Katerina Kramarchyk, an associate attorney at Harris Beach PLLC, has received the New York State Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.
The award recognizes outstanding service to the community and the legal profession by an attorney who has practiced less than 10 years and has “a distinguished record of commitment to the finest traditions of the Bar through public service and professional activities.”
A 2013 cum laude graduate of Albany Law School at Union University, Kramarchyk also received a master of business administration degree at the same time from Union University.
Kramarchyk, 34, started her legal career as an associate at Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP, followed by stints at Pullano & Farrow PLLC and Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy LLP. She has been with Harris Beach for two years.
As a litigator, Katerina provides counsel to a wide range of diverse organizations including large and small technology companies, manufacturers, banks, hospitals and health care facilities, commercial property owners, and school districts.
From a subject matter perspective, Kramarchyk has a special interest in trade secret litigation. On a more personal level, she favors working with small and medium-sized businesses. where she interacts directly with the owners and the leadership team.
“When you’re dealing with the person who is leading that type of company they’re so passionate and you can’t help but be passionate also about their business,” she said.
Kramarchyk is a member of the business and commercial litigation group at Harris Beach and deeply involved in a host of community and legal initiatives. She currently serves as diversity co-chair of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, and has held roles on the organization’s board, including the executive board, since 2018.
She has also served as a trustee to the Monroe County Bar Association for the past two years and was chair of the Young Lawyers Section for the 2020-21 year.
Kramarchyk has served as pro bono counsel for the American Board of Trial Advocates Volunteer Program, a pro bono volunteer for the Volunteer Legal Services Project, and a volunteer attorney for Rochester Teen Court.
“Kat is not only an intelligent and talented litigator, she is perhaps one of the most self-aware, engaged and driven professionals I’ve had the pleasure to work with,” said Heidi Schult Gregory, managing partner at the Rochester office of Harris Beach.
“She has innate instincts akin to someone far more seasoned, looks out for her peers and colleagues and abundantly gives back to our community. Harris Beach is so very proud of Kat and the good example she sets for our profession,” Schult Gregory said.
“She really impressed the judges with her high energy, incredible legal acumen, leadership and commitment to the community,” Gregory said.
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