Kristen J. Nesbit
Kristen Nesbit is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office where she practices employment litigation and client counseling.
Kristen represents employers from case inception through trial or arbitration. She has represented organizations in multiple jury trials that have resulted in defense verdicts for her clients. Most recently, Kristen served as co-trial counsel in the case Jose Lomeli and Richard McAllister v. Arrow Truck Sales, Inc., Volvo Group North America, Inc, Jody Johnson and Brent Stout, where she obtained a complete defense verdict after a 12 day jury trial in downtown Los Angeles, California. At trial, two former managers alleged harassment and discrimination based on race/color, national origin, religion and age along with retaliation for opposing such harassment and discrimination against the defendants.
Kristen prides herself in serving as a trusted adviser and strategic partner for her clients. In this vein, she counsels clients regarding a variety of labor and employment issues including the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), interactive process and reasonable accommodations, talent management and performance, workplace investigations, and wage/hour compliance. Kristen focuses on finding creative, practical, cost-effective solutions to address her clients’ needs and goals when dealing with these issues.
Kristen’s clients include startups, national companies, and public entities in various industries including manufacturing, trucking, hospitality, aviation, and technology. Kristen is also committed to helping diverse business owners succeed in today’s marketplace by assisting employers who are recognized as a Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), and/or Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE), with developing their employment policies, practices, and procedures so these businesses will meet government and corporate supplier diversity objectives related to employee recruitment, retention, and performance.
Kristen has represented clients throughout California, in both Superior Courts and United States District Court and before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), the United States Department of Labor (DOL), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She has also successfully argued appeals before the California Court of Appeal and before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
In 2013, Kristen was named to the “Hot List” for Minority Attorneys Under 40 in the Western Region by Lawyers of Color Inc., which is comprised of only 100 attorneys who practice in the Western Region of the United States. In 2015 and 2016, Kristen was recognized in Southern California Super Lawyers – Rising Stars and as a “Southern California - Top Women’s Attorney” by Los Angeles Magazine. Kristen was also selected by the National Advocate as a “Top 100 African American Lawyer” in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, Kristen received the “Women of Influence” Award from the business publication L.A. Biz for her accomplishments in the legal field.
Kristen was also selected by Fisher Phillips to serve as a Fellow on the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity for 2015-2016. She is also the firm’s Women’s Initiative Leadership Council (WILC) Ambassador for the Los Angeles office.
- Defense Verdict Achieved After A Three Week Trial
Obtained complete defense verdict in a three-week jury trial involving claims of disability discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination against a public entity.
- Defense Verdict Achieved After A Three Month Trial
Obtained complete defense verdict in a three-month jury trial involving claims of negligence and negligent hiring against a public entity.
- Nuisance Settlement Obtained Immediately Before Jury Deliberations
After two weeks of trial, the trial court granted Kristen’s motion for non-suit as to four of the five causes of action against a private corporation. After the defense rested its case and immediately before closing arguments and jury deliberations were to begin, the case was settled for a nominal sum.
Honors & Leadership
Honors & Awards
“Women of Influence” Award, L.A. Biz Journals (2016)
Southern California Super Lawyers - Rising Star (2015, 2016)
National Advocate, “Top 100 African American Lawyer” (2015, 2016)
“Hot List” for Minority Attorneys Under 40 in the Western Region by Lawyers of Color Inc. (2013)
- University of California at Santa Barbara Alumni Association, Board Member (2014-Present); Vice President (2016-2017); Multicultural and Diversity Committee Chair (2015-2016)
- Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), 2015 Fellow
- Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member (2006 – Present); Labor and Employment Seminar Committee Member (2012 – 2016)
- American Association of Blacks in Energy, Board Member (2010 – Present); Legislation Committee Co-Chair (2010 – 2011)
- Labor and Employment attorneys represent four offices1.1.15
- Kristen Nesbit Named to Lawyers of Color ‘Hot List' for Minority Attorneys Under 40 in Western Region7.5.13
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- 2016 Los Angeles Seminar9.21.16
- Breakfast Briefing10.1.15
- Navigating the MANY Minimum Wages and Benefits in California
California State Council of Society for Human Resource Management (CalSHRM)
CalSHRM 2019 California State Legislative & HR Conference, Sheraton Grand
- Moderator, Top Courts Tackle Labor & Employment in 2018: Top 5 Take Aways, California Lawyers Association - Litigation Section (2018)