Kristen L. Brightmire - Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson, L.L.P.

Kristen L. Brightmire

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011

Kristen Brightmire was in-house employment counsel for CITGO Petroleum and now brings clients her unique understanding of employment laws and regulations, and how to counsel executives faced with litigation decisions.  Representing companies in the manufacturing, utility, retail, insurance, paper and other industries, she quickly evaluates the legal risk and assesses the company’s risk tolerance, staffing, the local legal environment, and more.

As head of Doerner’s Employment Law Practice Group, Kristen’s practice is divided.  As a litigator, Kristen represents employers in defending against employment claims including Title VII, FMLA, ADEA, ADA, FLSA, OADA, as well as state law contract, tort and breach theories.  In her transactional practice, Kristen assists employers with severance agreements, RIF programs, employee handbooks and policies, trade secret agreements, non-solicitation agreements and employment contracts.  Kristen also regularly trains and counsels employers on issues such harassment, drug and alcohol testing, hiring, firing, discipline, wage and hour issues, retaliation, discrimination and accommodation.

Kristen was raised in a family of small business owners, learning about individual responsibility and running a business.  She was in private practice with Doerner representing employers for over a decade before she left to join CITGO. Each person being the sum of one’s experiences, Kristen strives to bring those experiences to her practice – to understand each client’s needs and provide counsel and communication in a way that allows that client to make decisions that are best for its business.

Representative Experience

  • Represented manufacturing company in defeating wage and hour class action
  • Represented national paper company in pattern and practice age discrimination question before the Tenth Circuit Represents national retailers in a myriad of employment-related lawsuits in Oklahoma and Arkansas federal courts
  • Represented company in a dispute involving trade secrets and the doctrine of inevitable disclosure
  • Represented insurance company in successfully defending against claims of breach of a stock purchase agreement and of an employment agreement
  • Assist clients on negotiation of severance agreements
  • Represents multiple utility companies in grievance arbitrations as well as employment litigation
  • Regularly train and counsel clients on day-to-day employee issues, e.g., complaints of sexual harassment, FMLA, wage and hour, drug and alcohol testing, etc.

Office Location

Williams Center Tower II, Suite 700
Two West Second Street
Tulsa, OK 74103-3117
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Labor and Employment of the Tulsa Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Labor and Employment of the Tulsa Metro Area
Kristen L. Brightmire has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Kristen L. Brightmire has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Employment Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment