Amy L. Hemenway

  • Buffalo
  • 716.844.3737
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Amy 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. Amy 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, Amy 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.


  • Member, Erie County Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Board Member, University at Buffalo School of Law, Alumni Association, 2014-Present


  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list, 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


  • Quoted, "Breaking down new family-leave benefits," Buffalo Business First, May 11, 2017
  • Quoted, "Tips for Businesses to Avoid Scams This Tax Season," Time Warner Cable News Buffalo, March 23, 2016


  • Contributing author to the HSE Labor and Employment Blog


  • Presenter, “Employee Handbooks Should be Living Documents, Not Cookie Cutter,” Harter Secrest & Emery’s Labor and Employment Law Conference, April 5, 2017
  • Presenter, “Revisions to the EEO-1 Reporting Requirements to Include Compensation Data,” Harter Secrest & Emery’s Labor and Employment Law Conference, April 5, 2017
  • Presenter, “Q&A Sessions About the Delayed Federal Overtime Rules,” Teleconference, November 23 & 28, 2016
  • 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
  • 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.



  • New York
  • New York State courts
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. 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


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