A Determined Advocate for Consumers and Homeowners
A partner in Lieff Cabraser's San Francisco office, Kristen represents consumers and homeowners in consumer protection and defective product cases.
Kristen and Lieff Cabraser received recognition in The National Law Journal’s Plaintiffs’ Hot List for their outstanding success in Grays Harbor Adventis Christian School v. Carrier Corp. The case resulted in a settlement worth $300 million for consumers who had purchased certain Carrier furnaces that were allegedly made with inferior materials that caused them to fail prematurely.
A skilled negotiator, Kristen has resolved multiple defective product class actions without the assistance of a mediator. She currently represents consumers who purchased high-end refrigerators, dishwashers, and other appliances that consistently break-down or fail to operate as advertised.
Beyond her consumer protection practice, Kristen brings her legal expertise to a number of volunteer activities. Kristen has received more than 40 hours of accredited mediation training and has served as a volunteer mediator at Contra Costa Superior Court, successfully mediating small claims and landlord-tenant cases.
In addition, Kristen has been a guest lecturer on class action law at UC Berkeley and has taught the Contracts for Paralegals course offered at California State University’s East Bay campus. She served as a moot court coach for Thurgood Marshall High School from 2006-2008, and since 2010, she has been co-chair of the Boalt Consumer Law Alumni Group.
Kristen is the past President of the Board of Directors of About-Face, a San Francisco nonprofit dedicated to equipping girls and young women with the tools to resist negative messages in the media, particularly as they relate to body image.
Kristen currently sits on the Board of Directors of California Women Lawyers, where she serves as Co-chair of the membership committee. She also sits on the Board of the Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP) of the Bar Association of San Francisco. VLSP provides pro bono legal and related social services to underserved San Francisco residents, communities, and organizations that serve those communities.
Kristen has been recognized as a "Rising Star for Northern California” by Super Lawyers for the past four years. In 2012, she was recognized as one of 50 California lawyers “On the Fast Track” by The Recorder.