Kristen E. Mericle is an associate in Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department. She focuses her practice on complex litigation matters involving commercial disputes and employment litigation. She regularly represents employers in a variety of matters, including cases involving allegations of harassment, retaliation, and discrimination. She also has experience counseling clients on personnel issues, assisting in policy development, and conducting internal investigations regarding employment matters and allegations of sexual misconduct. Kristen represents developers and commercial landlords in commercial tenancy matters. She practices in federal and state courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Kristen is certified by the SUNY Student Conduct Institute and provides investigating services under Title IX and student conduct policies. Kristen also has experience conducting intensive special investigations of fraudulent claims and misconduct.
Prior to joining Montgomery McCracken, Kristen was a law clerk at a Philadelphia law firm.
Kristen graduated from Villanova University’s School of Business with cum laude honors and was the captain of the Women’s Field Hockey Team. She earned her law degree from Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law where she served as Symposium Editor for the Environmental Law Journal and was a Teaching Assistant for Business of Professional Sports.
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- Panelist, “Careers in Law,” Villanova School of Business, September 2022
- Author, “Student-athletes as employees? A potential game-changer for college athletics,” November 2023
- Author, “First Jury Verdict in Football-Brain Disease Case Upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court,” October 2021
- Co-Author, “A Survey of State Standing Where Federal Standing Fails,” September 2021
- Co-Author, ““What’s it to you?” Supreme Court’s TransUnion v. Ramirez Opinion Limits Article III Standing for Class Action Plaintiffs in Federal Court,” September 2021
- Co-Author, “EEOC and OSHA Update Guidance on Key Considerations Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations,” June 2021
- Co-Author, “Philadelphia Requires Paid COVID-19 Sick Leave for Related Reasons,” April 2021
- Co-Author, “Onyshko Appeal Knocked Out by Pennsylvania Superior Court,” Sports Medicine and the Law, Spring 2021
- Co-Author, “Takeaways from the Onyshko Verdict: Win for NCAA, Loss for Plaintiffs, Draw for Others in Future Head Injury Cases,” Sports Medicine and the Law, Summer 2019
- Member, Board of Trustees, Wyoming Seminary
- Member, Large Firm Associate Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association
- Member, Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association
- Pro Bono Attorney, Philadelphia Supervision to Aid Reentry Program
- Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
- Villanova University
Student-athletes as employees? A potential game-changer for college athletics
November Author: Kristen E. Mericle Editors: Ashley R. Lynam and Kacie E. Kergides College sports are “overdue for change.” NCAA President Charlie Baker made the call for change in his […]
First Jury Verdict in Football-Brain Disease Case Upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
On September 1, 2021, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania rejected Matthew Onyshko’s Petition for Allowance of Appeal to revive his lawsuit against the NCAA. In 2014, Onyshko, a former linebacker […]
“What’s it to you?” Supreme Court’s TransUnion v. Ramirez Opinion Limits Article III Standing for Class Action Plaintiffs in Federal Court
The first Supreme Court decision to confront Article III standing in five years can be summarized in just five words: “no concrete harm, no standing.” If you missed the highly […]
EEOC and OSHA Update Guidance on Key Considerations Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations
As businesses seek to re-open and return to pre-pandemic work environments, employers should know that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and Occupational Safety Health Administration (“OSHA”) updated their guidance […]