Kristen is a partner at the firm and the head of the firm’s Research Department. She represents the firm’s clients at labour arbitrations, administrative tribunals, and in civil court, with a special focus on judicial review applications and Charter and appellate litigation. Kristen has extensive experience working with clients in the education sector and the public sector more broadly.
Kristen provides thoughtful, strategic advice to a variety of client groups in all areas of labour and employment law. She specializes in providing strategic support on complex litigation, legal research in emerging areas, and written advocacy work. She also develops the firm’s continuing legal education program.
Kristen received her J.D. from Queen’s Faculty of Law, where she was the Dean’s Bronze Scholar in 2011. At Queen’s, Kristen was the recipient of numerous academic awards, including the Torkin Manes LLP Academic Excellence and Community Service Award, the Sack Goldblatt Mitchell Award in Labour Law, Employment Law and Human Rights, and the David Sabbath Prize in Collective Agreement Arbitration. Prior to joining UPFH, Kristen clerked at the Divisional Court and articled at a union-side labour firm in Ottawa. She has published case comments in the Education & Law Journal and has experience with community legal education.
Kristen is a member of the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers.