Since establishing KSB Law more than a decade ago, Kirsten has been the driving force behind its growth and evolution. She is an experienced employment lawyer, investigator, and neutral having exclusively practiced employment law for 20+ years and serving as an arbitrator and mediator for 10+ years.
Experience with matters for both employees and employers has afforded Kirsten a unique dual perspective that has fostered her role as an investigator and neutral. Her practice is rooted in efforts to prevent, manage and resolve employment conflicts through training, compliance training, audits, investigations and alternative dispute resolution.
Throughout her career, she has handled a broad array of employment matters, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing and breach of contract claims and has litigated before state and federal courts and government agencies.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Employment Compliance & Training
Arbitrator, Commercial and Employment Panels, American Arbitration Association
Mediator, Mediation Panel, American Arbitration Association
Kirsten’s experience and professionalism has led to numerous legal leadership positions and recognitions, including two gubernatorial appointments and serving as President of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA).
She helped to lead the 2006 revitalization of NJWLA (which was on the brink of disbanding) to its present robust membership. Kirsten still serves on the NJWLA Board and remains dedicated to the advancement and retention of women in the law.
She actively publishes on employment law and gender equity topics, and regularly presents regionally and nationally on employment law topics, including conducting effective investigations.
Rutgers Law School, Rutgers University, Newark, 1995, J.D.
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 1992, B.A. with High Honors
Saint Dominic Academy, Jersey City, 1988
Admitted to Practice
State of New Jersey (1995)
United States District Court, District of New Jersey (1995)
United States Supreme Court (2019)
Appointed to serve on the New Jersey Council on Diversity and Inclusion Transition Committee, focused on opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses in the state (2017)
Appointed to serve as a Commissioner (with the advice and consent of the Senate), with the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC), charged with administrating public sector labor issues, unfair practices, mediation, fact-finding and arbitration (2007-2009)
New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2006-present; Past President, 2006-2008
Workplace Investigations Committee Co-Chair, Executive Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, 2017-present
New Jersey Supreme Court Committee, Women in the Courts, Member (Women of Color and Bar Education Subcommittees), 2014-2018
Sidney Reitman American Inn of Court, Bencher and Barrister, 2008-2012
Accolades & Recognitions
College of Labor and Employment Law, Fellow, 2016
Women's Initiative and Leaders in the Law (WILL) Platinum Award, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, 2016
Rated AV Preeminent through Martindale Hubbell*, 2013
Alice Paul Equality Award, Alice Paul Institute, 2008
Kirsten Scheurer Branigan Presidential Leadership Award (created in her name by NJWLA), 2008
NJ BIZ, Mover & Shaker in the Legal Industry and 40 Under Forty Award, 2008
Professional Lawyer of the Year Award, New Jersey Commission on Professionalism, 2006
Association of Workplace Investigators
American Bar Association (ABA), Labor and Employment Section, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, Workplace Investigations Subcommittee
New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor and Employment, Solo and Small Firm and Dispute Resolution Section
New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
*MARTINDALE-HUBBELL® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™ are an objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability. The rating is generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in similar areas of practice within the same jurisdiction and geographic location.