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Christine N. Kearns

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Christine Kearns is a partner in the litigation group with a focus on employment and employment benefits disputes. She has successfully handled a wide variety of cases before federal and state courts, arbitration panels and administrative agencies relating to complex employment contracts, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, executive compensation, ERISA as well as claims of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Ms. Kearns has handled significant appeals before the Second Circuit, Fourth Circuit, District of Columbia Court of Appeals and Maryland Court of Appeals. Ms. Kearns also regularly counsels clients in managing difficult terminations and other employment actions to avoid resultant claims, conducts internal investigations of the most sensitive nature and utilizes mediation to achieve optimal results.

Ms. Kearns has been with the Firm since she completed law school. She served as Chair of Shaw Pittman's Recruiting Committee (1997–2000), as a member and Chair of the Partner Compensation Committee (2001-2002) and as a member of Shaw Pittman's Board of Directors (2001-2004).

Honors & Awards

2011 Washington's Top Lawyers, Litigation, Employment, Washingtonian (2009, 2011)


J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1987, Executive Student Writing Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
B.A., Duke University, 1982, cum laude


District of Columbia
State of Maryland


U.S. District Court for the Districts of Columbia and Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Fourth and Sixth Circuits, U.S. Supreme Court

American Bar Association; The Lawyers Club of Washington, D.C.; The Barristers


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