Kristin M. Simpsen

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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 Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List” of trial lawyers and 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.

 

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Experience, Honors, & Awards

Representative Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of manufacturing client on two plaintiffs’ claims of race and disability discrimination, harassment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress by demonstrating that neither plaintiff suffered an adverse employment action.
  • 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 Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List” of trial lawyers
  • 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

Attorney Articles

Articles

DOL rescinds prior guidance on interns, adopts primary beneficiary test

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Department of Labor withdraws joint employer guidance

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

DOL: Most workers are employees, not independent contractors

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Texas court rules disabled employees must ask for accommodations

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Be careful how you treat employees after a complaint of harassment is made

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Don’t let medical absences cloud your judgment

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Court to employees: ‘Speak up’

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Tenth Circuit: Burden on employee to speak up about religious accommodation

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Update |

Hostile work environment: Context is key

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

New year, new rules

The Journal Record |

Surviving crackdown

The Journal Record |

Bad timing + bad e-mail = valid claim

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |
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At The Podium

Harassment in the Workplace: What Would You Do?

Oklahoma Human Resources Society Emerging Professionals
Oklahoma City, OK | March 29, 2018

EEOC Charges: What to expect when your company receives a charge of discrimination and how to prevent charges in the future

Oklahoma City Metro Employer Council
Oklahoma 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 future

Lawton Employer Council
Lawton, Oklahoma | April 18, 2017

OSHA and Drug Testing: Understanding new federal obligations on employers

EmployerLINC17: Back to Basics
Tulsa, Oklahoma | March 23, 2017

OSHA and Drug Testing: Understanding new federal obligations on employers

EmployerLINC17: Back to Basics
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 22, 2017

Workplace investigations

EmployerLINC 2014: In Compliance, Out of Court
Tulsa, Oklahoma | April 17, 2014

Workplace investigations

EmployerLINC 2014: In Compliance, Out of Court
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 16, 2014
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Admissions

  • Oklahoma, 2008
  • U.S. District Court for the Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
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Education

  • J.D., University of Oklahoma, 2008
    • Oklahoma Law Review
  • B.A., with distinction, University of Oklahoma, 2005
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In The News

Oklahoma Super Lawyers honors 113 McAfee & Taft attorneys in 2018 edition

October 11, 2018

Benchmark Litigation names Cole, Scaperlanda and Simpsen to ‘40 & Under Hot List’ of trial lawyers

July 3, 2018

EEOC warns against English-only policies

The Oklahoman | June 6, 2018

Labor Department issues guidance on breaks, travel time and garnishments

The Oklahoman | May 1, 2018

Labor Department provides new guidance on internship programs

The Oklahoman | January 10, 2018

Employment commission targets employers for pregnancy discrimination

The Oklahoman | October 5, 2017

Labor Department withdraws joint employer guidance

The Oklahoman | June 9, 2017

Federal court finds Title VII forbids sexual orientation discrimination

The Oklahoman | April 6, 2017

McAfee & Taft seminar draws large crowds looking for answers about new administration

March 24, 2017

Complex class action filings rose in 2016

The Oklahoman | January 26, 2017

McAfee & Taft elects six new shareholders

January 19, 2016

McAfee & Taft publishes video series from EmployerLINC2014 seminar

June 16, 2014

Annual seminar continues to draw more employers with timely practical guidance

April 18, 2014

Oklahoma’s stance on law choice may bring dangers for employers

The Oklahoman | 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
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