Kristen M. Gibbons Feden

Associate

kfeden@stradley.com

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Kristen Gibbons Feden

Overview

Kristen M. Gibbons Feden is a nationally acclaimed litigator and concentrates her practice on institutional responses to sexual and gender-based harassment and abuse, ethical concerns, discrimination, and other misconduct. Kristen represents clients in general and complex litigation matters, including sexual harassment, employment discrimination, and Title IX and corporate regulatory compliance, as well as clients in the financial services industry.

Prior to joining Stradley Ronon, Kristen served as Captain of the Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence Units, as well as a member of the Sex Crimes Unit at the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. As assistant district attorney of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, she regularly obtained convictions in complex physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, homicide, child pornography, elder abuse, financial exploitation, aggravated assault, and other cases; often assisting young and vulnerable survivors, including survivors with intellectual disabilities and survivors of incest. Kristen was and remains an active member advocating with various organizations to develop and strengthen effective strategies to combat violent crimes and reduce the overrepresentation of minority youth in the juvenile justice system. She is widely known as being a fair, compassionate and fierce advocate, and has been nationally awarded and recognized for her advocacy and litigation skills. Kristen’s most notable case was Commonwealth v. William H. Cosby, where she played a critical role in the first trial, which resulted in a hung jury, and the second trial where a conviction was attained. In both, Kristen drafted and litigated pretrial motions and questioned key witnesses. In the first trial, she delivered the opening statement, and in the second trial, she cross-examined key witnesses and delivered the closing argument.

Kristen began her legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. Garrett D. Page, a Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas judge who sat on both the criminal and civil bench. While in law school, Kristen was an editor for the Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review and a member of Temple Law’s National Trial team, winning the Capitol City Championship. Kristen also received numerous awards and honors during her tenure at Temple Law, including the Barristers Award, Best Oral Advocate Award, and induction in the Rubin Public Interest Law Honor’s Society for her significant contributions to public service. Upon graduation she received the Andrew Gay Award, for excellence in Trial Advocacy in the area of criminal law, and the Jacquelyn E. Davis Success Award, for her efforts and commitment towards public service.

Kristen is also an adjunct professor for Rosemont College where she teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate-level classes in the sociology department.

Before her legal career, Kristen worked as a Financial Analyst for Bloomberg, L.P. in New York.

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Representative Matters

  • Commonwealth v. William H. Cosby – (retrial) obtained conviction, drafted and litigated pretrial motions, delivered closing argument and questioned and cross-examined key witnesses
  • Commonwealth v. William H. Cosby – drafted and litigated pretrial motions, delivered opening statement and questioned key witnesses
  • Commonwealth v. Storms – obtained conviction in fatal church shooting resulting in defendant’s sentence of 10-20 years in a State Correctional Institution; delivered opening statement, questioned key witnesses and drafted motions
  • Commonwealth v. Yandamuri – obtained a double death penalty conviction in double homicide case; drafted motions and attended multi-week trial and all pretrial hearings
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Credentials

Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Education
  • J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • B.S., Lafayette College
Memberships

  • Board Member and Vice President of the Board, Victims Services Center of Norristown

  • Board Member, Philadelphia Academies, Inc.

  • Board Member, Cheltenham Police Athletic League

  • Board Member, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic

  • Board Member, Aequitas

  • Trustee, West Chester University Foundation

  • Fellow, British American Project

  • Diversity Committee, Montgomery County Bar Association

  • Women’s Ministry, Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown

  • 2019 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Class of Fellows

  • Compliance Committee of Mercy Healthcare System

  • Montgomery County Bar Association

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Criminal Procedural Rules Committee

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Subcommittees: Bail Reform, Pretrial Procedures, Juvenile Expungement Procedures

