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Kirsten M. Eriksson


Principal
Kirsten M. Eriksson

Kirsten Eriksson represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law throughout the country. Her clients range from local businesses and non-profits to large national companies in various industries such as education, government contracting and financial services.

Kristy has represented clients in State and Federal Courts, as well as in proceedings before the EEOC, various state and local agencies, and private mediators and arbitrators. She regularly drafts non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and enforces and defends against such agreements in court. She has achieved positive results for her clients, obtaining dismissal of claims at an early stage or negotiating low-cost settlements. In addition to adversarial proceedings, Kristy regularly advises clients how best to comply with employment laws relating to employee handbooks, harassment and discrimination, training, evaluations and terminations, wage and hour issues and implementation of leave policies.  Her assistance to clients includes drafting policies, performing training and conducting internal investigations. She has conducted audits of her clients' compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, advised about the classification of employees as exempt or non-exempt, and limited exposure for unpaid overtime or equal pay. Kristy has also drafted affirmative action plans for government contractors and assisted companies with government audits of those plans. She has also litigated and published extensively on the distinction between employees and independent contractors.

In addition to her work in the labor and employment field, Kristy represents a national telecommunications company and a gas and electric utility in state and local regulatory matters relating to zoning, fees, permits and franchise rights.

Prior to joining Miles & Stockbridge, Kristy was affiliated with the New York firm of Anderson, Kill & Olick, P.C., where she was a member of the Employment and Commercial Litigation groups.

Affiliations & Recognition

Community Activities

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore: Board of Directors (2006-present), Executive Committee (2012-present), Vice-Chair (2014).

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association

  • Anne Arundel Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

  • District of Columbia Bar Association

  • Maryland State Bar Association

  • New York State Bar Association

  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Recognition

  • Maryland Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars Edition: Selected for inclusion in the area of Employment & Labor Law (2009-2010)

  • Maryland Super Lawyers®: Selected for inclusion in the area of Employment & Labor, Communications (2012); Employment & Labor (2013-2018)

  • The Daily Record: Maryland’s Top 100 Women (2017)

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Press Coverage

Publications

"Common Vacation Policies Called Into Question in Maryland," M&S Industry Alert (November 08, 2007).
"Ask Not For Whom The Whistle Blows: Avoiding Whistle Blower Retaliation Claims Under The Sarbanes-Oxley Act," Executive Legal Adviser (December 01, 2006).
"Intermittent Leave Under the Family and Medical Leave Act," Mid-Atlantic Executive Legal Advisor (September 01, 2006).
"Ask the Counsel," Mid-Atlantic Executive Legal Advisor (June 01, 2006).
"Pros and Pitfalls of Having an Employee Handbook," Executive Legal Adviser (June 01, 2006).
"The Sarbanes-Oxley Act: Client Alert," M&S Industry Alert (March 01, 2006).
"The Sarbanes-Oxley Act: Will You Be Ready When The Whistle Blows?"," M&S Industry Alert (April 01, 2005).

Speaking Engagements

"Meet the Workers," Miles & Stockbridge, Hot Topics in Employment Law 2017, Baltimore, MD (February 24, 2017).
"Miles Moments," M&S Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar, Baltimore, Maryland (February 27, 2015).
"ADA Update," M&S Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar, Baltimore, Maryland (February 27, 2015).
"Miles Moments," M&S Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar, Baltimore, Maryland (April 04, 2014).