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Kristi A. Nickodem

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Kristi Nickodem is an associate in the Raleigh office, focusing her practice on labor, employment, and workplace safety. Ms. Nickodem has experience advising employers on a wide variety of labor and employment issues, including employee separations, compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and various state wage and hour laws, the provision of reasonable accommodations to employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act, responding to citations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the provision of leave pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act and various state and local leave laws. As part of her practice, she also drafts handbooks, policies, employment agreements, and restrictive covenant agreements for employers.

Ms. Nickodem has helped represent employers in a wide variety of administrative and civil litigation matters, including authoring pleadings, motions, and legal memoranda in matters involving trade secrets, contractual breaches, discrimination claims, and wage and hour issues, Ms. Nickodem also conducts employment due diligence and advises on complex employment compliance issues arising in the context of mergers and acquisitions. She has experience advising clients in a wide variety of industry sectors, including healthcare, technology, financial services, distribution, and manufacturing,

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Nickodem served as a judicial extern for Judge John M. Tyson at the North Carolina Court of Appeals. She was also a summer associate at K&L Gates in 2015. Ms. Nickodem interned in 2014 for the Labor Section of the North Carolina Department of Justice. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Nickodem worked as an employment specialist for a global humanitarian organization.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Ethics Committee Co-Chair, Labor and Employment Section of the North Carolina Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Policies, Practices, and Pitfalls: Internal and External Investigations in the Employment Context,” K&L Gates “Under the Wire” CLE Seminar, January 2019.
  • Presenter, “#MeToo: How the Movement Impacts the Way Your Company Addresses Sexual Harassment,” K&L Gates “Under the Wire” CLE Seminar, February 2018.
  • Advised national manufacturer on responses to multiple OSHA citations.
  • Represented national technology company in connection with high-profile noncompete and trade secrets dispute.
  • Provided transactional assistance on employment matters relating to acquisition by private equity client of two leading providers of objective damage assessments for specialty and complex claims on behalf of insurance carriers across the United States. Conducted comprehensive review and redrafting of company policies for large IT consulting company with employees in multiple states.
  • Successful resolution of employer's breach of contract claim against former employee related to misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Assisted with defense of lawsuit against national beverage distributor relating to alleged unpaid employee overtime and employee misclassification.
  • Provided transactional assistance on employment matters relating to an investment banking and financial services firm's Series B preferred stock investment in a financial technology company providing credit analysis and capital sourcing to small- and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Obtained dismissal of charge of discrimination on the basis of national origin and disability by the Utah Labor Commission on behalf of a building supply company.
  • Conducted employment due diligence for transaction involving an ambulatory surgery center.
  • Provided policy analysis and developed legislative funding proposals for leading anti-human trafficking organization on a pro bono basis.