Kristen E. Prinz

Kristen E. Prinz

Founder & Managing Partner at The Prinz Law Firm

Kristen Prinz is an employment lawyer, business counselor, and founder of the Prinz Law Firm. She focuses on providing clients with strategic and cost-effective legal and business planning solutions to assist business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals in building and realizing their potential.

Ms. Prinz uses strategic planning and policies to protect businesses from liability in recruiting, hiring, onboarding, assessing and separating from employees. She has helped businesses launch, grow and thrive by leveraging their employee and business relationships.

The Experience to Protect Your Business

Ms. Prinz works closely with clients to ensure that their agreements, contracts, and written policies and procedures reflect the culture of the business and limit liability. She also assists businesses in implementing employment practices and training staff.

As a business owner herself, Ms. Prinz understands that employees are an asset with immeasurable value and risk. Her focus is on counseling clients to minimize risk and maximize growth. However, she understands that no amount of planning can eliminate all risk.

In cases where organization, collaboration, and strategy are not enough, Ms. Prinz employs aggressive litigation tactics in:

  • Contract disputes
  • Wage claims
  • Discrimination claims
  • Retaliation claims
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower claims
  • Shareholder disputes
  • General employment and business-related claims

She has litigated employment law matters before state and federal courts at the trial and appellate level; administrative agencies including the EEOC, the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Cook County Human Rights Commission; and numerous arbitration panels.

She recently served as first chair on a jury trial, obtaining a multi-million dollar verdict for her client on defamation and retaliatory discharge claims. Ms. Prinz’s appellate experience includes helping to advance the law related to non-competition agreements in Illinois by successfully arguing a case before the Third District Appellate Court.

The Prinz Law Firm recently won a restrictive covenant appeal and helped to clarify the law regarding non-competes in Illinois. Kristen Prinz presented the oral argument before the Third District Appellate Court: click here to listen to the Audio Clip.

Community Involvement

Ms. Prinz is involved in many professional and philanthropic organizations including:

  • YWCA Chicago, Advisory Council
  • Kurtis USA, LLC, Advisory Board
  • Chicago Mentoring Society
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, One Community Sub-Committee
  • Chicago Kent College of Law, Strategic Planning Committee
  • The Chicago Club
  • The International Women’s Forum
  • The Economic Club of Chicago

Ms. Prinz was appointed to serve as co-chair for the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women Executive Committee and the Illinois State Bar Association’s Women and the Law Committee. She was also selected in 2015, 2016, and 2020 as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers. To be selected for this award, you must be identified by your peers as being among the top lawyers.

Education & Professional Memberships

Ms. Prinz received her Juris Doctorate degree from IIT Chicago Kent College of Law with an emphasis in International and Comparative Law and graduated with Honors, cum laude. She was awarded a B.A. degree in English from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Ms. Prinz was also recently recognized as One of the Most Influential Women Lawyers by Crain's Chicago Business.

Her professional and bar association memberships include:

  • Chicago Bar Association, 2006
  • American Bar Association, 2006
  • Illinois State Bar Association, 2006

Blog Posts

See below for this attorney's most recent blog posts.

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  • 3 Ways Working from Home Can Improve DEI Efforts
    3 Ways Working from Home Can Improve DEI Efforts
    Posted by Kristen Prinz

    Vaccinations and low transmission rates mean many businesses can return to “normal.” This means many employees who have spent nearly the last eighteen ...

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  • The Top Three Pitfalls of Hiring to Increase Diversity and How to Avoid Them
    The Top Three Pitfalls of Hiring to Increase Diversity and How to Avoid Them
    Posted by Kristen Prinz

    Many companies are recognizing the lack of racial, ethnic, and gender diversity within their organizations and committing to increasing representation ...

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  • Employers Must Provide COBRA Subsidy Under the American Rescue Plan Act
    Employers Must Provide COBRA Subsidy Under the American Rescue Plan Act
    Posted by Kristen Prinz

    Beginning April 1, 2021, the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA” or the “Act”) will require covered employers to pay state or federal ...

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