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Katharine J. Neer

Katharine J. Neer assists clients on New York State legislative and regulatory issues. Specifically, Katie works with the financial services industry on regulatory compliance issues, including compliance with cybersecurity rules and various labor issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Katie served as Assistant Secretary for General Government and Financial Services in the New York State Governor’s Office. At the Governor’s office, Katie was a member of the state operations team overseeing policy and operations for six agencies: the Department of Financial Services (DFS); the State Insurance Fund; the Department of State; the Department of Tax and Finance; the Office of General Services; and the Gaming Commission. During her time in the Governor’s Office, Katie was responsible for negotiating and overseeing the implementation of several key policy initiatives, including Paid Family Leave, Ride-Share, and the DFS’s cybersecurity regulations.



  • Assistant Secretary for General Government and Financial Services, Office of New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, 2014-2017
  • Legislative Representative, The Capitol Group, LLC, 2009-2011
  • Student Honors Program, Enforcement Division, Trial Unit, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 2014
  • Legal Intern, Office of Government Relations, Time Warner Cable, Inc., 2013
  • Legislative Intern, U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, 2008
  • Legislative Intern, New York State Assemblymember William Colton, 2008

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Administrative / Regulatory Law; Government Relations Practice, 2021
  • Selected, City & State, "Albany 40 Under 40 Rising Stars," 2018
  • Board Member, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, 2016-Present


  • J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, 2014
    • Lead Articles Editor, Syracuse Law and Civic Engagement Review
    • Vice President and Co-Founder, St. Thomas More Legal Society
  • M.P.A., Public Administration and Policy, magna cum laude, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at University at Albany, 2011
  • B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, State University of New York at Albany, 2009
    • Recipient, SUNY Chancellor’s Award of Excellence
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