Kristen Reilly counsels financial institutions and other corporate clients in complex litigation, regulatory matters and other commercial disputes. Kristen has extensive experience in state and federal courts throughout the United States and is skilled at removing class actions, managing large-scale discovery and market-conduct exams, litigating certification motions, briefing and arguing dispositive motions, and settling nationwide class actions.

Kristen emphasizes alternative dispute resolution whenever appropriate. Her targeted guidance takes a comprehensive view of her clients’ overall operations. This level of engagement enables her to develop company-wide best practices that help avoid future litigation and ensure that current litigation decisions have a minimal impact on the company’s business.

Representative Experience

  • Leiner v. Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc., No. 15-cv-5876 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 31, 2017) (granting final approval of nationwide class settlement)
  • Crocker et al. v. Bluestone Innovations, LLC, (Va. Cir. Ct. 2016) (granting plea in bar and awarding attorneys’ fees)
  • Fleisher v. Phoenix Life Ins. Co., 18 F.Supp.3d 456 (S.D.N.Y. 2014) (granting in part summary judgment finding that Phoenix did not rely on impermissible factors in raising cost of insurance rates)
  • Fleisher v. Phoenix Life Insurance Co., 858 F. Supp. 2d 290 (S.D.N.Y. 2012) (granting motion to dismiss claims for violations of New York's General Business Law § 349, for breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and for declaratory relief in lawsuit alleging wrongful cost of insurance rate increase)
  • U.S. Bank National Association v. PHL Variable Insurance Co., No. CV 11-9517, 2012 WL 1525012 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 26, 2012) (granting motion to dismiss claims for violations of California's Unfair Competition Law and False Advertising Law, and for tortious breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing in lawsuit alleging wrongful cost of insurance rate increase)
  • Negrete v. Allianz Life Ins. Co. of N. America, Nos. 05-6838, 2011 2909246 (C.D. Cal. July 18, 2011) (striking plaintiffs' partial motion for summary judgment and barring plaintiffs from alleging un-pled UCL claims)
  • Abell v. Cissel, No. 09-0900 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. 2010) (judgment in favor of pro bono clients who were victims of mortgage "foreclosure rescue" fraud following three-week trial affirmed)
  • Public Service Co. of Colorado v. Mallon, No. CV 07-762, slip op. (Colo. Dist. Ct. Oct. 22, 2008) (dismissing count asserted under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act)


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois


American University Washington College of Law
J.D. cum laude (2005)

Pennsylvania State University
B.A. with distinction (2002)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

Kristen devotes substantial time to pro bono matters, including representing petitioners seeking to adopt foster children in the D.C. foster-care system and volunteering at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Association


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020 
  • D.C. Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2018
  • Recipient of “Dream Team Award” by Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, November 2019

Awards Methodology

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