Kathryn Speaker MacNett


(717) 231-5237

  • Labor and Employment for businesses
  • Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations
  • Administrative Law


  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • Board Member, James A. Finnegan Fellowship Foundation
  • Board Member, LawPact
  • Member, Board of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority of Harrisburg
  • Member, Labor Employment Research Association, Central PA Chapter
  • Member, Harrisburg Chapter of Legatus


Kathy Speaker MacNett focuses her practice on assisting businesses with the burgeoning web of labor/employment laws/regulations and audits, and related legislative and regulatory developments. Her practice combines practical preventive approaches to labor relations matters and representation of employers before federal and state administrative agencies and courts. Kathy utilizes her personal experience in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of state government to gain effective results for her clients. She represents public and private sector employers in a wide range of labor and employment law matters including wage and hour compliance (both state and federal), workers’ and unemployment compensation, FMLA, prevailing wage disputes, discrimination complaints, restrictive covenant enforcement, handbook and policy preparation, unfair labor practices, union organizational defenses, collective bargaining negotiations, strikes, injunction and contempt proceedings.

Prior to joining Mette, Evans Woodside, Kathy was a managing member at SkarlatosZonarich LLC; a shareholder with the Harrisburg office of Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C. and associated with the law firm of Baskin, Flaherty, Elliott & Beren. She also served as the Research Director to the Labor Relations Committee, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, clerk to the late Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, Honorable Roy Wilkinson, and Assistant Counsel to the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.


  • Dickinson School of Law, now Penn State, J.D.
  • St. Francis College, M.A. (Industrial Relations)
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.G.A. (Government Administration)
  • Immaculata College, now University, B.A. cum laude

Articles & Media

  • Contributing Author for numerous years to BNA publications on:
    • Fair Labor Standards Act
    • The Family Medical Leave Act
    • Wage and Hour Law: A state-by-State Survey
    • Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
    • Contributing Author for AACR Publication: Model Policies and Forms for Pennsylvania Employers
    • Contributing Author to numerous trade publication
  • Reported Cases:
    • D&H Distrib. v. Thumma,13 A.3d 987 (Pa. Super. 2010)(Restrictive covenant enforcement affirmed without opinion).
    • CEC Credits OnLine v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, 946 A.2d 1162 (Pa. Comm. Ct. 2008), petition for allowance of appeal denied (2009)(Worker was a bona fide independent contractor, not an employee).
    • Kraus v. Howroyd-Wright Employment Agency, Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1254, Civil Action 06-975 (E.D. Pa. Jan. 8, 2008).
    • Boyds Collection, Ltd. v. Stephen C. Chambliss, et. al, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13901. (M.D. Pa. 2005).