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Kristen Sinisi

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Washington, DC

Bernabei & Kabat, PLLC
1400 16th Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-745-1942
Fax: 202-745-2627
Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2022
Licensed in Washington DC Since: 2016
Practice Areas: Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

As a partner at Bernabei & Kabat, PLLC, Kristen Sinisi is dedicated to serving clients with employment litigation needs. She handles employment litigation and civil rights cases for clients in Washington, D.C. and Maryland, focusing on statutory discrimination and retaliation claims and common-law claims arising in the workplace setting. She has handled employment-related claims, including discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract and whistleblower claims arising under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Dodd-Frank Act, False Claims Act, and Defense Contractor Whistleblower Protection Act, and the D.C. Whistleblower Protection Act.

Ms. Sinisi graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in criminology/pre-law. She earned her Juris Doctor, graduating magna cum laude, from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in 2011. In law school, she was the editor-in-chief of The Catholic University Law Review and was a judicial intern for Honorable John M. Facciola at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Upon graduating law school, Ms. Sinisi became an associate at Angino & Rover, P.C., in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Subsequently, she served as chief law clerk to the Honorable Dan Pellegrini at the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. She has been practicing law at Bernabei & Kabat, PLLC since 2016.

Ms. Sinisi was admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania in 2011, Maryland in 2015, and the District of Columbia in 2016. She is a member of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, The William B. Bryant American Inn of Court, and the National Employment Lawyers Association. She holds an "Excellent" rating from her peers through Avvo.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff


5 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2018 - 2022

About Kristen Sinisi

First Admitted: 2011, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:


  • MS Leadership Class Award  

Bar/Professional Activity

  • District of Columbia, 2016
  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Ass'n, Member, 2016 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member, 2017 - Present  
  • Pennsylvania, 2011  
  • Maryland, 2015
  • The William B. Bryant American Inn of Court, Barrister, 2016 - Present

Educational Background

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Cook Honors College, Honors: summa cum laude, 2008

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • This presentation discussed three major sanctions awards that the panelists received against defendants in cases in the District of Maryland and the Eastern District of Virginia. The panelists explained their legal strategies, and strategies practitioners could use to build a record and seek potential sanctions in their cases.Speakers:Alan Kabat, Partner, Bernabei & Kabat, PLLC - Lauren Khouri, Partner, Correia & Puth- Jonathan Puth, Partner, Correia & Puth- Kristen Sinisi, Partner, Bernabei & Kabat, PLLC Moderator: - Michal Shinnar, Senior Associate, Gilbert Employment Law, P.C. , Speaker, Winning Discovery Sanctions in Federal Court Litigation, 2021
  • This article discusses both the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank whistleblower provisions and examine their key points, meaningful differences, and critical unresolved issues in need of further development., Co-author, Navigating the Nuances of Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claims, The Practical Lawyer, 2019
  • Americans are used to thinking that the American legal system was developed separately from its origins in Great Britain's common law system. However, the parallel developments of protections for whistleblowers and development of requirements for corporate governance reveal more similarities than differences., Co-author, Navigating Whistleblower Protections Across The Atlantic, Law 360, 2017
  • We work on employment cases where women are routinely underpaid — and we know what happens when a company changes its practices., Co-author, There is a way to solve equal pay discrimination. We know because we’ve seen it., The Independent, 2021
  • Worldwide, more than 3 million people have died of COVID-19 since the inception of the pandemic, and the virus has infected over 140 million people. As of April 20, 2021, more than 910 million doses of the vaccine had been administered across 156 countries, at a rate of about 16.3 million doses per day.1 As the vaccine becomes more-widely available, employers have started to transition their employees back to the workplace. In deciding how—and when—to return to the workplace, employers must consider federal guidance, state regulations, and industry-specific guidelines. It is clear that many of the changes brought about by the pandemic, including flexible work schedules and telework, are here to stay., Co-author, The Future of Work Post-COVID-19, 2021
  • Speakers on the motion to dismiss panel discussed how to draft complaints that best meet pleading standards, the requirements of the plausibility standards at the pleadings stage, and how attorneys on both sides can make their pleadings and motions practice more effective., Panelist on Motions to Dismiss Panel, Motions Practice in Employment Cases filed in Maryland's Federal Court, MWELA, 2020
  • What's Next For Whistleblowers? , The National Law Journal, 2016
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Office Location for Kristen Sinisi

1400 16th Street NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-745-1942

Fax: 202-745-2627

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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