Kristen Sinisi, Associate

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Kristen Sinisi represents employees in employment litigation, including statutory discrimination and retaliation claims, and common-law claims arising in the workplace setting.

Prior to joining Bernabei & Kabat, Ms. Sinisi served as the Chief Law Clerk to the Honorable Dan Pellegrini at the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, where she analyzed a variety of employment issues in the appellate context. Included among these issues were tenured denials by state universities, breach of contract claims, professional licensure suspensions and revocations, labor-union/management disputes arising under collective bargaining agreements, unemployment compensation denials, and numerous civil rights matters. During her clerkship, Ms. Sinisi was an associate member of the Honorable William W. Lipsitt and Honorable James S. Bowman American Inns of Court, which focused on litigation and administrative law, respectively.

Before clerking, Ms. Sinisi was an associate at a plaintiffs’ litigation firm in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she played a key role in obtaining a seminal ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit regarding the pleading standard applicable to whistleblower complaints filed under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.  In the same case, Ms. Sinisi successfully argued before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania that SOX’s whistleblower provision applies to wholly owned subsidiaries of publicly traded companies, even with respect to action taken prior to the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and therefore afforded the complainant protection.

While practicing in Pennsylvania, Ms. Sinisi was a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice’s Board of Governors and Amicus Curiae Committee.  She also served in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s governing body, the House of Delegates, and on the Executive Council for the Commission on Women in the Profession.  Ms. Sinisi was awarded the MS Leadership Class Award for outstanding civic and business contributions to her community.

Ms. Sinisi graduated magna cum laude from the Catholic University of America in 2011, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Catholic University Law Review and as a Teaching Assistant for Federal Civil Procedure.  While in law school, Ms. Sinisi was a judicial intern for the Honorable John M. Facciola at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and was a student member of the William B. Bryant American Inn of Court.  She graduated summa cum laude from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Cook Honors College in 2008.

Ms. Sinisi is admitted to practice law in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.