Education

Northwestern University, J.D., cum laude

The Ohio State University, B.A., Communications/CAPITAL Program in International Business, summa cum laude

Admitted

Illinois

Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Environmental Law Institute

Kristin has extensive experience in environmental, health and safety matters. She is well-versed in assessing and negotiating environmental liabilities and represents lenders, bidders, targets and investors with the environmental aspects of a wide variety of transactions, including project finance, real estate development, divestitures, mergers and acquisitions. Kristin also advises public companies on environmental disclosures under U.S. securities laws.

Kristin works with manufacturing, chemical, agricultural, and other industrial and commercial clients in connection with air and water permitting, regulatory and legislative development, climate change issues, environmental audit programs, hazardous waste remediation and insurance matters. She regularly advises clients in connection with environmental compliance issues and represents them in investigations and enforcement proceedings before state and federal agencies. Kristin has recently defended clients against alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Kristin's experience extends to the energy sector where she has worked with clients in the utility, renewable energy, oil and gas exploration and production and oil field services industries. Kristin has represented utility clients in connection with EPA enforcement actions and investigations, primarily under the Clean Air Act. She has also represented clients in transactions involving renewable energy projects where the Endangered Species Act was implicated. 

In addition to environmental and energy matters, Kristin represents clients across a variety of sectors in connection with occupational safety and health inspections, employee complaints and citations. Kristin has guided clients through OSHA mediation proceedings and in contested cases before state and federal review boards, including a case where OSHA ultimately revoked its decision to enter the client into its Severe Violator Enforcement Program. Kristin’s experience includes areas such as lockout/tagout, chemical process safety management, fall hazards, and machine guarding.

Kristin joined the firm in 2013. Prior to that, Kristin practiced in the Chicago office of Jones Day.

Publications

  • Co-author, Brownfields Revitalization—A Misnomer, Real Estate Investment Journal, 2004