A native of Albany, New York, Catherine M. Hedgeman is a magna cum laude graduate of Union College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with Department Honors, in 1996. After college, Catherine pursued a career in government relations on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, then decided to return to her hometown to attend law school. Catherine received a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School in 2000 where she was an associate editor of The Albany Law Review and was awarded the Dominick Gabrielli award for excellence in Appellate Moot Court. After graduation, Catherine practiced in several of New York’s prestigious law firms as an associate and lobbyist.
She is admitted to practice before the courts in the State of New York, U.S. District Courts, Northern District of New York and Southern District of New York. Ms. Hedgeman is also admitted to practice before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the U.S District Court, District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, and the Capital District Women’s Bar Association.
In January of 2007, Ms. Hedgeman opened her firm, the Law Office of Catherine M. Hedgeman, in Albany. She specializes in Real Estate, Land Use/Development & Zoning, Commercial Law, Corporate Law and Government Relations. The firm’s clients include individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations and municipalities.
Awards and Honors
Some of Ms. Hedgeman's professional awards and honors include:
- 2002 Gabrielli Memorial Award for commitment, dedication, support and volunteerism to the Moot Court Program at Albany Law School.
- 2005 Capital District Business Review 40 Under 40 Award.
- 2005 Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce Women of Excellence Award for the Emerging Professional.
- Appointed to the New York State Young Leaders Congress by the Spitzer administration to advise on economic development issues pertaining to the attraction and retention of young people in New York, and how to build sustainable communities.
- Featured in the March 2008 edition of Success Magazine.
- Featured in O Magazine’s November 2008 issue as one of 80 women who received a Women’s Leadership Award for her work on economic development issues, philanthropy and volunteerism.
- 2008 Woman of Distinction Award: Junior Trailblazer from the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York.
- In 2010, Ms. Hedgeman was appointed to the New York State Commission on National and Community Service by Governor Patterson.
Ms. Hedgeman has lectured extensively on various legal topics including law firm marketing, young lawyer practice management and the SEQRA (State Environmental Quality Review Act), the legal and financial fiduciary duties of nonprofits, nonprofit mergers and dissolution and governance of New York State and Local Public Authorities.
Making a difference in the community is at the heart of the Law Office of Catherine M. Hedgeman, and Ms. Hedgeman has particularly focused on encouraging local professionals to lend their unique talents to areas of need. In 2004, Ms. Hedgeman founded GenNEXT, a business council of the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce for business professional ages 23-40. As chair of the council, she focused on preventing the Capital Region’s “brain drain” and on providing meaningful networking and business opportunities for young professionals. In September of 2007, Ms. Hedgeman founded The Stakeholders. The Mission of The Stakeholders is to “empower people to stake their claim in the future of their community.”
Over the past ten years, Catherine has served on a number of civic and nonprofit board of directors including:
- The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District Public Relations Committee
- Albany- Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce
- The Center For Economic Growth
- The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
Also, Ms. Hedgeman served on the board of the Tech Valley Civic Forum, which involved stakeholders from all sectors – business, government, nonprofit and education — in creating the vision for Tech Valley. As a member of the forum, Catherine assisted in creating a Community Progress Report with key indicators of the quality of life and community well-being in the Capital Region. The Report focused on the human side of economic development and included indicators reflecting critical social, environmental and economic factors affecting the community’s well-being and long term sustainability.