Kristi A. Hastings

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Assistant: Joanne Peterson

Practice Groups
 ●  Employment & Labor Law
 ●  School Law
 ●  Municipal

 

What Kristi’s Clients Say

  • “I have been impressed with the quality of the professional relationship I have developed with Kristi…that means a lot to me!  I have always been extremely pleased and satisfied with the service and assistance we receive from Kristi.”

  • “In 2012, there was an alleged bullying situation involving multiple students in our school district.  After gathering information about the situation, Kristi recommended a course of action for our district, assisted with that course of action, and developed a plan for the future.  This difficult situation would not have turned out as well had we not used Kristi.” 

  • “We have received very competent professional service from Kristi and other Pemberton associates.  The responses have always been timely and thorough.  We have moved all of our legal work to Pemberton.”

  • “The degree of knowledge related to school law and operations is a main advantage.  Also, the ability to work in a firm but positive manner has been the norm with Kristi.  Her ability to earn the trust of all parties has been appreciated.  In the area of contract negotiations, with Kristi’s help, we completed tough union contract negotiations in a couple evenings, rather than the two years the previous contract took to complete.” 

MSBA Certified Labor and
Employment Law Specialist
2014, 2015, 2016 Super Lawyer

Kristi Hastings is a partner at the Fergus Falls
office of Pemberton Law, and her practice
areas include representing public entities
(school, city, county, and township
employers), handling complex employment
litigation, human resources support,
negotiating collective bargaining
agreements on behalf of public employers,
defending public entities in litigation
matters, as well as handling the myriad
of issues that face public employers
on a daily basis. 

Kristi is a Board Certified Labor and
Employment Law Specialist by the
Minnesota State Bar Association. 
Less than two percent of Minnesota
attorneys have received this certification. 
Kristi earned her specialization in
March 2012 and has extensive
experience and training in employment law. 
She was named a 2014, 2015, and 2016 Super Lawyers by Minnesota Lawyer.

Kristi grew up on her family's dairy farm near Ashley, North Dakota.  She completed her undergraduate education at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks in 1998, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.  Kristi received her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2001.  Kristi began working for Pemberton Law as a legal clerk during law school before becoming an associate and later a partner. 

Professionally, Kristi has served as president and is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Fergus Falls 544 Education Foundation and is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Council of School Attorneys.  She also served as president of the Otter Tail County Bar Association and the Seventh District Bar Association.  In addition to serving upon these professional boards, Kristi is active in the community, serving on several local boards.  She is a past president and current member of the Fergus Falls American Association of University Women, a past member of the Board of Directors of Claire Ann Shover Nursery School, and a current member of Lake Region Healthcare Advisory Board.  She is a current member of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys and Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association.

Kristi, her husband Jason, their daughter Ava Lilly and son Dane have made Fergus Falls their home.  Jason also practices law in Fergus Falls.  In her spare time, Kristi enjoys creative endeavors as well as any activities that will keep her and the family outdoors.

AWARDS / HONORS 

  • Named a Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics two years in a row.
  • Named one of fifteen "Up and Coming Attorneys" in the state by Minnesota Lawyer.
  • Named Jaycees 2011 Outstanding Young Minnesotan.
  • Named 2011 AAUW Woman of the Year.
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Specialist (2012)
  • Named a 2014, 2015, 2016 Super Lawyer by Minnesota Lawyer

SEMINARS – POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

 08/2016     West Central Area Schools – Mandatory Reporting; The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act Refresher

08/2016     Fergus Falls Public Schools, iQ Academy – Mandatory Reporting

08/2016     Osakis Public School – NSFW (Not Safe For Work) – Social Media and Technology in the Workplace; The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act Refresher

 08/2016    Hawley Public School – Mandatory Reporting; The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act Refresher

08/2016     Frazee-Vergas Public School – Mandatory Reporting; The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act Refresher

08/2016     Sebeka Public School – Mandatory Reporting; The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act Refresher

08/2016     Fergus Falls Public Schools - Student Behavior K-5, 6-12; Communicating with Families K-5, 6-12

06/2016     Resource Training & Solutions – Can't We Just Keep It On the Field? [Non-renewing and Terminating Coaching Contracts]

06/2016     Resource Training & Solutions – That Isn't Fair [What Are "Unfair Labor Practices?"; How Are Unfair Labor Practices Remedied?]

