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Kristen L. Zaehringer Murtha Cullina LLP Partner

Partner

New Haven
Email: kzaehringer@murthalaw.com
Phone: 203-653-5406
Fax: 860-240-5758

Stamford
Phone: 203-653-5406
Fax: 860-240-5758

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

Education

  • George Washington University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2002)
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2005)

Kristen L. Zaehringer


Kristen Zaehringer represents a diverse variety of corporate and individual clients in complex commercial cases, arbitrations, mediations, and before regulatory agencies. Kristen’s practice consists of three primary areas: (1) business and contractual disputes, (2) compliance and ethics, and (3) employment law.

Kristen serves on the Firm’s Ethics and Loss Prevention Committee and was appointed by the Judges of the District of Connecticut to serve on the Federal Grievance Committee, a committee of lawyers that hears grievance complaints against lawyers admitted to practice in federal court. She is also the current co-chair of the Federal Practice Section of the Connecticut Bar Association and a member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Judicial Subcommittee to the COVID-19 Task Force. She previously served on the District of Connecticut’s Local Civil Rules Advisory Committee, a group of lawyers charged with submitting to the federal judges an analysis of the procedural and local rules for federal cases in the District of Connecticut.

Kristen has wide-ranging experience in federal and state courts in Connecticut and New York.  She has litigated cases involving a variety of disputes, including:

  • Class action lawsuits
  • Shareholder derivative actions
  • Business torts asserted among members of closely-held business (including fraud, theft, and breach of fiduciary duty)
  • Corporate and partner dissolutions and disputes
  • Claims for contribution and indemnification
  • Securities fraud
  • Breach of contract and guaranty agreements
  • Insurance coverage disputes
  • Consumer fraud (including unfair trade practices, violation of federal and state credit reporting laws, violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act)
  • Commercial lease evictions and breaches
  • Commercial mortgage foreclosures
  • Environmental enforcement actions and other environmental disputes
  • Enforcement of easements and other covenants restricting the use of real estate
  • Professional negligence (including attorney malpractice)
  • Claims against attorneys for ethical violations
  • Employment discrimination and retaliation
  • Wrongful termination
  • Violation of wage and hour law
  • Violation of non-competition and confidentiality agreements

Kristen regularly represents clients before various administrative agencies including: the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities, and the Connecticut Department of Labor. Kristen also drafts and provides advice on numerous human resources matters, including: employment contracts, restrictive covenants, severance agreements, and the implementation of employment manuals, policies and procedures.

Kristen is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the George Washington University. Upon graduation from the Quinnipiac University School of Law, Kristen worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Dominic J. Squatrito, U.S.D.J. (2005-2007).  Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Kristen worked at Zeldes, Needle & Cooper, P.C., in Bridgeport Connecticut (2007-2013). Since 2013, Kristen has also served as an attorney volunteer at annual student mock trials sponsored by the District of Connecticut's Public Outreach Committee. Kristen has represented veterans and incarcerated individuals on a pro bono basis and, in 2016, she received the District of Connecticut's Pro Bono Award for her work on a prisoner rights case involving claims brought under the 8th Amendment. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of New Haven Legal Assistance Association. Kristen holds an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and is a past officer of the Raymond Baldwin Inn of Court.

  • District of Connecticut Federal Grievance Committee
  • District of Connecticut Local Civil Rules Advisory Committee
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Connecticut Bar Association -  Co-Chair of the Federal Practice Section, Member of the Civil Rules Committee
  • Inns of Court
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Judicial Subcommittee of the Connecticut Bar Association's COVID-19 Task Force
  • Holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Civil Litigation - Defense, 2020  (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)
  • James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation 
  • Pro Bono Award for the District of Connecticut, 2016
  • Named one of Fairfield County’s Top 40 Business People under the Age of 40 in 2015
  • Connecticut Law Tribune 2015 New Leaders in the Law
  • 2015 Leadership Fairfield County Program
  • Listed as New England Super Lawyers® Rising Star in the area of Civil Litigation, 2014 - 2017 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)
  • Listed as Connecticut Super Lawyers® Rising Star in the areas of Employment & Labor Litigation, Civil Litigation Defense and Business Litigation, 2013 - 2019 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Dominic J. Squatrito, United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut (2005-2007)
     

  • Friends of New Haven Legal Assistance Association - Board Member
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law Alumni Association - Executive Board
  • Public Outreach Committee of the U.S. District Court for District of Connecticut, Member
Overview

Kristen Zaehringer represents a diverse variety of corporate and individual clients in complex commercial cases, arbitrations, mediations, and before regulatory agencies. Kristen’s practice consists of three primary areas: (1) business and contractual disputes, (2) compliance and ethics, and (3) employment law.

