Kristin E. Michaels focuses her practice on all aspects of labor and employment litigation and counseling. Her practice is national in scope and her clients include employers from a wide range of industries, including hospitality, media, manufacturing, telecommunications, retail, steel, health care, automotive, cable and utilities.

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  • Served as lead counsel in three class action employment lawsuits involving a national media company. Obtained a successful ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on threshold issues, resulting in plaintiffs’ agreement to dismiss the cases on company-favorable terms
  • Representing a nationwide staffing company in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)-initiated litigation; after alleging that the company discriminated against a class of minority applicants, the EEOC dropped those allegations and is seeking a nominal settlement
  • Served as lead counsel on behalf of a manufacturing company and secured a defense verdict against allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment

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  • The Best Lawyers in America 2018 to 2020, Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, fellow
  • The Legal 500 2008 and 2012 to 2015


Northwestern University School of Law, JD, 1991
Marquette University, BA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1988


US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

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Kristin E. Michaels

Insights & Events / Media

Chicago, IL / McDermott Event / October 10, 2019

Chicago, Illinois / McDermott Event / May 14 - 16, 2018

Boston, Massachusetts / Speaking Engagements / May 2, 2018

On the Subject / March 6, 2018