Kristi focuses her practice on the areas of ERISA and employee benefits, employment and labor law, and business and finance. She reviews and consults on a variety of qualified plan issues, including drafting, revising, and terminating 401(k) plans, profit sharing plans, ESOPs and pension plans. Kristi also assists plan sponsors in evaluating and cost-effectively resolving a wide range of plan failures, including drafting complicated correction applications under the IRS Voluntary Correction Program when necessary. She advises plan sponsors and others on a variety of employee benefits and qualified and non-qualified plan issues, including those related to mergers and acquisitions, trusts and estates (in particular with respect to required minimum distributions), welfare plan compliance (including ACA), and Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, among other aspects of employment law.

Prior to practicing law, Kristi was an English Language Center faculty member at Brigham Young University, where she taught English as a second language to adult international students and oversaw the second language writing curriculum.

When she is not at work, Kristi enjoys an active life. She is an avid Arizona Wildcats fan, and enjoys hiking and running. She also loves spending time with her family and is an avid reader.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Duke University School of Law
  • M.A. Brigham Young University
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Utah State University

Areas Of Practice

Our business and finance attorneys represent national, regional and local clients participating in significant transactions.

Our attorneys practicing in the employment and labor relations area advise and defend management in virtually all aspects of the employment relationship.

We have an extensive practice counseling employers on all aspects of employee benefits.  

Fennemore has one of the most robust estate and trust litigation practices in the Southwest and California.

Welcome to one of the largest and most sophisticated estate planning practices in the Southwest and California.

Thoughtful and careful preparation of estate plan documents is key to wealth preservation and transition. Proper implementation and diligent administration are equally critical.


  • Estate Planning
  • Private Client and Wealth Preservation

Awards and Honors

  • Southwest Rising Stars®, Employee Benefits, 2021

Articles and Presentations

Professional and community activities

  • President, Western Pension and Benefits Council, Phoenix Chapter


  • Arizona