Kristen represents public and private sector labor unions in arbitrations, before the National Labor Relations Board and the Public Employment Relations Commission, and in state court. Her work in the labor movement began in organizing, and she particularly enjoys representing unions in internal and external organizing campaigns. Recently, a portion of her practice has involved Public Records Act cases, where she has successfully obtained temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions for union clients. Kristen also accepts immigration cases for individuals and families seeking to obtain or maintain immigration status in the U.S.
Before joining the firm, Kristen worked at a labor union and at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP). She headed NWIRP’s citizenship unit, and represented people in removal proceedings and with applications for immigration benefits, including complex naturalization cases, family visas, U visas, asylum, and VAWA self-petitions. She is a NWIRP pro bono attorney and serves on NWIRP’s Board of Directors.
Kristen is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is licensed to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Kristen was named a Washington Law and Politics Rising Star from 2002-2004. She received her JD from the University of Washington and her AB Magna Cum Laude with High Honors from Mount Holyoke College.
Outside of work, Kristen spends time with her partner (a public school teacher active in his union) and her two children (students in southeast Seattle public schools).