Overview

Kristine Grady Derewicz has spent her career counseling and advocating on behalf of employers. While her client relationships are diverse in terms of size, scope, and industry, she focuses on healthcare employers and institutes of higher education. Kris has worked with clients on a broad variety of matters, ranging from advice on navigating the practical implementation of legal requirements in the day-to-day workplace to jury trials in state and federal courts. Additionally, Kris has experience with unionized workforces, allowing her to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to every client relationship.

Substantively, Kris has experience in most areas of employment law, including discrimination, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). She has mediated and arbitrated dozens of cases, tried numerous matters in jury and bench trials, handled collective bargaining negotiations, and provides advice on a myriad of matters on a daily basis. She excels at working with clients to solve problems and to ensure legal compliance.

Kris serves on Littler's firm-wide Management Committee, following her role as the office managing shareholder of the Philadelphia office. One of the office's founding members, Kris has also served on the firm's Associates Committee, the Client Investment Management Committee, and the Nominating Committee. She represents a number of Philadelphia-based social service agencies on a pro bono basis.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

National Association of College and University Attorneys

Member, Board of Directors

Uplift Center for Grieving Children

2015-present

Chair, Board of Directors

Uplift Center for Grieving Children

2019-present

Member, Board of Directors

La Salle Academy

2015-present

Recognition

Named, Lawyer of the Year

Philadelphia

The Best Lawyers in America©

2020

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2012-2020

Named, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA

2015-2020

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

Evaluating, Settling and Trying Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Cases in the #MeToo Era

Pennsylvania Bar Institute

April 24, 2019

Strategic Trial Decisions: Perspectives from Counsel and the Court

Pennsylvania Bar Institute

April 26, 2018

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

Goldilocks’s Settlement Conference: What Is “Just Right” for Your Case?

Pennsylvania Bar Institute

April 27, 2017

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

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

October 24, 2016

Roundtable Discussion: Best Practices for Effective Communication and Collaboration Among HR, Legal and the Business People

Philadelphia, PA

October 18, 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, 1987magna 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