Kristine S. Phillips
- Professional Overview
Kristine is one of the firm’s Partners in the Chicago office. She leads the firm’s employment litigation practice and employer counseling services. Her role and accompanying services transform O’Hagan Meyer from a law firm which provides defense expertise on specific litigated cases, to one which provides a full spectrum of employment-related services to its employer-clientele. Kristine and the employment attorneys offer counseling and internal investigation during lay offs, terminations, disciplinary action or hiring, and can negotiate employment contracts and severance packages. The team also provides drafting or updating of employee-related written policies, such as employee handbooks and disciplinary policies. She is sought after to present company-wide, in-house diversity and sensitivity training seminars to employees, management and supervisory personnel. Of course, Kristine and the employment litigation team are ready and willing to defend employers in lawsuits and administrative complaints.
In addition to her employment practice, Kristine defends a variety of professional liability and general commercial and corporate litigation matters, and has extensive experience in the defense of class actions. She is currently lead counsel for one of the leading land trust companies in the Chicagoland area for its errors and omissions claims. Highly regarded by this client, the firm was written into the latest addition of its errors and omissions policy.
Kristine is licensed to practice in Illinois and Wisconsin as well as before the federal judiciary for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois and the Northern District of Indiana.
- Practice Areas
- Education and Admissions
In 1996, Kristine received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign and earned her Juris Doctor degree from the John Marshall Law School in 2000. While attending John Marshall, she was a member of the Moot Court honor society where she served as an Executive Board member. Kristine also served as a judicial extern for a Circuit Court judge of Cook County – Law Division and received two CALI awards for academic excellence in Sales Transactions and Securities Regulation.
- Professional Organization Memberships
- Member: Illinois State Bar
- Member: Wisconsin State Bar
- Member: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
- Member: U.S. District Court for the Northern, Central & Southern Districts of Illinois
- Member: Professional Liability Attorney Network (PLAN)
- Member: Illinois State Bar Association
- Member: Asian American Bar Association
- News, Honors, Publications & Speeches Employer Diversity/Sensitivity Training:
- Herlihy Midcontinent, January 2014
- Northwest Pediatrics, April 2010
- Thompson Flanagan, August 2009
- O’Hagan Spencer LLC, 2008-Present
- “Is Everyone ‘Disabled’ Under The Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act?”
- “Policies Can Protect An Employer from Invasion of Privacy Lawsuits”, In The Loop October 2010
- “Employer’s Hiring and Employment Practices Critiqued by State Legislators and EEOC”, In The Loop October 2010
- Employment Law Update, October 2010
- Editor O’Hagan Spencer LLC’s Newsletter In The Loop
- “Upcoming Trends in Employment Claims” – Beazley Insurance Group, July 2015
- “EEOC Initiatives, Enforcement & Settlement” – Professional Liability Attorney Network, May 2013
- “Social Networking Liability” – LVL Claims, December 2012
- “How to Guide a Claim through the EEOC & State Agencies” – EPL ExecuSummit, October 2012
- ADA Amendments Act & Case Updates – EPL ExecuSummit, September 2011
- Cyber Liability – Professional Liability Attorney Network, October 2010
- Wage & Hour Law Update – Freedom Specialty Lines, August 2010
Kristine has time and again obtained dismissals of charges of discrimination filed against her employer clients at the administrative level and at the federal court level, including through summary judgment. While representing land trustees, Kristine has obtained dismissals for her client at the inception of the cases through motions to dismiss and summary judgment. In September 2009 while at trial, Kristine obtained a directed verdict in favor of her land trustee client.