Kristine is an accredited attorney through the Veterans Administration and the chair of the firm’s Veterans Initiative. In addition to representing veterans against the VA, she is a seasoned litigator who focuses on complex and specialized litigation, including claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, class actions, and appeals. She also has significant experience with litigation involving life insurance, disability, and retirement benefits. Kristine is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and has argued on her clients’ behalf in federal courts around the country and the state courts in Ohio, DC, Virginia, and West Virginia. Kristine represents corporate clients and individuals on a wide range of subject matters and thoroughly enjoys the research and writing required to make the most persuasive legal arguments on their behalf.
Kristine is the firm’s designated attorney for e-discovery issues and dedicates time to issues affecting working mothers as part of the firm's Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee.
Before entering practice, Kristine worked for the United States House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services and finds her experience with the legislative branch to be extremely helpful in litigation when complex statutes are involved. She also clerked for two different judges in the Virginia state court system at the trial and appellate levels and maintains strong relationships with them to date. Her clerkships gave her a solid springboard into the world of litigation that she entered immediately following her clerkship with the Court of Appeals of Virginia. Kristine worked for a smaller litigation boutique and a large law firm’s litigation practice in Washington, DC before moving to Cincinnati.
Kristine graduated cum laude from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University in Virginia. She was selected to represent the school at the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court tournament and wrote an award-winning brief for the competition during her third year. From that point on, Kristine has focused on the craft of legal writing and regularly attends seminars and training sessions to hone her writing skills. She views writing legal arguments as similar to the singing and piano playing she enjoys in her free time - requiring a lot of practice but with the final product unquestionably worth the effort.
Originally from Virginia, Kristine and her husband live at Castle Maher in Anderson, Ohio with their little prince, Leo.
University of Maryland, B.S., cum laude, Government and Politics with a minor in Italian Language and Culture, 2005 - Phi Beta Kappa – College Park Scholars in the Arts
Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, J.D., cum laude, 2010 – Moot Court Board National Competition Team – Associate Editor, Civil Rights Law Journal
Ohio Super Lawyers - 2021
National Organization of Veterans Advocates - Member;
Federalist Society – Member
- Commonwealth of Virginia
- District of Columbia
- State of Ohio
- Veterans Administration
- U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court – Western District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court – District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court – District of Maryland
- U.S. District Court - Southern District of Ohio
- Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States Supreme Court
- Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
- State of West Virginia
- U.S. District Court - Southern District of West Virginia
- U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit