Kathleen M. Guilfoyle





B.A., cum laude, Harvard University
J.D., Northeastern University School of Law


New Hampshire
Rhode Island


U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court, District of Vermont
U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island
U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit


Aviation / Aerospace

Material Handling

Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices


Transportation / Trucking


Aviation Litigation

Directors’ and Officers’ Liability

Employment Litigation

Environmental Litigation

Insurance Defense

Legal Malpractice

Mass Disasters

Medical Malpractice

Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices

Premises Liability

Products Liability Defense

Professional Liability


Kathleen M. Guilfoyle focuses her practice on aviation defense, products liability and drug and medical device defense.

Kathy represents several airlines, airport authorities, manufacturers, ground handling companies and airport and airline contractors in cases pending throughout the state and federal courts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont. This litigation includes the defense of claims involving personal injury, premises liability, the Air Carrier Access Act, discrimination, kidnapping and general commercial litigation. Kathy successfully argued motions for summary judgment under the Montreal Convention and other treaties. Kathy and her firm represent one of the non-carrier airlines in the litigation pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York arising out of the terrorist attacks of September 11th. In this litigation, she also worked on responding to requests for information from the Kean Commission, and participated in non-public witness interviews of various airline personnel by Kean Commission staffers. Kathy was a presenter at multiple ACI Aviation Conferences in Boston.

In addition to those in the automotive and commercial trucking industries, Kathy has handled a variety of cases involving such diverse products as printing presses, heaters, toys, food and medication. She has also handled the defense of various environmental claims for fuel suppliers involving 21E claims, releases, propane tank explosions and faulty regulators.

Kathy was selected as a Top Woman of Law for 2011 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Kathy has served on the Board of Directors of the International Aviation Womens Association since 2007. She was elected a National Director of DRI at the Annual Meeting in October 2012 and will serve a three-year term. Kathy is listed in Who’s Who Legal International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers. Kathy was elected Director of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence in January 2014 and will serve a three year term.

Representative Experience:

  • International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA)
    • Board of Directors, 2007-Present
    • Vice President, Next Generation
    • Executive Vice President and Secretary, 2014-2016
    • Vice President, Membership, 2012-2014
    • Vice President, Annual Conference, 2010-2012
    • Treasurer, 2007-2010
  • DRI
    • DRI Board of Directors, National Director, 2012-Present
    • Women in the Law Committee
    • Drug and Medical Device Committee, Board Liaison, 2015-Present
    • DRI Membership Committee, 2007-2012
    • Judicial Task Force, Chair, 2014-Present
    • Committee Engagement Committee, Chair, 2015-Present
    • Jury Service Task Force, Vice Chair, 2010
    • Lawyers Professionalism and Ethics Committee, Vice Chair, 2003-2005, Chair, 2005 – 2007
    • External Policy Group, 2015
    • Diversity Scholarship Committee, 2013
    • Issues and Advocacy Committee, 2012-Present
    • Non-Dues Revenue Task Force, 2013
    • Committee Memberships, Women in the Law, Drug and Medical Device, Aviation Products, Commercial Litigation, Lawyers Professionalism and Ethics
  • National Foundation for Judicial Excellence
    • Board of Directors, 2014-Present
    • Development Committee
    • NFJE Judicial Liaison, Massachusetts, 2015
  • The Harmonie Group
    • Vice Chair, Aviation Practice Committee, 2009 – 2012
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
    • Speaker at CLE Programs
  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association

  • Voted a Top Woman in Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer, 2006, 2013 – 2018
  • Who’s Who Legal Transport: Aviation Contentious