Kristy has more than 20 years of legal experience, practicing in both global law firms and in-house roles. She focuses on core environmental, social and governance (ESG) related risk areas including business ethics, corporate governance, director/officer duties, anti-corruption, sanctions, global supply chain transparency, labor and human rights, gender equity initiatives, climate change, environmental marketing, green initiatives, charitable contributions, privacy and data protection among many others.
Infusing a holistic, integrated and practical approach to ESG throughout businesses and organizations, Kristy serves as a trusted advisor supporting their transition toward creating long-term value and sustainability in a rapidly evolving legal and regulatory tapestry across the globe. She designs and implements risk-based compliance and governance programs for public and private, US and multinational companies and provides counseling on risk assessments, corporate policies and procedures, third-party due diligence, M&A, internal and government investigations, reporting, disclosures, audits and trainings. She advises companies involved in compliance-related regulatory enforcement and litigation matters.
Kristy also works with clients in negotiating complex agreements with key suppliers and strategic partners across all business departments – such as logistics, procurement, purchasing, import/export, technology, finance, human resources, marketing and corporate social responsibility – to reach optimal business outcomes while mitigating ESG and compliance-related risks.
J.D., George Washington University
Member, The George Washington University Law Review
- B.A., American University, School of International Service, cum laude
International Studies and Economics with a minor in German
Study Abroad: The American University in Vienna, Central European Economics and Politics
- "Will More Law Firms Come For Companies' ESG Talent?," Law360, March 13, 2023
- "How ESG Is Challenging Operations Of Companies, GCs," Law360, February 27, 2023
- "DLA Piper Hires Ex-GC, Compliance Head of Lidl US," Law360, February 21, 2023
In her most recent role as General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Data Privacy Officer of the US division of a global grocery retail company headquartered in Germany, she oversaw and advised the US, European and Asian management teams on a broad range of legal matters, including global compliance, corporate governance, disclosures, risk assessments and investigations, and led the management of the company’s cross-functional business teams on ESG-related requirements.
Previously, Kristy served as general counsel at the North American regional headquarters of a leading Swiss-based global provider of airline catering, onboard retail and food logistics to the travel industry where she managed commercial, regulatory and compliance matters involving multi-layered and cross-functional business units, external stakeholders and government agencies.
Kristy’s deep experience holding legal roles as a strategic advisor both in-house and as outside counsel gives her a unique, broad and valuable perspective of legal, commercial and operational insights in counseling trans-disciplinary legal departments, business executives and corporate functions across multiple jurisdictions. Oftentimes, she counsels cross-cultural business teams from numerous countries, drawing upon her experiences living and working abroad (including in Asia and Europe) to bridge cultural differences.
- Volunteer, Peace Corps, Daxian, Sichuan, China, 1997-1999
Memberships and Affiliations
- Non-Profit Board Member and Chair of the Governance Committee, READ Global
- Member, National Association of Women Lawyers
- Member, Vital Voices, Regional Council for Washington, DC