel, Ms. Hemenway has also successfully represented clients in civil litigation in federal and state courts, as well as with respect to administrative proceedings and audits before federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the U.S. and N.Y.S. Departments of Labor, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and the National Labor Relations Board. Her practice also includes representing management in collective bargaining and defending grievances and arbitrations.


  • SUNY Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2001
  • SUNY Geneseo, B.A., cum laude, 1998

Court Admissions

  • New York State courts
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Western District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York
  • Central District of Illinois
  • District of Colorado
  • Previously admitted, pro hac vice, in federal courts in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Member, Erie County Bar Association
  • Member, Women Lawyers of Western New York
  • Board Member, University at Buffalo School of Law, Alumni Association, 2014 to present

Honors and Awards

  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers® 2013-2016
  • Recipient, 40 Under Forty Award, Buffalo Business First, 2011
  • Recognized by Business First of Buffalo, in August 2005 as one of Western New York's young civil litigators who has earned her distinction in her field.


  • Presenter, “Overtime Understood: How to Prepare for the New DOL Overtime Rules,” Harter Secrest & Emery LLP and The Bonadio Group, September 29, 2016

  • Presenter, "Capital Conversations: New Overtime Rules & Paid Family Leave Program," Buffalo Niagara Partnership, July 19, 2016
  • Presenter, "FLSA Overtime Exemptions - Countdown to Compliance" webinar, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, June 15, 2016
  • Quoted, "Tips for Businesses to Avoid Scams This Tax Season," Time Warner Cable News Buffalo, March 23, 2016
  • Presenter, “Managing Employee Leave Requests and Use,” Corning Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Breakfast Briefings, March 15, 2016 

  • Presenter, “Working Overtime to Prepare for DOL’s Changes to the FLSA White Collar Exemptions,” Corning Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Breakfast Briefings, February 25, 2016 
  • Presenter at seminars throughout Western New York on a variety of topics, including wage and hour issues, dealing with sick and injured employees, employee handbooks and workplace policies, and HIPAA obligations of employers.


  • Contributing author to the HSE Labor and Employment Blog