Biography

Kristen is a seasoned immigration attorney. She represents individuals and businesses in all facets of immigration law, including family, employment, asylum and deportation matters.

A native of north central Pennsylvania, Kristen understands the issues immigrants face because she has lived them. She has experienced cultural differences while living abroad and is married to a naturalized U.S. citizen. She represents clients with compassion, tenacity and an emphasis on cost-conscious, personal service.

Kristen frequently lectures on immigration topics such as “Know Your Rights” seminars and appears on media panels and local NPR-affiliated radio station broadcasts as a knowledgeable source on immigration law. She also advises general practice and criminal defense attorneys on immigration issues.

Along with the Pittsburgh office, Kristen also conducts her practice from the firm’s Business Center location in Muncy, PA

*Admitted only in New Jersey. Practice in Pennsylvania is strictly limited to immigration and naturalization.

Before Fox Rothschild

Prior to joining Fox, Kristen was a name partner at the boutique immigration law firm Schneck & Harley Immigration Law Group LLP. She started her immigration practice as an associate focusing on business immigration cases and previously worked in insurance defense litigation. Kristen has lived and studied abroad in Ecuador, Hungary and Mexico. She served as a law clerk intern for two judges in the Mexican State Appellate Court System in the civil and criminal divisions of the Guanajuato State Supreme Court of Justice.

Before launching her legal career, Kristen served as a consultant to the Organization of American States in Washington, DC, where she worked with ambassadors and diplomats in Latin American politics.

Beyond Fox Rothschild

Kristen was elected chapter chairperson of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), serving in this role from 2016 to 2017. She is currently a member of the City of Pittsburgh’s “Welcoming Pittsburgh” Steering Committee. Kristen is a member of the board of Casa San Jose, a community resource center in Pittsburgh that links Latino neighbors in need with resources to advance their welcome and integration into the Greater Pittsburgh community. She is also a board member of Thrive International Programs, a Williamsport, Pennsylvania-based nonprofit that equips people from diverse cultures to integrate. This organization was recently accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to offer immigration legal services to qualifying low income clients from the region.

In addition, she has volunteered as a pro bono attorney for local Citizenship Day initiatives, co-led an AILA Pittsburgh initiative to assist and advise immigrant travelers at the Pittsburgh International Airport on the Muslim Travel Ban and recently trained volunteer lawyers in a pro bono DACA clinic organized by multiple community groups.

International Coursework and Experience

  • Budapest, Hungary: Central European University
  • Paris, France: Dispute Resolution Institute & International Chamber of Commerce
  • Guanajuato, Mexico: Summer Law Institute & University of Guanajuato School of Law
  • Guanajuato, Mexico: Guanajuato State Supreme Court of Justice
  • Ecuador: Undergraduate studies