Kristin Simpsen is a trial lawyer whose practice is primarily focused on general civil and business litigation and labor and employment law. Kristin has second-chair case management experience involving the representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation matters, including contract disputes, insurance-related disputes, construction matters, and condemnation actions. She counsels and represents employers in all phases of labor and employment law, including litigation before state and federal courts, regulatory and administrative agencies. Her experience also includes advising clients on such issues as drug and alcohol testing, employee handbook and policy development, and wage and hour matters, as well as litigation avoidance and compliance with other federal and state laws.
Kristin’s achievements have earned her inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars,” which recognizes the state’s top up-and-coming attorneys.
In addition to her legal practice at the firm, Kristin serves as a volunteer attorney for Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, a nonprofit organization that uses the time, talent and resources of qualified pro bono lawyers and others to represent and assist children in various matters before the Juvenile Division of the Oklahoma County District Court.
- Defeated former car wash employee’s claims for wrongful termination and disability discrimination by demonstrating his employment was terminated for a legitimate business reason.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a rural hospital on claims of race, national origin, and age discrimination brought by a physician assistant.
- Obtained dismissal of claims of wrongful termination and retaliatory discharge, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent hiring and supervision brought by a former healthcare facility employee who was terminated for falsifying time records.
- Obtained a jury verdict on behalf of an Oklahoma landowner who sought just compensation in a condemnation case involving a 7.24-acre permanent easement taken by a public utility for the purpose of constructing a transmission system across the landowner’s property. The jury award exceeded the court-appointed commissioners’ award by 172%. As a result, the client/landowner was awarded its attorney's fees, appraisal fees and costs against the utility company.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of a manufacturing employer in a case in which the 11 employee plaintiffs sought overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act for having to wear pagers while on call.
- Successful second chair representation in an American Arbitration Association arbitration of property owner against architect on claims of breach of contract and negligent design.
- Obtained summary judgment on the issue of liability in a bailment case for property owner against storage facility which resulted in a favorable settlement for the client.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of a financial institution against a former employee's claims of wrongful discharge, defamation, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and unpaid wages under the Oklahoma Wage Act.
- Obtained summary judgment for a manufacturing employer on an employee's claims of a hostile work environment; race, gender, and age discrimination; and FMLA retaliation and interference.
- Successful second chair representation obtaining a jury verdict on behalf of landowners who sought just compensation in a condemnation case involving the partial taking by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation of a 3.6-acre tract of land located near the junction of two major interstate highways. The jury award of nearly $1 million exceeded ODOT’s appraised value by more than 55 percent.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a staffing company client in a suit where the plaintiff sought a declaratory judgment that the client was the alter ego of another entity. The plaintiff sought to hold the client liable for the more than a half-million-dollar verdict he recovered against the other entity for wrongful termination in state court.
Honors and Awards
- Named to Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars,” which recognizes the state’s top up-and-coming attorneys
Professional Organizations and Memberships
- Oklahoma Bar Association
Don’t let medical absences cloud your judgment
EmployerLINC.com | February 7, 2014
Court to employees: 'Speak up'
Oklahoma Employment Law Letter | November 2013
Tenth Circuit: Burden on employee to speak up about religious accommodation
EmployerLINC Employment Law Update | October 2, 2013
Hostile work environment: Context is key
Oklahoma Employment Law Letter | April 2012
New year, new rules
The Journal Record | December 29, 2011
Gavel to Gavel: Surviving crackdown
The Journal Record | July 7, 2011
Bad timing + bad e-mail = valid claim
Oklahoma Employment Law Letter | November 1, 2009
In The News
The Oklahoman | January 10, 2018
The Oklahoman | October 5, 2017
The Oklahoman | June 9, 2017
The Oklahoman | April 6, 2017
March 24, 2017
The Oklahoman | January 26, 2017
McAfee & Taft elects six new shareholders
January 19, 2016
Oklahoma’s stance on law choice may bring dangers for employers
The Oklahoman | April 18, 2014
Annual seminar continues to draw more employers with timely practical guidance
April 18, 2014
Performance review practices can affect their value in business
The Oklahoman | February 12, 2014
Religious accommodations left up to employee’s request
The Oklahoman | October 4, 2013
Same-sex partners and others are eligible for FMLA leave
The Oklahoman | October 8, 2010
At The Podium
EEOC Charges: What to expect when your company receives a charge of discrimination and how to prevent charges in the futureOklahoma City Metro Employer CouncilOklahoma City, Oklahoma | June 20, 2017
EEOC Charges: What to expect when your company receives a charge of discrimination and how to prevent charges in the futureLawton Employer CouncilLawton, Oklahoma | April 18, 2017
EmployerLINC17: Back to BasicsTulsa, Oklahoma | March 23, 2017
EmployerLINC17: Back to BasicsOklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 22, 2017
EmployerLINC 2014: In Compliance, Out of CourtTulsa, Oklahoma | April 17, 2014
EmployerLINC 2014: In Compliance, Out of CourtOklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 16, 2014