Kirsten is an associate attorney and a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Group. Kirsten’s practice focuses on all aspects of the employment relationship, including harassment and discrimination law, disability discrimination and reasonable accommodations requests, wage and hour issues, and other employment-related legal issues. Her services for both employers and employees include evaluating exempt status of salaried employees, providing guidance on available paid and unpaid leave options, and negotiating employment contracts and separation and severance agreements. She also negotiates collective bargaining agreements with labor unions on behalf of employers and advises employers on the interpretation and application of collective bargaining agreements, including through the progressive discipline and grievance procedures.
Kirsten also works on employment-related litigation matters. She has experience providing advice to educational institutions concerning employment law and other legal issues, such as student codes of conduct and Title IX investigations. Her clients include educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and businesses.
Kirsten is a Puget Sound native with a four-year stretch spent in sunny California where she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and communication studies at the University of San Diego. Upon returning to Seattle, she attended the University of Washington School of Law, where she acted as an editorial staff member for the Washington International Law Journal, participated in the Innocence Project Northwest Legislative Advocacy Clinic, and served as the Vice President of Service for the Women’s Law Caucus. She also competed on the Vis International Arbitration Moot Court team, for which she now acts as a coach.
In her spare time, she is a regular attendee at Seattle Storm games, enjoys every type of show the local music scene has to offer, and maintains an ever-changing list of restaurant and winery recommendations.
J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 2019
Honors and Activities: Washington International Law Journal, Vis International Arbitration Moot Court Team, Women’s Law Caucus
Vice President of Service, Legislative Advocacy Clinic
B.A., University of San Diego, 2016
Political Science and Communication Studies
Dean’s List 8/8 semesters, National Society of Collegiate Scholars President, Lambda Pi Eta Communication Studies Honor Society
PROFESSIONAL & BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS
Washington State Bar Association
King County Bar Association
QLaw Association of Washington
Labor and Employment Relations Association
Curran Law Firm, 2019-2021, Associate
Seattle City Attorney’s Office, 2019, Legal Extern
Office of the Washington State Attorney General, 2018, Law Clerk
Pacifica Law Group LLP, 2017, Summer Associate
Washington Alliance For Gun Responsibility, 2016, Programs Intern