Kathleen (Landis) Wade


Kathleen (Landis) Wade


Phone: 207.772.1941 Fax: 207.772.3627 Email: klandis@dwmlaw.com

84 Marginal Way, Suite 600 Portland, ME 04101-2480

Assistant: Shiloh Donnell Email: sdonnell@dwmlaw.com


Kathleen Wade focuses her practice across a broad range of employment issues, advising primarily municipalities, schools, and private employers. Skilled at handling complex employment matters, Kathleen regularly appears before a variety of administrative agencies on behalf of clients.

Kathleen was drawn to employment law because she enjoys working directly with clients to help solve problems, especially assisting them to navigate complex legal issues including employee leave, compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, and conducting employment-related investigations.

Kathleen also proactively counsels her clients, staying on the leading edge of legal and regulatory developments that might affect them.  Kathleen advises across the full spectrum of employment issues including discrimination, sexual harassment, leave requests, pay issues, and employee discipline. A sought-after thought leader in the employment space, Kathleen reviews clients’ employment handbooks and policies, and delivers customized training sessions and seminars on a wide range of topics.

Kathleen was recognized as part of Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” Labor and Employment Law – Management – for her notable work. She’s also a regular contributor to the School Law Advisory and a frequent presenter at seminars and trainings.

In her free time, Kathleen enjoys spending time with her husband and their cat, baking, and walking outdoors.


Washington University in St. Louis, J.D., cum laude, 2017

Colgate University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2014


Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” – Labor and Employment Law – Management

Super Lawyers, Rising Star


Maine Bar Association

Past Presentations

From November 3, 2023 9:00 am

Maine School Business Officials 10th Annual Law Seminar

From June 20, 2023 8:00 am

The Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification Summit – June

From March 7, 2023 8:00 am

The Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification Summit – March (CA)

NNAHRA and Drummond Woodsum have joined forces to provide Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) training to HR Professionals in Indian Country

From January 10, 2023 12:00 pm

Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification VIRTUAL Summit

NNAHRA and Drummond Woodsum have joined forces to take the Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) training virtual.

From December 2, 2022 9:00 am

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Update: ADA Fundamentals and Responding to Accommodation/Leave Requests for School Employees

From October 7, 2022 9:00 am

Maine School Business Officials 9th Annual Law Seminar

From September 30, 2022 9:00 am

The FMLA Update: Maine’s New Mini-FMLA for School Employees, FMLA Fundamentals, and More!

From September 7, 2022 12:00 pm

Unpacking Today’s Complicated Leave Issues ME

From August 26, 2022 9:00 am

Maine Annual Legislative Update – ZOOM Edition

From January 28, 2022 8:30 am

Collective Bargaining During a Pandemic…Still – ZOOM Edition

From January 19, 2022 1:00 pm

A Balancing Act: The Role of the School Board Chair in Managing Their Team and in Managing Public Comment at School Board Meetings

From December 9, 2020 12:00 pm

2020 HR Year in Review and a Look Ahead at 2021

From December 8, 2020 12:00 pm

New Earned Paid Leave Law Takes Effect January 1

From October 30, 2020 8:30 am

47th Annual Maine School Management Association Conference

From October 9, 2020 12:00 pm

Maine School Business Officials 7th Annual Law Seminar

From September 9, 2020 12:00 pm

All Hands on Deck: Dealing with Employment Issues in a Pandemic

From June 10, 2020 8:30 am

HR in the Time of COVID-19

From March 11, 2020 9:00 am

Assessing and Resolving Workplace Conflict and Allegations

From December 6, 2019 12:00 pm

Collective Bargaining for School Board Members

From December 4, 2019 12:00 pm

Significant Cases and Highlights From 2019

From September 11, 2019 12:00 pm

The Levee Breaks: New Laws Flood Employers

From June 5, 2019 8:00 am

Hiring the Best Seamlessly and Without Incident: Attracting the Right Applicants, Interviewing, Onboarding, and I-9s

From March 20, 2019 8:00 am

Dealing with Reasonable Accommodation: What to do when an Employee Needs or Requests an Accommodation

From December 5, 2018 8:00 am

Looking Back at 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019

From October 18, 2018 8:00 am

5th Annual Maine School Business Officials Seminar

From September 12, 2018 12:00 pm

Workplace Investigations: Handling Employee Complaints

From June 6, 2018 8:00 am

Violence in the Workplace: Handling Threats, Identifying Risks, and Recommended Policies