Kristen Sinisi represents employees in employment litigation, including statutory discrimination and retaliation claims, and common-law claims arising in the workplace setting. Ms. Sinisi has pursued a variety of employment-related claims, including claims for discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract, and whistleblower claims arising under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Dodd-Frank Act, False Claims Act, and Defense Contractor Whistleblower Protection Act. Ms. Sinisi also has experience challenging employers’ restrictive covenants, including non-compete provisions.
Prior to joining Bernabei & Kabat, Ms. Sinisi served as the Chief Law Clerk to the Honorable Dan Pellegrini at the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, where she analyzed a variety of employment issues in the appellate context, including tenure denials, breach of contract claims, professional licensure suspensions and revocations, labor-union/management disputes arising under collective bargaining agreements, unemployment compensation denials, and numerous civil rights matters.
Before clerking, Ms. Sinisi played a key role in obtaining a seminal ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit regarding the pleading standard applicable to whistleblower complaints filed under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. In the same case, Ms. Sinisi successfully argued before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania that SOX’s whistleblower provision applies to wholly owned subsidiaries of publicly traded companies, even with respect to action taken prior to the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and therefore afforded the complainant protection.
Ms. Sinisi graduated magna cum laude from the Catholic University of America in 2011, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Catholic University Law Review and as a Teaching Assistant for Federal Civil Procedure. While in law school, Ms. Sinisi was a judicial intern for the Honorable John M. Facciola at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She graduated summa cum laude from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Cook Honors College in 2008.
Ms. Sinisi is admitted to practice law in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.
Areas of Practice
- Employment Litigation 90%
- Civil Rights 10%
- District of Columbia, 2016
- Maryland, 2015
- Pennsylvania, 2011
- Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
- J.D. - 2011
- Honors: magna cum laude
- Honors: Federal Civil Procedure, Teaching Assistant
- Honors: Honorable John M. Facciola at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Judicial Intern
- Honors: William B. Bryant American Inn of Court, Student Member
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Cook Honors College
- Honors: summa cum laude
- NAVIGATING THE NUANCES OF SARBANES-OXLEY AND DODD-FRANK WHISTLEBLOWER CLAIMS
- Tweeting & Snapping: What You Need to Know about Preserving, Discovering, and Using Social Media, NELA, 2017
- What's Next For Whistleblowers?, The National Law Journal, 2016
Honors and Awards
- MS Leadership Class Award
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Ass'n, Member, 2016 to Present
- The William B. Bryant American Inn of Court, Barrister, 2016 to Present
- D.C. Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2016 to Present
- National Employment Lawyers Association, Member, 2017 to Present
Past Employment Positions
- The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, Law Clerk to the Hon. Dan Pellegrini, 2014 to 2016
- Angino & Rovner, P.C., Attorney, 2011 to 2014