Kristin Hendriksen

Kristin Hendriksen

Associate Attorney

Kristin Hendriksen graduated cum laude from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and is an Associate Attorney with The Prinz Law Firm. She assists individuals with a wide range of workplace challenges, including employment discrimination and harassment, wage and hour violations, and employment agreements and severance negotiations. Kristin also supports businesses with employment counseling, employment and business agreements, employment handbooks, and workplace investigations.

Prior to joining The Prinz Law Firm, Kristin clerked for the Honorable John A. Mendez of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. Through her clerkship, Kristin honed her legal writing and research skills on various civil matters, including Section 1983 litigation, Title VII claims, and contractual disputes.

Ensuring Equitable Employment


Throughout law school, Kristin externed at several federal agencies focusing on labor and employment, including the National Labor Relations Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She gained a thorough understanding of the National Labor Relations Act and Title VII by investigating and evaluating the merits of charges filed with both agencies.

Kristin also served as a member of the College of Labor and Employment while in law school, and was a member of Northwestern’s Labor and Employment Law Society.

Between college and law school, Kristin worked in restaurant operations in Boston and as an executive assistant on Wall Street. She saw first-hand the various financial and operational challenges faced by businesses and developed experience with issues of employee relations and workplace culture.

A Passion for Public Service


Kristin previously served as an Equal Justice America Fellow at Legal Aid Chicago, where she represented veterans facing housing insecurity. Kristin developed the skills of a seasoned litigator during this time by leveraging persuasive oral and written advocacy, detailed fact-finding, and favorable negotiation strategies.

While in law school, Kristin was a student-attorney in the Civil Rights Litigation Clinic, through which she advocated for prisoners subjected to solitary confinement. During that time, she assisted the clinic’s litigation efforts by contributing to briefs and preparing the clinic’s faculty for depositions.

Kristin became a certified mediator in her final year of law school through Northwestern’s Mediation Seminar and Practicum and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2010.

Since moving back to the Midwest, Kristin has enjoyed exploring Chicago with her two children and husband. When she is not at the Field Museum or Shedd Aquarium, she can be found running along Chicago’s lakefront or cooking with her family.

Education


  • Certified mediator, Northwestern’s Mediation Seminar and Practicum
  • J.D., Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, cum laude
    • Externships at the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    • Member of the College of Labor and Employment
    • Member of Northwestern’s Labor and Employment Law Society
    • Member of the Women’s Leadership Coalition
  • B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, American History and Child Development

Professional and Bar Association Memberships


  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Illinois affiliate
  • Northwestern Chicago Alumni Chapter

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