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Virginia’s Go To Lawyers – Employment Law: Kristina Keech Spitler

spitler_kristinakeechKristina Keech Spitler
Shareholder & Secretary
Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian PC

Best known for:

Kristina Spitler has been practicing law for more than 30 years. Her practice focuses on employment law.

She is a highly rated speaker, trainer, and attorney on the topic of employment law issues. She has been a featured speaker on WUSA Channel 9 News and has served as a resource and quoted in Workforce Management Magazine. Kristina, together with the Prince William SHRM chapter she co-founded, are in their 10th year of hosting an annual employment law and HR summit.

Most recently, she has embraced the online community and authored several legislative reports and curated a webinar series on various employment law issues. She also has spearheaded her firm’s COVID-19 resource webpage to support the arising needs of their clients and the local business community.

Signature case or representation:

Conducted investigations into alleged workplace discrimination (race, national origin, sex/gender, age, disabilities, and other protected status), breach of fiduciary duties, computer crimes, fraud and financial improprieties, and other possible misconduct. Recently conducted an internal investigation of alleged harassment, bullying and misconduct for a manufacturing company which involved the challenge of having to interview employees who spoke Vietnamese, Spanish, Farsi, and English and understand differing cultural perspectives in analyzing the information and facts.

Other important cases:

  • Provided counsel to various industries during the pandemic on all aspects of employee safety and regulations. Industries included manufacturing, IT, government contracting, civic associations, health care services, professional services, religious institutions, landscaping, and construction.
  • Defended IT company against charges of discrimination by former employee.
  • Defended childcare company against former employees’ charges of violations of the American with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

Working with clients:

Try to get to know both the client’s business and business philosophy as it better equips you to provide legal advice on employee issues quickly. In representing primarily employers (management), advise the clients to come to the table with the “white hat” on – having done the right thing and complied with the law, regardless of whether dealing directly with an employee, governmental agencies such as the EEOC and DOL, or before a judge or jury.

Best career advice:

In a litigation case, develop a theme of the case early on and consistently use it as part of your motions and all the way to trial.

Outlook for 2021:

The law in Virginia has changed in conjunction with the increased attention to equity and social justice issues, such as gender, race, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The 2020 Virginia Values Act, which amended the Virginia Human Rights Act, has significantly changed Virginia law as a result of which, employees and their counsel will file suits in Virginia state courts more frequently requiring new approaches to these cases by both counsel and circuit courts in Virginia.