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.
- 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.