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Kristin D. Alden

In 2005 Kristin D. Alden founded ALG and since then has strived to ensure the firm provides outstanding legal services and employment advice to individuals, unions, and employers. In 2016, Wynter Allen and Michelle Bercovici joined Ms. Alden as Partners.

Ms. Alden maintains and manages every aspect of the firm’s practice while also representing her clients. Ms. Alden has litigated and represented clients in the broad range of federal and local agencies and courts charged with overseeing the federal workplace, including the D.C. Offices of Human Rights and Employee Appeals, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), the U.S. Department of Labor and local agencies in Virginia, DC and Maryland.

Ms. Alden has provided expert advice where she evaluated and provided detailed advice on substantive and procedural issues relating to the complex field of federal sector employment law. These cases concerned issues such as whether a Department of State employee has a right to challenge his termination at the Merit Systems Protection Board, whether a self-employed woman who contracted with a federal agency would be allowed to pursue her harassment claim through the agency’s EEO process, whether an employee should be forgiven for filing her discrimination complaint late, and the appropriate steps when a whistle blower challenges his agency’s efforts to fire him.

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.
Ms. Alden has been active in local organizations, including the D. C. Bar Association where she served as the Vice Chair of the Bar's Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee. That appointment followed 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 CLEs and other courses. She chaired and moderated the D.C. Bar's Employment, Labor & Employment 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) and the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA). See below for details.

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:In 2005 Kristin D. Alden founded ALG and since then has strived to ensure the firm provides outstanding legal services and employment advice to individuals, unions, and employers. In 2016, Wynter Allen and Michelle Bercovici joined Ms. Alden as Partners.
Ms. Alden maintains and manages every aspect of the firm’s practice while also representing her clients. Ms. Alden has litigated and represented clients in the broad range of federal and local agencies and courts charged with overseeing the federal workplace, including the D.C. Offices of Human Rights and Employee Appeals, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), the U.S. Department of Labor and local agencies in Virginia, DC and Maryland.
Ms. Alden has provided expert advice where she evaluated and provided detailed advice on substantive and procedural issues relating to the complex field of federal sector employment law. These cases concerned issues such as whether a Department of State employee has a right to challenge his termination at the Merit Systems Protection Board, whether a self-employed woman who contracted with a federal agency would be allowed to pursue her harassment claim through the agency’s EEO process, whether an employee should be forgiven for filing her discrimination complaint late, and the appropriate steps when a whistle blower challenges his agency’s efforts to fire him.

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.
Ms. Alden has been active in local organizations, including the D. C. Bar Association where she served as the Vice Chair of the Bar's Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee. That appointment followed 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 CLEs and other courses. She chaired and moderated the D.C. Bar's Employment, Labor & Employment 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) and the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA). See below for details.

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:

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Nuts & Bolts of Discrimination Law, D.C. Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
  • Introduction to Federal Personnel Law: Practice Before the EEOC, MSPB and OSC. D.C. Bar Association, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Representing Federal Employees: Navigating a Complex Landscape, National Employment Lawyers Associate, Fall Conference Committee, October 2014
  • EEOC & MSPB Case Law Update, National Employment Lawyers Association, Washington, DC, Moderator, October 2014
  • EEOC EXCEL conference, Effective Discovery: Do's and Don'ts, San Diego, CA, August 2014
  • Issue Spotting & Navigating Claims in Federal Sector Litigation, National Employment Lawyers Association, Boston, MA, Presenter & Moderator, June 2014
  • Practice Before the EEOC: Practical Advice on Hearings, D.C. Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, Presenter, May 2014
  • Whistleblowers' Protection Enhancement Act, D.C. Bar Association, March 2013
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association's MSPB Forum, February 2013
  • Federal Sector Mediation and Arbitration, NELA, Seattle, WA, March 2012
  • The Ins and Outs of Maximizing Damages & Recovering Attorney Fees In Federal Sector Cases, NELA Annual Convention, June 2011
  • Election of Remedies for Federal Sector Labor Unions, September 2010
  • Federal Sector Employment Disputes, D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education, Program Chair, Moderator and Presenter, September 2009
  • Issue Spotting and Navigating the Federal Sector Labyrinth, NELA Annual Convention, June 2009
  • Advanced EEO Workshop Series, EEOC Training Institute, Presenter, May 2009
  • Special Considerations in Federal Sector Constructive Discharge Claims, NELA Annual Convention June 2007
  • Fundamentals of Employment Law in the District of Columbia, Program Chair, D.C. Bar's Labor and Employment Section, Continuing Legal Education program, October 2004
  • Best Practice Tips for Litigating Federal Employee Cases, National Employment Lawyers Association's Federal Sector Convention, October 2004
  • Discovery & Evidentiary Issues in Litigating Federal Employee Cases, National Employment Lawyers Association, Annual Convention, June 2004
  • Litigating a Federal Sector Case at the EEOC, D.C. Bar's Labor and Employment Section, Public Sector Committee, October 2003
  • Pitfalls to Avoid in Settling EEO Complaints, American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, Federal Service Committee, January 2003
  • Settlements in Public Sector Cases: Thinking Outside the Box, D.C. Bar, Labor and Employment Section, Public Sector Committee, January 2003
  • How to Litigate a Federal Sector EEO Case, Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, November 2002
  • EEO Investigations, Rights and Obligations, and Reprisal, Federal Training Foundation, May 2002
  • Reasonable Accommodations, NAACP Federal Sector Task Force Summit III, January 2002
  • Reception Honoring EEOC Chair, 2002

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