Kristen has fished for a living. Her Dad was jealous.
She’s also lived in a treehouse. Yes, an actual treehouse.
When Kristen and Meghan purchased Freed Marcroft’s home base, Kristen designed the open, collaborative workspace design with private conference rooms that are alternatively formal and intimate. When walls needed to be torn down, Kristen took them down herself. With a sledgehammer.
Kristen’s approach to her legal practice is as hands-on as her approach to life. The majority of her time is spent working with clients in Freed Marcroft’s family law practice area. Kristen has supplemented her formal legal education with advanced training in mediation, and is a member of the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce.
Kristen is a graduate of the Quinnipiac University School of Law and the Honors Program at the University of Connecticut, and also studied Irish, European, international and comparative law at Trinity College in Dublin. She is a founding executive board member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s LGBT Section, and is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Hartford County Bar Association, the National LGBT Bar Association, the Greater Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the Metro Hartford Alliance, and Business for Downtown Hartford. In 2013, she was a panelist at the Connecticut Bar Association symposium “Supreme Change: The Legal Landscape After Windsor,” speaking on the practical implications of the Windsor decision on LGBT clients in practice areas including immigration, family law, tax, and estate planning. In 2014 she guest lectured at her law school alma mater on same-sex estate planning, and was a guest panelist on “The Business of Law” at the University of Connecticut School of Law. In 2015, she was a speaker on family law at the Connecticut Bar Association’s panel on “Recent Developments in Marriage Equality and Some Practical Implications for Practitioners.”
Kristen is an original board member of Night Fall, and serves as a judge of the Obama Administration’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Challenge. In 2014 she was appointed to the City of Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission. Kristen devotes the majority of her pro bono legal work to local arts organizations.
She is a Connecticut attorney. And office designer.
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, “I’m with you kid. Let’s go.”