06/2016     Resource Training & Solutions – Your Employee Did What? [A review of recent BMS awards] 

06/2016     Resource Training & Solutions – Get Off the Phone!  [Current Day Trends and Statistics; Ethical/Non-Legal Problems, Cell Phone Cheating and Distractions; Legal Problems, Sexting, Cyberbullying, and Furthering Criminal Activity; Constitutional Problems; Possible Solutions]

05/2016     Otter Tail County – Technology and Social Media Missteps  [At Work, Off-Duty, In Between, Social Media at Work, Social Media Off-Duty, Supervisors]

04/2016     Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development –  Managing for Performance [Performance Issues; Discipline; Termination; Discrimination; Harassment; Potential Legal Pitfalls]

04/2016     Workplace Trilogy:  The Legalities of Time, Money, and Social Media for Employers [Payment for Work; Terms and Conditions of Work; Not Safe for Work]

03/2016     Top 10 Mistakes Public Employees Make (and How to Avoid Them)

01/2016     Ethics – Technology – School Law

01/2016     Minnesota School Board Association – At the Intersection of Ethics, Technology and School Law

11/2015     Albert Lea Tribune, Austin Daily Journal, Freeborn County Shopper, Mower County Shopper – Minnesota Employment Law:  Everything you Need to Know to Avoid Costly Human Resource Issues and Keep Your Business Running Smoothly [Hiring Process and Best Practices; Wage and Hour Issues (FLSA Coverage, Exempt vs. Nonexempt); Workplace Issues (Discrimination, Harassment, Drug & Alcohol Testing, Union Organizing and Collective Bargaining, Workplace Investigations, and Maintaining Personnel Files); Overview of Unemployment Laws and Basics of Eligibility; Terminations (Best Practices for Handling Termination Process, "At Will" Doctrine, and Sales Representatives)]

11/2015     24th Annual School Law Conference – At the Intersection of Ethics, Technology and School Law

10/2015     Fergus Falls Daily Journal – Minnesota Employment Law:  Everything You Need to Know to Avoid Costly Human Resource Issues and Keep Your Business Running Smoothly [Hiring Process and Best Practices; Wage and Hour Issues (FLSA Coverage, Exempt vs. Nonexempt); Workplace Issues (Discrimination, Harassment, Drug & Alcohol Testing, Union Organizing and Collective Bargaining, Workplace Investigations, and Maintaining Personnel Files); Overview of Unemployment Laws and Basics of Eligibility; Terminations (Best Practices for Handling Termination Process, "At Will" Doctrine, and Sales Representatives)]

08/2015     Marshall Public Schools – Administrators Training [Hiring Process and Best Practices (Early Considerations, Veteran's Preference, the Interview, After the Interview, the Offer); Workplace Issues and Accountability (Discrimination, Harassment, Employee Conduct and/or Discipline); Best Practices for Handling Termination Process ("At Will" Doctrine, Teacher Terminations)]

06/2015     Lakes County Service Cooperative - At the Intersection of Ethics, Technology and School Law

04/2015     Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development – Minnesota Employment Law:  Everything You Need to Know to Avoid Costly Human Resource Issues and Keep Your Business Running Smoothly [Hiring Process and Best Practices; Wage and Hour Issues (FLSA Coverage, Exempt vs. Nonexempt); Workplace Issues (Discrimination, Harassment, Drug & Alcohol Testing, Union Organizing and Collective Bargaining, Workplace Investigations, and Maintaining Personnel Files); Overview of Unemployment Laws and Basics of Eligibility; Terminations (Best Practices for Handling Termination Process, "At Will" Doctrine, and Sales Representatives); "New" Laws for 2014 and 2015 (Women's Economic Security Act, Ban the Box, and What Might be Coming in 2015)]

02/2015     Minnesota School Board Association - Unfair Labor Practices

01/2015     Lake Country Human Resource Association – 2015 Employment Law Update [Minnesota "Ban the Box" Law; Minnesota Women's Economic Security Act (WESA); Background Studies for Facilities Licensed by the Department of Human Services; Common Wage and Hour Law Issues]

01/2015     Aitkin County – Hiring Practices (county specific) [Best Practices, Potential Legal Pitfalls, Preliminary Considerations, Job Descriptions, Screening Process, Job Offer, Post Offer Testing, Hiring, FLSA]

11/2014     Minnesota State Bar Association, 2014 School Law Conference – Why Can't We Just Leave It on the Field?  Non-renewing and Terminating Coaching Contracts

08/2014     Win-E-Mac Public Schools – The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act (anti‑bullying)

