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Kathy L. Krieger


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Throughout her career, Kathy Krieger has combined strong advocacy with a creative approach to problem solving and a deep commitment to social justice and the rights of working people.

Kathy L. Krieger has practiced labor and employment law for over 40 years, representing labor unions, individuals and non-profit organizations in matters arising under a wide range of federal, state and local laws.  A creative litigator with substantial appellate experience, Ms. Krieger prosecutes and defends complex cases at every stage of the civil litigation process, as well as in arbitration and administrative proceedings.  As a member of James & Hoffman, she enjoys the opportunity to provide high quality, cost-effective representation with personal attention to each client’s needs.  An important part of her practice is legal advice and support for organizing and workers’ rights campaigns.

Since 1996, Ms. Krieger’s responsibilities have included serving as an Associate General Counsel to the AFL-CIO.  From 1988 until 1996, Ms. Krieger was General Counsel of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.  Between 1979 and 1988, Ms. Krieger represented the Carpenters Union as staff attorney and Associate General Counsel.  Previously, Ms. Krieger had litigated for the federal government as an attorney with the Appellate Court Branch of the National Labor Relations Board.

Over the years Ms. Krieger has written for a variety of legal and labor publications, has presented at numerous legal conferences and institutes, and has also been active in labor and adult education, teaching courses and seminars for workers and labor leaders as well as community volunteers.  She has served on the Council of the ABA’s Section of Labor and Employment Law, the Board of Directors of the AFL-CIO Lawyers’ Coordinating Committee, the Board of Governors of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, the Farmworker Justice Board of Directors, and as a Presidential appointee to the NLRB Advisory Committee.  Ms. Krieger has been awarded an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating achievable by attorneys, and Lawdragon listed her as one of the 500 Leading Civil Rights & Plaintiff Employment Lawyers in 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023.

Ms. Krieger attended University of Michigan Law School and then New York University School of Law, where she received her J.D. in 1977, cum laude; she is a 1974 graduate, magna cum laude, of Yale University.  Ms. Krieger is a member of the New York and District of Columbia bars and is admitted to practice before numerous federal appellate and district courts.