US Director of Business Development
Kristen is the US Director of Business Development for DLA Piper LLP. In this role she is responsible for managing a 10-person business development team across the US. She also continues to build and manage pipelines for key client prospects and actively cultivates her referral networks in the Phoenix and Seattle markets to drive revenue for the firm.
Kristen regularly represents the firm at industry and business community events and is an active member of the Association of Corporate Growth and Financial Executives International.
Kristen has held several positions in various law firm departments over the past 20 years. From Marketing Manager at an 80-lawyer insurance defense firm and founding member of the Arizona LMA Chapter to Director of Legal Recruiting, interim Executive Director and Regional Office Administrator of a global law firm. She also spent two years running her own consulting firm advising lawyers, bankers, CRE executives and wealth managers on business development.
In addition to her professional work, Kristen is avid about giving back to the community. She served on the 2017 NCAA Final Four Local Organizing Committee, was a major fundraiser for the National Kidney Foundation through her participation as a “celebrity” dancer for its Dancing with the Stars event, and is actively involved with Special Olympics Arizona, chairing its largest fundraising event - Breakfast with Champions. She previously served on the boards of the Scottsdale League for the Arts and Girls Ranch Inc. of Arizona.
Kristen is a graduate of Colorado State University.