Kristin D. Alden
On September 1, 2005, Ms. Alden formed the Washington firm of Kraft Eisenmann Alden, PLLC, with Barbara Kraft and James Eisenmann. Now the Alden Law Group, PLLC, the firm continues its tradition of providing advice and representation to individual employees, unions, and employers.
Ms. Alden maintains the firm’s special emphasis on the law, rules and regulations pertaining to employment in the federal government, nationwide and globally. Additionally, Ms. Alden represents private sector clients in Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland, in matters relating to employment contracts and agreements, civil rights, and employment law. Ms. Alden also represents members of local and state governments.
Ms. Alden has litigated and argued cases in state and federal courts, before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the Office of Special Counsel, the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), and in many local administrative agencies, including the Human Rights Offices in Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax, Virginia and the District of Columbia .
In 2010, and for the first time in over 27 years, the Merit Systems Protection Board held oral argument on cases of special significance, due to their broad potential impact on the Federal civil service and the merit system. On October 18, 2010, Ms. Alden presented oral argument to the Board in one of these historic cases. Go here for more information.
Ms. Alden is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the District of Columbia Bar's Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee. This appointment follows an extended term as a Member of the Committee. Ms. Alden has been deeply involved in the work of the D.C. Bar's Labor and Employment Section, where she chaired and presented CLE and other courses. She chaired and moderated the D.C. Bar's Employment, Labor & Benefit Section's CLE course on the Fundamentals of Employment Law in the District of Columbia. She served as the Public Sector Chair of the District of Columbia Bar's Labor and Employment Section from 2001 through 2004, where she prepared and presented programs on a variety of employment law topics. Ms. Alden is a frequent speaker, lecturer and moderator. She is also an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA), and the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia.
Ms. Alden is a co-author of the Federal Employees Legal Survival Guide: How to Protect and Enforce Your Job Rights, published by Workplace Fairness and Passman & Kaplan, P.C. (2004). Ms. Alden was a contributing author to Employment Discrimination Law, Third Edition, Second Supplement, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law. Ms. Alden has appeared on radio and television programs discussing current topics in employment law.
Ms. Alden received her J.D. in 1992 from the Washington College of Law of the American University and her B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1989 and attended its School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy. Ms. Alden is admitted to practice law in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Ms. Alden's speaking engagements include:
- Federal Sector Employment Disputes, D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education, Program Chair, Moderator and Presenter, 9/09
- Issue Spotting and Navigating the Federal Sector Labyrinth, National Employment Lawyers Association, Annual Convention and Continuing Legal Education program (6/09)
- Advanced EEO Workshop Series: Litigating Before an Administrative Judge, EEOC Training Institute (5/09)
- Special Considerations In Federal Sector Constructive Discharge Claims, National Employment Lawyers Association, Annual Convention and Continuing Legal Education program (6/07)
- Fundamentals of Employment Law in the District of Columbia, Program Chair, D.C. Bar's Labor and Employment Section, Continuing Legal Education program (10/04)
- Best Practice Tips For Litigating Federal Employee Cases, National Employment Lawyers Association's Federal Sector Convention (10/04)
- Discovery & Evidentiary Issues in Litigating Federal Employee Cases, National Employment Lawyers Association, Annual Convention (6/04)
- Litigating a Federal Sector Case at the EEOC, D.C. Bar's Labor and Employment Section, Public Sector Committee (10/03)
- Pitfalls to Avoid in Settling EEO Complaints, American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, Federal Service Committee (1/03)
- Settlements in Public Sector Cases: Thinking Outside the Box, D.C. Bar, Labor and Employment Section, Public Sector Committee (1/03)
- How to Litigate a Federal Sector EEO Case, Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (11/02)
- EEO Investigations, Rights and Obligations, and Reprisal, Federal Training Foundation (5/02)
- Reasonable Accommodations, NAACP Federal Sector Task Force Summit III (1/02)
- Reception Honoring EEOC Chair (2002)