Kristin Zech represents companies and individuals in all aspects of litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the Mid-Atlantic.  From contract actions and landlord-tenant disputes, to civil rights claims and discrimination suits, she offers a broad array of experience at both the trial and appellate levels.

Background

In addition to litigation, Kristin enjoys a vibrant employment law practice, advising employers and employees on a variety of issues, including personnel actions, compliance with employment eligibility standards, Title VII, Family and Medical Leave Act, and Fair Labor Standards Act compliance.  She has extensive experience preparing and reviewing employment and separation agreements, including non-disclosure, non-competition, and non-solicitation provisions.

Kristin has also practiced immigration law for over a decade.  She regularly helps business and family clients with a variety of immigrant and non-immigrant needs, including H-1B visas, marriage and other family-based benefits, K-1 visas, and U visas, and advises employers on employment eligibility.

Prior to joining the firm in 2018, Kristin worked at law firms in Tysons Corner and Harrisonburg.

Recognition and Certifications

  • Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center – Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year 2016
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013-14
  • William Hamilton Prize (Excellence in Legal History), 2004
  • William & Mary School of Law Moot Court Team
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2000

Pro Bono Experience

Kristin regularly handles pro bono immigration matters from a number of community organizations.  She has worked with Catholic Charities for over a decade, and has served as an immigration attorney for the Fairfax Bar Association’s Southgate Clinic since 2014.

Presentations and Publications

  • “Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Humanitarian Protection for Abused, Abandoned, and Neglected Immigrant Children,” Virginia Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 36, No. 1, Spring 2016
  • “Federal Protections for Breastfeeding Mothers in the Workplace,” The Federal Lawyer, Vol. 60, Issue 8, September 2013

Professional Memberships

  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Virginia State Bar