Krista L. Mitzel is a seasoned employment attorney and human resources expert who works with a variety of clients from diverse industries. Krista has extensive experience advising, counseling and supporting executives and human resource professionals create preventative strategies in all areas of employment including employee relations, implementing new policies, trade secret protection, training and development, performance management, employee retention, complying with local, state and federal laws and regulations, and hiring policies, disciplinary actions and terminations. Krista provides clients with professional and individualized service, partners with companies to create comprehensive strategies on all employment, human resources, and risk management issues, and directs and manages all litigation matters to successful resolution.
Prior to founding The Mitzel Group, Krista worked for various prestigious employment law firms in the Bay Area including Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and Jackson Lewis LLP where she represented Fortune 50 clients. Krista has served as second-chair on a race discrimination trial, has secured multiple preliminary injunctions against former employees for trade secret infringements, and has negotiated multi-party settlements in both state and federal court. She successfully argued on appeal an ERISA long-term disability dispute before the 9th Circuit panel on behalf of New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (“NUMMI”) Disability Insurance Income Plan and Life Insurance Company of North America.
Krista is admitted to practice before all courts in California as well as the District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Central districts. She is also admitted to the Ninth Circuit.
Krista graduated from the University of San Francisco – School of Law in 2002. During her tenure at USF, she was a member of the Law Review staff and acted as the president of the Women’s Law Association. Krista was also a freelance writer for The National Jurist, where she published humorous accounts on law school life. Prior to attending law school, Krista graduated from the University of California at Berkeley where she studied English and Political Science. While at Berkeley, Krista received the California Alumni Scholarship, and was admitted into the Order of Omega Honor Society in recognition of her contribution to the local community and student life. In 1998, Krista worked on education and women’s health issues for Senator Dianne Feinstein in Washington, D.C. Her experience working with Senator Feinstein and other local politicians inspired her to attend law school and learn a skill that would allow her to give back to her community.
Krista is actively involved in a variety of local organizations including volunteering for the San Francisco Symphony and Bay Area chapter of the American Red Cross. She served as an adjunct profession at Golden Gate University Law School focusing on Legal Writing and Research. She is a frequent speaker at local trade shows and events and is a sought-after management coach and mediator.