Education

Brooklyn Law School, J.D.; Executive Notes & Comments Editor, Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law

John Brown University, B.A., History and Political Science

John Brown University, B.S., Child & Family Studies and Family & Human Services

Experience

  • Prior to joining Downs Rachlin Martin, Krista was an associate attorney in the Labor & Employment Law practice of a global law firm, based in their New York city office. There she assisted employers, ranging from Fortune 50 companies to non-profits, in addressing and resolving the full spectrum of labor and employment matters including employment litigation, union campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, and advice on how to navigate day to day employment law compliance concerns. There, Krista also developed special expertise in assisting employers with complying with New York’s manual workers law.
  • As an assistant corporation counsel in the Labor & Employment Division of the New York City Law Department Krista represented city agencies in employment claims brought under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Section 1983, and the New York Labor Law.
  • Krista served as a law clerk to the Hon. Ramon E. Reyes, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. In this role, she drafted Orders and Report & Recommendations regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act, ERISA, the New York Labor Law, and constitutional law claims.

Admissions

Arkansas 2020

New York 2020

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York 2022

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York 2022

Massachusetts 2023

Vermont 2023

 

Clerkships

Law clerk to the Honorable Ramon E. Reyes, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2021 to 2022

Memberships & Activities

Federal Bar Council

Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of New York

Accolades & Awards

Recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Labor and Employment Law – Management, 2024

Community Involvement

  • Athens Select Board, Town of Athens, VT, Selectboard Member, 2023-Present
  • Athens/Grafton Elementary School District, Grafton, VT, School Board Member, 2022-Present
  • Parks Place Community Resource Center, Bellows Falls, VT, Board Member, 2022-Present
  • John Brown University, Alumni Board, 2021-Present

Publications

Ineffective Congressional Response to the #MeToo Movement: Why Legislation Proscribing Mandatory Arbitration Agreements is Improper and Fails to Protect Workers, 39 WOMEN’S RTS. L. REP. 176 (2020)

Dads Are Parents, Too: Why Amending The Pregnancy Discrimination Act is Necessary for Courts to Determine if a Parental Leave Policy Violates Title VII, 13 BROOK. J. CORP., FIN. & COMM. L. 191 (2018)

Are We All “Manual Workers” Under New York Law? NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL (Nov. 8, 2022),

Beware Rise in Lawsuits Under NY Manual Worker Pay Rule, LAW360 (Oct. 27, 2022),