Kristin Berger Parker partners with employers to meet their business goals. She helps clients protect valuable business assets, improve employee performance, implement compensation structures that work and decrease the risk of expensive litigation and potential liability.
Kristin represents employers in a variety of industries, with special focus on healthcare and technology. She serves employers ranging from hospitals and professional groups to medical device companies, providers of medical coding software, providers of 3D printing software, and cloud computing and information technology services companies.
Kristin has appeared in federal and state court, representing clients in a wide variety of employment-related litigation. Kristin has a depth of experience litigating noncompetition, nonsolicitation and trade secret disputes. She also represents employers defending wage and hour claims, and claims under federal and state nondiscrimination statutes, including in front of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR), United States Department of Labor (U.S. DOL), and other state and local agencies.
Representative litigation experience includes:
In addition to her litigation practice, Kristin has extensive experience counseling clients on employment matters, including: hiring and firing (including background checks, drug and alcohol testing, employment agreements and separation agreements, noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements), managing employee requests leave and accommodations under the ADA and FMLA and the return to work and fitness for duty process. Kristin has conducted numerous FLSA audits related to exemption status and timekeeping and pay practices, and assisted clients with reclassifying employees while minimizing risk of liability.
Kristin has also advised on employment matters related to large transactions, including assessment and mitigation of risk related to acquired workforces and employment practices, integration of workforce and employment practices post-transaction, retaining key talent, and drafting enforceable non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements to protect acquired assets.
Prior to joining Stinson Leonard Street, Kristin served as a law clerk to the Honorable John R. Gibson, Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. During law school, Kristin was an intern at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.