Kristen is a member of Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. She handles a variety of complex commercial and class action litigation, at both the trial court and appellate levels. Kristen has managed discovery and briefing in large-scale litigation, and has provided counsel to clients in the areas of contract, tort, advertising, media law, privacy and insurance matters.
In her media defense and First Amendment law practice, she has assisted publishers and broadcasters in matters involving defamation, invasion of privacy, media access, reporter’s privilege and freedom of information laws.
- Obtained summary judgment for Lincoln Benefit Life Company in a putative US$1 billion nationwide class action centered on alleged overcharges to universal life insurance policies, which was affirmed on appeal by the Seventh Circuit in Norem v. Lincoln Benefit Life Ins. Co., 737 F.3d 1145 (7th Cir. 2013).
- Member of the litigation team for Redbox Automated Retail, LLC, in a putative nationwide class action under the federal Video Privacy Protection Act, in which the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in Redbox’s favor. Sterk v. Redbox Automated Retail, LLC, 770 F.3d 618 (7th Cir. 2014).
- Successfully defended Allstate's replacement cost coverage provisions in two putative class actions alleging violations of New York's and New Jersey's standard fire policies. Woodhams v. Allstate Fire & Casualty Co., 748 F. Supp. 2d 211 (S.D.N.Y. 2010), aff’d, 453 F. App'x 108 (2d Cir. 2012); Reddick v. Allstate New Jersey Ins. Co. (S.D.N.Y. 2011).
- Achieved dismissal of a multi-count defamation action brought by a Chicago public official against the National Broadcasting Company and the Better Government Association (BGA), a government watchdog group, which was affirmed by the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court. Kapotas v. BGA, 2015 IL App (1st) 140534.
Kristen coaches a state champion high school mock trial team and she judges student mock trial competitions at all levels. As a volunteer with the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Lawyers in the Classroom program, she helps local middle school students understand the US Constitution and our legal system.
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Areas of Practice
Class Action/Complex Litigation
I serve clients in a wide variety of industries.
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