Kristen's litigation practice focuses exclusively on representing companies on a national scale, both in federal and state courts, with respect to a wide-range of business, commercial and employment matters. Kristen has extensive experience litigating on behalf of corporate clients involved in business and employment related disputes, including in the areas of breach of contract, fiduciary duty, wage and hour, whistleblowing, unfair competition, discrimination and harassment, trade secrets and retaliation. She has also assisted businesses with their complex litigation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution needs, and frequently handles litigation matters in the class and multi-plaintiff context, including litigating complex matters with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and addressing the intricacies of e-discovery in the federal courts.

Kristen has successfully tried business and employment cases and appeared in many state and federal courts throughout the country on behalf of corporate clients. Beyond her trial practice, Kristen is an effective and efficient advocate throughout the litigation process, securing summary judgment dismissals, discovery victories and favorable settlements for her clients. She also assists clients in navigating administrative processes and addressing challenging personnel and employment policy matters. Human Resource Executive magazine and Lawdragon named Kristen one of the nation's "Most Powerful Employment Attorneys" and Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers recognized her as a "Rising Star." Her pro bono work has also been featured in The Kansas City Star.

Before joining Shook, Kristen served as a judicial law clerk to The Hon. Scott O. Wright of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri. Kristen's experience working in the federal judiciary has provided her with a meaningful perspective on litigating employment matters, addressing complex discovery issues and trying cases in the federal courts.

Publications

Co-Author, High-Stakes EEOC Class Action Litigation in America, The International Comparative Legal Guide to Employment and Labour Law 2015 (Global Legal Group Ltd, London). 

Co-Author, High-Stakes EEOC Class Action Litigation in America, The International Comparative Legal Guide to Employment and Labour Law 2013 (Global Legal Group Ltd, London). 

Co-Author, The EEOC’s Systemic Initiative And High-Priority Enforcement Areas: Compliance Strategies For Employers, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, September 2012. 

Co-Author, Employment Class Actions in America – Implications for the Global Employer, The International Comparative Legal Guide to Employment and Labour Law 2012 (Global Legal Group Ltd, London).

Co-Author, Employment Class Actions in America – Implications for the Global Employer, The International Comparative Legal Guide to Employment and Labour Law 2011 (Global Legal Group Ltd, London).

Co-Author, Winning In Wage And Hour Litigation: Compliance, Experts And The Certification Process, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, October 2011. 

Co-Author, Social Networking in the Workplace, Employment Law Strategist, December 2009.