Kristen Nesbit is co-chair of Fisher Phillips’ California Litigation Practice Group and a co-regional managing partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office, where she practices employment litigation and client counseling.
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 2022, Kristen was named a Top Labor and Employment Attorney and a Top Female Attorney by the Daily Journal and recommended as a leading practitioner for Labor and Employment Disputes: Defense by The Legal 500 United States (2021-2022). In 2019, she was recognized as one of the “Most Influential Minority Attorneys” by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Kristen was selected by the National Advocate as a “Top 100 African American Lawyer” in 2015 and 2016. Among other recognitions, Kristen received the “Women of Influence” Award from the business publication L.A. Biz for her accomplishments in the legal field (2016).
Kristen was selected by Fisher Phillips to serve as a Fellow on the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity for 2015-2016. She is also a member of the firm’s Women’s Initiative Leadership Council (WILC) Steering Committee