Kristin partners with employers to meet their business goals. 

Overview

Kristin helps clients protect valuable business assets, improve employee performance, implement compensation structures that work and decrease the risk of expensive litigation and potential liability.

Kristin represents health care employers, including hospitals, health care providers, medical device companies, and software companies that serve the health care industry. Kristin’s experience advising health care employers gives her insight into the special considerations that arise for employers and employees in the highly regulated health care industry.  Kristin represents medical device clients in non-competition and non-solicitation disputes, deploying her depth of knowledge regarding the marketing and sales of medical devices.  Kristin also represents health care employers in investigating harassment and misconduct allegations, as well as defending claims of discrimination.

Kristin appears in federal and state court, representing clients litigating noncompetition, nonsolicitation and trade secret disputes. She also represents employers defending wage and hour claims, and claims under federal and state nondiscrimination statutes, including in front of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR), United States Department of Labor (DOL), and other state and local agencies. Kristin also counsels clients on employment matters, including: hiring and firing (including background checks, drug and alcohol testing, employment agreements and separation agreements, noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements), managing employee requests leave and accommodations under the ADA and FMLA and the return to work and fitness for duty process. She has conducted numerous FLSA audits related to exemption status and timekeeping and pay practices, and assisted clients with reclassifying employees while minimizing risk of liability.

Kristin has a particular experience in employment issues involved when buying and selling businesses. She supports M&A lawyers to ensure the entities maintain their maximum value by protecting key talent, intellectual property and other company assets. Her advice on asset purchase agreements, stock sales and other business transactions includes assessment and mitigation of risk related to acquired workforces and employment practices, specifically drafting retention agreements for key talent, executive employment agreements, consulting agreements and enforceable non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements to protect acquired assets; she also assists with the integration of workforce and employment practices post-transaction. For clients positioning their businesses for sale, she helps maximize the purchase price and minimize other issues by establishing proper employment practices.

Prior to joining the firm, Kristin served as a law clerk to the Honorable John R. Gibson, Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. During law school, Kristin she was an intern at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Experience

Successfully represented a professional services firm and won a favorable settlement in collective and class action claims over FLSA misclassification and overtime pay, New York labor law and WARN act claims. She also conducts FLSA audits for clients and advises on reclassification.

Represented energy company in FLSA collective action relating to collectively bargained employment terms.

Obtained dismissal of qui tam claims brought against a university children’s hospital over Medicare rate reductions and reimbursements

Obtained favorable settlement of Minnesota whistleblower claims brought against a licensed chemical dependency treatment center

Defeated a motion for preliminary injunction brought by the former employer of an online marketing company for breach of noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements.

Represented a multinational insurance firm and financial services company, winning a favorable settlement of claims over misappropriation of confidential information and violation of nonsolicitation agreement.

Obtained summary judgment for a national bank in a case involving national origin discrimination, ADA violation claims, failure to accommodate and retaliation.

Kristin has an active counseling practice, helping clients with hiring and firing, employee status, leave, disability and accommodations, background checks and alcohol and drug testing. She also advises clients on employment issues in mergers and acquisitions and how to retain key talent post-transaction.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

“10 Best Practices for Managing Employees with Mental Health Conditions,” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2019

“Shifting Sands: FLSA Best Practice in Light of Recent Developments,” Minnesota CLE, July 2018

“Best Practices for Employers Amid Increasing Focus on Sex Discrimination,” Minnesota CLE, October 2017

“Human Resources Legal Update,” Association of Organ Procurement Organizations, September 2017

“Speaking and Dealing with Employees with Depression,” Minnesota CLE, September 2017

“Open Forum on FMLA,” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2017

“Open Forum on Discipline and Discharge,” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2017

Hot Topics in Employment Law (panelist), MSBA Corporate Counsel Institute, February 2017

New Sex Discrimination Guidance from OFCCP & EEOC, Minnesota CLE, October 2016

Pregnancy Discrimination Act Claims after Young v. UPS, Minnesota CLE, October 2015

Publications

“Legal Issues Affecting Supply Chain: Reducing Risk in Your Field Sales Operations,” Medical Alley Association, January 2018

"Leave and Reassignment as Reasonable Accommodations," The ADA Handbook, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2013

“Separation Agreements and Releases,” Discipline and Discharge Handbook, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2010; 2d. edition, 2014

Recognitions

Recognitions

Selected to the Minnesota Super Lawyers© Rising Stars list, 2012-2019

Honored as an Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer, 2017

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Park Square Theatre, Board of Directors

WATCH-MN, Board of Directors

Minnesota State Bar Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude

  • Order of the Coif
  • Northwestern University Law Review, Book Reviews and Essays Editor
  • Bluhm Legal Clinic, Juvenile Justice and Death Penalty Clinic

Amherst College, B.A., Political Science and Spanish, magna cum laude

  • Phi Beta Kappa
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