40 Under 40 The Class of 2010

Kimberly Klimczuk

Kimberly Klimczuk: 32

Attorney and Partner, Royal & Klimczuk, LLC

Helping people is the motivation behind Kimberly Klimczuk’s professional and personal accomplishments.

She co-owns, with attorney Amy Royal, a Northampton law firm that specializes in labor and employment law. And although Klimczuk represents businesses, such as Troy Industries, which manufactures small-arms components, “there are people behind all of these companies who are trying to follow employment laws and want to do the right thing,” she said. “We develop ongoing relationships with our clients, and there is more of a human connection than people might think.”

As a child, Klimczuk loved the TV shows LA Law and Law & Order. She grew up in a blue-collar family, was the first in that family to graduate from a four-year college, and discovered she wanted to pursue labor and employment law after a stint with a law firm.

Today, Klimczuk uses her expertise on the job and for a number of organizations that benefit people. She has been has been a judge for the Mass. Bar Assoc. mock-trial competition for high-school students, and volunteers for the Dial a Lawyer program.

“I like to share the knowledge I have gained. It is of use to a lot of people,” she said. “Having legal knowledge opens a lot of doors, and I like to help people when I can.”

She has volunteered for the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program since she was in law school, and is secretary of the board for the Gandara Center, a board member of the Hartford Penn Club, and a mentor for the Pioneer Valley Girl Scouts Lawyers of Tomorrow program.

Klimczuk serves on the board of the Hampden County Bar Assoc., helps organize the annual luncheon it sponsors for Open Pantry’s Loaves and Fishes Kitchen, and recently joined the board of Aditus Inc., which provides employment and residential support to people with developmental disabilities.

She is also proud to be part of a female-owned law firm. “Labor and employment law is something that affects everyone, and I really enjoy it.”—Kathleen Mitchell