08/2014     Lake of the Woods Schools – The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act (anti‑bullying)

08/2014     Fergus Falls Public Schools – Staff Training [Student Discipline, School Fights, Private Property of Students and Locker/Bag Search, Gender Identity, etc., Access to Buildings by Children, Parents, etc., Data Privacy Review]

06/2014     Todd County Supervisors’ 2014 Legal Seminar [The Americans with Disabilities Act, The Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act]

05/2014     Todd County Supervisors’ 2014 Legal Seminar (various topics – employee probation, performance evaluations, discipline, criminal conduct, Loudermill hearings, termination, investigations, conflict resolution)

05/2014     Arrowhead Human Resources Association (Virginia) – Discipline:  Top 10 Mistakes Employers Make

03/2014     Fergus Falls Public Schools – Data Practices, How Child Custody Arrangements Effect Student Records Privacy

10/2013     Minnesota State Bar Associations, 22nd Annual School Law & Liability Conference – Best Practices in Working with Civil Rights Investigations (presented with Nancy L. Cameron and Mary Kay Klein)

08/2013     Minnewaska Area Schools – What Every Employee Needs to Know About Social Media

08/2013     Minnewaska Area Schools - Data Practices for Schools

07/2013     Minnesota Association of Charter Schools, 5th Annual Charter School Law Conference – Data Practice Guidance Regarding Educational Data for Charter Schools

05/2013     Breckenridge Public Schools – Harassment and Violence, Breckenridge Policy No. 413 (Staff Training)

05/2013     Breckenridge Public Schools – Investigations, Harassment and Violence (Administration Training)

11/2012     Minnesota State Bar Association, 21st Annual School Law & Liability Conference – Social Media and Technology:  New Uses, New Rules?

04/2012     Pennington County – Title VII and Minnesota Human Rights Act

04/2012     Pennington County – Law for Supervisors [Hiring, Interviewing, Performance Evaluations; Documentation, Discipline, Investigations; Policies, Unions, Termination; Human Rights Refresher]

02/2012     Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association – Workplace Investigations and Harassment

01/2012     West Central Counselor’s Meeting – What Every Employee Needs to Know About Social Media

01/2012     Fergus Falls Public Schools, MLK Day Staff Development – What Every Employee Needs to Know About Social Media

11/2011     Minnesota Telecom Alliance Office Managers & Human Resources Peer Group 2011 Fall Conference – Teleworking

08/2011     Minnesota Association of Townships Insurance Trust – DNR v. Cormorant Township

08/2011     Charter School Law Conference – Data Practice Guidance Regarding Educational Data for Charter Schools

06/2011     Fergus Falls Kiwanis - SmartPhones

06/2011     National Joint Powers Alliance®, Spring Team Meetings – Title VII and the Minnesota Human Rights Act

06/2011     National Joint Powers Alliance®, Summer Superintendent Conference – Pop Quiz

04/2011     Moorhead Public Schools – Americans with Disabilities Act

04/2011     American Association of University Women – Pay Equality

03/2011     Lakes County Service Cooperative – Boards – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

03/2011     Fergus Falls Telework Summit – Teleworking

03/2011     Alexandria United Way Non-Profit Employment Seminar - When “Smart Phones” Are Not So Smart

01/2011     Pennington County – Title VII and the Minnesota Human Right Act

10/2010     Region V, Minnesota Association of School Administrators – Allegations of Serious Misconduct by a Teacher

10/2010     MN Publishers – Minnesota Human Right Act - Employment

09/2010     Region V, Minnesota Association of School Administrators - Social Media

08/2010     Moorhead Public Schools Training – Minnesota Human Rights Act

02/2010     Verndale/Sebeka/Menahga Public Schools – Employment 201 [various topics]

09/2009     Lakes Country Service Cooperative, Leadership Skills Training – Legal Concerns – Open Dialog

08/2009     Lakes Country Service Cooperative, Leadership Skills Training – AREAS OF LIABILITY, An inch of prevention is worth a pound of cure. [Volunteer Board Members and Areas of Liability for Non-Profits]

07/2009     Lakes Country Service Cooperative, Leadership Skills Training – Employment Law Potpourri

05/2009     Someplace Safe Managers’ Training – The Problem Employee

05/2009     Morris Public Schools – The Problem Employee

03/2009     Morris Public Schools – The Discipline Jungle

11/2008     Tri-County Community Corrections – The Discipline Jungle

06/2008     Non-Profit Seminar – Managing and Disciplining the Problem Employee