  • Safer Streets Task Force

  • Stradley Ronon Diversity Committee

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Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Assembly of Cities
  • Keynote Speaker, “Bringing Cosby to Justice: Investigating and Prosecuting High Profile and Cold Sexual Assault Cases,” Wisconsin Serving Victims of Crime Conference 
  • Speaker, “Bring Cosby to Justice: The First Conviction in the #MeToo Era,” National Sexual Assault Conference
  • Speaker, “The Fearless Litigator: Navigating Media Attention on High-Profile Cases,” Law&Crime Network and the American Bar Association’s Media Training Program
  • Speaker, “A Story of Survival: Commonwealth v. Cosby, Leading with Courage, Breaking through Barriers and Persevering,” Shabtai: The Jewish Society of Yale University
  • Presenter, “Fireside Chat with Kristen Gibbons Feden,” Pennsylvania Bar Association’s 26th Annual Commission on Women in the Profession Conference
  • Faculty Presentation, “Closing Arguments,” Temple University Beasley School of Law LLM Program
  • Moderator, “Implicit Bias,” Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Keynote Speaker, “Moving Beyond: We All Have a Voice,” Lafayette College
  • Panelist, “Everyday Activism: Stepping Up and Showing Up,” for I Will Not Be Quiet
  • Keynote Speaker, “Leading with Courage, Breaking Through Barriers and Persevering,” Chamber of Commerce of Greater Montgomery County
  • Special Presenter, Minority Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Speaker, “The Ultimate Act of Power & Control: Overcoming Common Defenses in Domestic Violence Homicide Cases; Commonwealth v. Cosby – Bringing Cosby to Justice: The First Conviction in the #MeToo Era; and Seizing the Opportunity: Cross-Examination of the Defendant in Current & Cold Cases of Sexual Assault,” Crimes Against Women Conference
  • Panelist, “Bringing Cosby to Justice: The First Conviction in the #MeToo Era,” 10th Annual Criminal Law & Forensics Conference
  • Presenter, “Credibility in the Law: Handling Allegations of Sexual Harassment and Assault,” Greensboro Bar Association Annual CLE Seminar
  • Panelist, “The #MeToo Movement’s Impact on Litigation, Counseling and Training,” Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Program
  • Speaker, “How Society Considers Sexual Assault Cases,” Shabtai: The Jewish Society of Yale University
  • Panelist, “Managing Your Work and Life Balance Part II – How I Can be a Judge/Lawyer and Still Have a Life?” Montgomery Bar Association Women in Law Committee CLE Program
  • Speaker, “Prosecution of Bill Cosby and the Importance of His Case in the #MeToo Era,” Evercore Wealth Management Wise Women Event
  • Panelist, “Time’s Up. How to Create Non-Complicit and Zero Tolerance Culture,” S.H.E. Summit
  • Panelist, “How Race Matters in the Adversary Process,” Tucker Law Group CLE: Standing on the Shoulders: The Black Philadelphia Lawyer
  • Speaker, “Sexual Violence, Harassment and Prevention Tactics and Techniques,” University of Pennsylvania Bloomers Comedy Alumni
  • Presenter, “Using Expert Witnesses,” Aequitas’ Expert Witness Testimony Training with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
  • Presenter, “The Global Child Abuse Epidemic with a Local Solution,” NALS of Pennsylvania 54th Annual Conference
  • Speaker, “Opening Remarks,” Laurel House 5K DASH Against Domestic Violence
  • Panelist, “Domestic Violence Town Hall,” Montgomery County Courthouse
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Recognition

  • Safe Homes of Orange County, Family Justice Center Award
  • Main Line Today, Women on the Move
  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Visionary Voice Award
  • Visionary Voice Award, Leadership Award
  • The American Lawyer, Litigator of the Week
  • The Legal Intelligencer, Lawyers on the Fast Track
  • Philadelphia Business Journal, Top 40 Under 40
  • Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Office Commendation
  • Montgomery Township Police Department, Unit Commendation
  • Upper Merion Police Department, Unit Commendation
  • Victim Rights Law Center, Leadership Award
  • Victim Services Center, Matty Muir Award
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star
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In The Community

Kristen is committed to pro bono work, volunteering her time as a board member and active participant in the Cheltenham Police Athletic League and as a member of the Safer Streets Task Force, a group focusing on engaging in activities towards enhancing a positive relationship between police and community. In addition, Kristen plays an active role in her church, Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown, where she serves on the Women’s Ministry, mentoring young women and planning events, and plays an active role with the Children’s Ministry.
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