Kristen Ward Broz

Whether litigating a class action case or a complex mass tort, Kristen, as an associate at Hausfeld, strives to develop creative litigation strategies and case management solutions to successfully advocate for her clients. Kristen’s broad range of litigation skills and experience cover all stages of complex litigation—from initial case investigation, through filing, discovery, substantive merits briefing, trial, and appeal. Though her practice is primarily focused in the areas of mass tort and consumer protection, Kristen has significant experience litigating human rights, antitrust, financial services, and intellectual property cases. 

As Of Counsel to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (“PSC”) in In re Chinese Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation, Kristen has been instrumental in achieving multiple class action and aggregate settlements on behalf of her clients and class members who were injured by reactive Chinese drywall in their homes. She is one of the lead attorneys responsible for overseeing allocation of a $17.4 million settlement fund for class members with Venture Supply drywall. Further, as an integral part of the PSC’s efforts to obtain a class wide damages judgment against Chinese manufacturer defendants, Kristen recently served on a small trial team, which put forward evidence of approximately $500 Million in remediation damages to class members before the Honorable Judge Eldon Fallon of the Eastern District of Louisiana.  Kristen was one of the main brief writers tasked by the PSC with drafting substantive pre-trial and post-trial motions.  

As part of the team of attorneys leading the In re Honey Transshipping Litigation, which alleges that the defendants engaged in a fraudulent scheme to unlawfully import Chinese-origin honey, Kristen has played a critical role in developing litigation strategy, crafting legal arguments, and successfully negotiating a complex settlement. Additionally, the innovative Lanham Act claims pleaded in Plaintiffs’ Class Action Complaint recently survived a motion to dismiss.

Since 2012, Kristen has also been involved in MDL litigation against the Bank of New York Mellon, alleging damages to the firm’s client, Stationary Engineers Local 39 Pension Trust Fund and a class of consumers resulting from defendants’ practice of deceptively assigning fictitious foreign currency exchange rates to class members’ purchases and sales of foreign securities. On April 23, 2015, the Honorable Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the Southern District of New York granted preliminary approval to a settlement totaling $335 million on behalf of the consumer class. 

Kristen’s other representative matters include: In re South African Apartheid Litigation, alleging that defendant multi-national corporations aided and abetted the commission of crimes against humanity by the security forces of the apartheid regime, In re Fresenius Granuflo/Naturalyte Dialysate Products Liability Litigation, alleging that Plaintiffs suffered injury or death from the use of GranuFlo and/or NaturaLyte products during hemodialysis, and litigation against Trinity Industries for allegedly selling dangerously defective guardrail end terminals to states for installation on United States highways.

In 2015, Kristen was named to the Super Lawyers Washington D.C. Rising Star list for the field of Class Action / Mass Tort litigation. She is one of the primary attorneys responsible for investigating potential mass tort litigation for the firm and is active in several professional organizations, including the American Association of Justice, American Bar Association, and Women en Mass. For the last four years, she has served as administrator for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup Competition, run by the International Law Students Association.

While in law school, Kristen served as a research assistant to Professors Sonia Suter and Jerome Baron at The George Washington University Law School. Prior to joining Hausfeld, Kristen worked for over seven years at Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions as a teacher, teacher trainer, and Academic Coordinator. In her free time, Kristen loves being with her family and practicing yoga. In January 2015, she completed her RYS 200 Yoga Instructor Certification. 

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