Kirstie focuses her practice on complex commercial disputes. She has litigated cases in New York state and federal courts, which have included appeals up to the Appellate Division, Fourth Department. She negotiates settlements, both informally and through mediation, and has experience with arbitration. Kirstie has experience litigating contract disputes, disputes over ownership interests in closely-held businesses, disputes involving life settlements, anti-compete clauses, challenges under New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), challenges to administrative agency decisions, insurance coverage disputes, partnership disputes, and employment disputes. She has also litigated matters alleging liability under New York’s Scaffold Law, motor vehicle negligence, and medical malpractice.
Before joining Harris Beach, Kirstie served as a judicial extern to the Hon. Julio M. Fuentes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and to the Hon. Jonathan Feldman of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.She also served as publications editor of the Buffalo Law Review.