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Kristen L. Zaehringer Murtha Cullina LLP Associate

Associate

Stamford
Email: kzaehringer@murthalaw.com
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

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

Kristen L. Zaehringer


As an attorney in the Firm’s Litigation Department, Kristen Zaehringer represents clients in the areas of commercial litigation, professional malpractice, labor and employment, and local counsel services. Kristen’s litigation experience includes representing individual and corporate clients in cases involving claims of breach of contract, consumer fraud, unfair trade practices, violation of federal and state credit reporting laws, violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, professional negligence, business torts, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, violation of wage and hour law, and violation of non-competition and confidentiality agreements. Kristen regularly represents clients in state and federal court and 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 employment contracts, restrictive covenants, severance agreements, and the implementation of employment manuals, policies and procedures.

In October of 2013, Kristen was selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list as “A Rising Star” in the areas of Employment & Labor Litigation, Civil Litigation Defense and Business Litigation. Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Kristen served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dominic J. Squatrito, United States District Judge for the United States District Court of Connecticut. Kristen also practiced in the litigation group at Zeldes, Needle & Cooper, PC.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the George Washington University and received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law, where she was very active in her law school’s Civil Clinic and received the Excellence in Clinical Work Award. While in law school, Kristen also served as an associate editor for the Quinnipiac Health Law Journal. She is fluent in Italian.

  • District of Connecticut Federal Grievance Committee
  • District of Connecticut Local Civil Rules Advisory Committee
  • Connecticut Bar Association -  Executive Committee Member of the Federal Practice Section, Member of the Civil Rules Committee
  • Federal Bar Council - Connecticut Committee
  • Inns of Court
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Pro Bono Award for the District of Connecticut, 2016
  • Holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • 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 - 2016 (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 (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
  • Charlton Hill Condominium Association - Board Member
     
Overview

As an attorney in the Firm’s Litigation Department, Kristen Zaehringer represents clients in the areas of commercial litigation, professional malpractice, labor and employment, and local counsel services. Kristen’s litigation experience includes representing individual and corporate clients in cases involving claims of breach of contract, consumer fraud, unfair trade practices, violation of federal and state credit reporting laws, violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, professional negligence, business torts, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, violation of wage and hour law, and violation of non-competition and confidentiality agreements. Kristen regularly represents clients in state and federal court and 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 employment contracts, restrictive covenants, severance agreements, and the implementation of employment manuals, policies and procedures.

In October of 2013, Kristen was selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list as “A Rising Star” in the areas of Employment & Labor Litigation, Civil Litigation Defense and Business Litigation. Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Kristen served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dominic J. Squatrito, United States District Judge for the United States District Court of Connecticut. Kristen also practiced in the litigation group at Zeldes, Needle & Cooper, PC.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the George Washington University and received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law, where she was very active in her law school’s Civil Clinic and received the Excellence in Clinical Work Award. While in law school, Kristen also served as an associate editor for the Quinnipiac Health Law Journal. She is fluent in Italian.

Memberships
  • District of Connecticut Federal Grievance Committee
  • District of Connecticut Local Civil Rules Advisory Committee
  • Connecticut Bar Association -  Executive Committee Member of the Federal Practice Section, Member of the Civil Rules Committee
  • Federal Bar Council - Connecticut Committee
  • Inns of Court
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
Recognition
  • Pro Bono Award for the District of Connecticut, 2016
  • Holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • 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 - 2016 (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 (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
  • Charlton Hill Condominium Association - Board Member
     
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
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2005)
  • George Washington University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2002)
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