>  Kristen Sinisi


It takes years of hard work, perseverance, and sacrifice to build a career. When an employer’s discrimination or retaliation threatens your livelihood, you do not have to stand by in silence. I can help level the playing field and vindicate your workplace rights.

I exclusively represent employees so that I may dedicate my full attention to protecting and advocating for your rights. I recognize the unique, high-stakes situations that you face, and I provide experienced, empathetic counsel by seeing your case through your eyes. I will listen as you share your story, work with you to identify your objectives, anticipate your needs, and develop a custom strategy best suited to achieve your goals.

I prioritize client service and believe that timely, open, and honest communication is the linchpin of the attorney-client relationship. I will make the legal process more accessible and empower you to make informed decisions about your case.

I regularly represent employees in a broad array of employment matters before local and federal administrative agencies, and in state and federal courts. I have successfully represented employees in discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful discharge, and breach of contract claims, as well as whistleblower claims brought under the anti-retaliation provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Dodd-Frank Act, False Claims Act, Whistleblower Protection Act, and National Defense Authorization Act. In addition, I have filed complaints with various Offices of Inspector General and the Office of Special Counsel on behalf of federal-government employees and contractors, and I have guided clients through the government’s investigations of their claims.

Before I co-founded District Employment Law, I worked as an employment attorney at Bernabei & Kabat, PLLC for over six years. Previously, I also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dan Pellegrini, then-President Judge of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. In addition, I worked as a trial attorney at a Pennsylvania law firm where I helped obtain a seminal ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit about the pleading standard applicable to whistleblower complaints filed under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

I graduated magna cum laude from the Catholic University of America, where I served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Catholic University Law Review.

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania (2011)
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (2011)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2011)
  • Maryland (2015)
  • District of Columbia (2016)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (2017)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (2017)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (2018)


  • Graduated magna cum laude with J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (2011)
    • Editor-in Chief, Catholic University Law Review (Volume 60)
    • Federal Civil Procedure, Teaching Assistant
    • Honorable John M. Facciola at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Judicial Intern
  • Graduated summa cum laude from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Cook Honors College (2008)


Panel Presentations:

  • How to Avoid (and Resolve) Trade Secret Claims Against Employees,” MWELA (Dec. 7, 2023)
  • “Whistleblower, Trade Secret Protection, and Employee Data Misuse Cases,” D.C. Bar Association (Oct. 25, 2022)
  • Webinar, “Winning Discovery Sanctions in Federal Court Litigation,” MWELA (May 12, 2021)
  • Webinar, “Motions Practice in Employment Cases Filed in Maryland’s Federal Court,” MWELA (Oct. 1, 2020)



  • Named to Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Plaintiff Employment & Civil Rights Lawyers” list for 20212022, and 2023
  • Named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for Employment Litigation in Washington, D.C. (2018 to present)