Overview

Kristine Grady Derewicz represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, ranging from proactive counseling to litigation, in both union and non-union settings.  She has tried numerous discrimination and Family and Medical Leave Act cases to successful resolutions, including mediated settlements and jury trials, and she has substantial knowledge of:

  • Title VII and Title IX
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The National Labor Relations Act

She appears in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and the National Labor Relations Board.  Kristine has also handled numerous employment arbitrations involving claims of discrimination, compensation disputes, and breach of contract claims. Her experience also includes drafting employment and severance agreements, drafting and litigating covenants not to compete, and labor-management relations.

Kristine handles traditional union matters, including:

  • Labor arbitrations
  • Disputes under collective bargaining agreements
  • Collective bargaining negotiations
  • Representation elections
  • Unfair labor practice proceedings

When clients handle negotiations themselves, she provides behind-the-scenes advice and counsel. Kristine also regularly counsels clients about discrimination and wage and hour concerns. She frequently represents healthcare employers, private schools, and colleges and universities, among other employers, and works closely with in-house counsel and human resources professionals to:

  • Implement best practices in the workplace
  • Address employee relations concerns creatively and effectively
  • Avoid unnecessary litigation
  • Aggressively defend actions initiated by employees and unions

Kristine serves on Littler's Management Committee, following her role as the office managing shareholder of the Philadelphia office. One of that office's founding members, Kristine has also served on the firm's Associates Committee, the Good Business Practices Committee, and the Nominating Committee. Kristine also represents a number of Philadelphia-based social service agencies on a pro bono basis. Prior to working at Littler, she was associate counsel with a large private university's health system, handling all of the system's labor and employment law needs.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

National Association of College and University Attorneys

Member, Board of Directors

Center for Grieving Children

2015-present

Member, Board of Directors

La Salle Academy

2015-present

Member, Board of Directors

Main Line Art Center

2008-2014

Chair

Human Resources Committee

Main Line Art Center

2010-present

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2012-2018

Named, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA

2015-2017

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbell

News, Analysis & Press

Equal Pay for Women: Still Waiting?

The American Law Journal

October 24, 2016

A Major Change in Overtime Rules

Philadelphia Business Journal

July 13, 2016

Female Lawyers Less Than a Third of Pa. Law Firm Rosters

Legal Intelligencer

December 7, 2012

Labor Management Relations Update

Littler Mendelson – The Executive Employer

April 2010

Speaking Engagements

Realistic Expectations from the NLRB: Reversal of Obama Labor Policies, Business as Usual or Something in Between?

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 11, 2017

Gender Pay Equity - Women Still Waiting in the Legal Profession?

The American Law Journal, WFMZ-TV, Philadelphia, PA

October 24, 2016
What Retailers Need to Know About Labor Developments and Union Organizing Strategies

December 8, 2011
The Employee From Hell

Philadelphia, PA

November 15, 2011

The 360 Degree Evaluation of an Employment Case

Pennsylvania Bar Institute

April 2011

Top Eleven Trends to Watch for 2011

Association of Corporate Counsel, DELVACCA Chapter

March 2011

Labor Arbitration Advocacy Case Preparation

American Arbitration Association

June 2010
A Brand New (Work)Day? Workplace Change in the Obama Era — What the Current Administration and Congress May Have in Store for Employers

Philadelphia, PA

May 13, 2009

Employer Mandated Wellness Initiatives: The Continuum from Voluntary to Mandatory Plans

Pennsylvania Bar Institute

March 2009

Injury Prevention and Wellness Programs: Benefits v. Liabilities

Pennsylvania Bar Institute

April 2008
Enforceable Release Agreements - Still Possible?

Philadelphia, PA

March 12, 2008

Who Is Entitled to Overtime Pay? Exemptions from the FLSA

Pennsylvania Bar Institute

December 2007
Internal Investigations of Your Senior Executives

Washington, DC

October 19, 2005

Education

  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1990
  • B.A., La Salle University, 1987 magna cum laude

Bar Admission

Pennsylvania
New Jersey

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • New Jersey Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey