Kristine L. Roberts - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Kristine L. Roberts

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2014

Kristine L. Roberts is a shareholder in the Memphis office. An experienced business and commercial litigator, she has handled numerous trial and appellate cases in federal and state courts, as well as in private arbitrations. Ms. Roberts' focus is on banking and financial institutions litigation, and she has represented her clients in a wide variety of cases, including breach of contract actions, fraud claims, breach of fiduciary duty cases, mortgage-related litigation, bank deposit claims, securities matters, derivative actions and consumer class action matters.

Princeton UniversityAB 1996Harvard Law SchoolJ.D. 2001
ABA Section of LitigationAssociation of Women Attorneys American, Tennessee, and Memphis Bar Associations Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court (2005 – 2008, 2012 – present) ABA Section of Litigation's Litigation News (2013 – present); Editorial Board Member (2007 – present)

Case History

Recent Representative Matters
  • Obtained defense verdict in a breach of contract action tried to a jury in federal court in which the plaintiff had sought $2 million in earnout payments allegedly due under an asset purchase agreement.
  • Prevailed on a motion for summary judgment and successfully argued for affirmance on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in a case arising out of the disposition of a business unit in which former employees claimed $2.4 million in damages for the alleged breach of a payment agreement.
  • Successfully moved to dismiss shareholder derivative action against a corporation and its officers and directors, in which the plaintiff claimed breach of fiduciary duty and mismanagement relating to allegedly high-risk and fraudulent banking practices, and defended dismissal order at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
  • Won a directed verdict motion in a bench trial of a malicious prosecution action and successfully defended verdict at the Tennessee Court of Appeals.
  • Served as lead counsel for a mortgage company in a case before the Tennessee Court of Appeals in which the Court held that there is no private right of action to enforce the Home Affordable Modification Program.
  • Defended a financial institution in federal court action alleging violations of federal and state securities laws, commercial bribery, and aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duties.

Office Location

First Tennessee Building, Suite 2000
165 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Municipal