Kristen serves on the Firm’s Ethics and Loss Prevention Committee and was appointed by the Judges of the District of Connecticut to serve on the Federal Grievance Committee, a committee of lawyers that hears grievance complaints against lawyers admitted to practice in federal court. She is also the current co-chair of the Federal Practice Section of the Connecticut Bar Association and a member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Judicial Subcommittee to the COVID-19 Task Force. She previously served on the District of Connecticut’s Local Civil Rules Advisory Committee, a group of lawyers charged with submitting to the federal judges an analysis of the procedural and local rules for federal cases in the District of Connecticut.

Kristen has wide-ranging experience in federal and state courts in Connecticut and New York.  She has litigated cases involving a variety of disputes, including:

  • Class action lawsuits
  • Shareholder derivative actions
  • Business torts asserted among members of closely-held business (including fraud, theft, and breach of fiduciary duty)
  • Corporate and partner dissolutions and disputes
  • Claims for contribution and indemnification
  • Securities fraud
  • Breach of contract and guaranty agreements
  • Insurance coverage disputes
  • Consumer fraud (including unfair trade practices, violation of federal and state credit reporting laws, violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act)
  • Commercial lease evictions and breaches
  • Commercial mortgage foreclosures
  • Environmental enforcement actions and other environmental disputes
  • Enforcement of easements and other covenants restricting the use of real estate
  • Professional negligence (including attorney malpractice)
  • Claims against attorneys for ethical violations
  • Employment discrimination and retaliation
  • Wrongful termination
  • Violation of wage and hour law
  • Violation of non-competition and confidentiality agreements

Kristen regularly represents clients before various administrative agencies including: the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities, and the Connecticut Department of Labor. Kristen also drafts and provides advice on numerous human resources matters, including: employment contracts, restrictive covenants, severance agreements, and the implementation of employment manuals, policies and procedures.

Kristen is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the George Washington University. Upon graduation from the Quinnipiac University School of Law, Kristen worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Dominic J. Squatrito, U.S.D.J. (2005-2007).  Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Kristen worked at Zeldes, Needle & Cooper, P.C., in Bridgeport Connecticut (2007-2013). Since 2013, Kristen has also served as an attorney volunteer at annual student mock trials sponsored by the District of Connecticut's Public Outreach Committee. Kristen has represented veterans and incarcerated individuals on a pro bono basis and, in 2016, she received the District of Connecticut's Pro Bono Award for her work on a prisoner rights case involving claims brought under the 8th Amendment. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of New Haven Legal Assistance Association. Kristen holds an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and is a past officer of the Raymond Baldwin Inn of Court.

Memberships
  • District of Connecticut Federal Grievance Committee
  • District of Connecticut Local Civil Rules Advisory Committee
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Connecticut Bar Association -  Co-Chair of the Federal Practice Section, Member of the Civil Rules Committee
  • Inns of Court
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Judicial Subcommittee of the Connecticut Bar Association's COVID-19 Task Force
Recognition
  • Holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Civil Litigation - Defense, 2020  (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)
  • James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation 
  • Pro Bono Award for the District of Connecticut, 2016
  • Named one of Fairfield County’s Top 40 Business People under the Age of 40 in 2015
  • Connecticut Law Tribune 2015 New Leaders in the Law
  • 2015 Leadership Fairfield County Program
  • Listed as New England Super Lawyers® Rising Star in the area of Civil Litigation, 2014 - 2017 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)
  • Listed as Connecticut Super Lawyers® Rising Star in the areas of Employment & Labor Litigation, Civil Litigation Defense and Business Litigation, 2013 - 2019 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)
Prior Experience
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Dominic J. Squatrito, United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut (2005-2007)
     

Community Activities
  • Friends of New Haven Legal Assistance Association - Board Member
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law Alumni Association - Executive Board
  • Public Outreach Committee of the U.S. District Court for District of Connecticut, Member
Press Releases
Speaking Engagements
Bar & Court Admissions
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
Education
  • George Washington University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2002)
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2005)
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