Kristin M. Hadgis represents businesses in complex commercial, class action, retail, and product-related litigation in US state and federal courts, including appeals. She represents clients in a wide range of industries, including financial services, retail, pharmaceutical and medical device, with particular emphasis on the unique issues facing retailers and other consumer-facing companies. Kristin also focuses her practice on privacy and data security matters, and regularly advises and represents clients in connection with these issues.
Kristin handles all aspects of litigation, from pretrial motions through trial and post-trial appeals. She represents and counsels clients with respect to privacy and data security laws and related requirements, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), US federal and state Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM Act) laws, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules, the Securities and Exchange Commission privacy regulations (Reg. S-P), the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
In the retail industry, she routinely advises clients on a variety of legal, regulatory, and operational matters including data collection and privacy. She works closely with retail clients launching online programs to ensure compliance with all relevant consumer and privacy laws. She counsels retail clients on gift cards, loyalty programs, marketing and advertising, and eRecycling registration and requirements. She also advises clients on privacy and data security compliance and has handled data breach events.
In the financial services sector, she has represented a national financial services company in consumer actions brought by state attorneys general and individuals, and a national insurance company in a federal investigation. In the healthcare industry, Kristin’s experience includes representing multinational pharmaceutical companies in attorney general litigation in state and federal courts, as well as in federal and state investigations.
She is a member of the firm’s retail and privacy and cybersecurity practices as well as its class action working group. A contributor to the firm’s chapter in the leading treatise Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, she also authors articles on defending class actions.
In her pro bono practice, Kristin represents children in dependency proceedings through the Support Center for Child Advocates.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Kristin clerked for Judge Timothy R. Rice of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. While attending law school, she was a legal extern for Judge Juan R. Sanchez in the same court.
Ms. Hadgis’s recent experience includes:
Advised independent nonprofit trust on data sharing and data privacy compliance.
Advised app developer regarding privacy compliance for development of virtual assistant.
Counseled companies facing data breach incidents.
Advised federal agency on identity theft protection and credit monitoring services.
Counseled national retailers on buying club compliance for new online programs.
Successfully defended bottled water manufacturer against claims that bottled water products failed to warn of risks associated with fluoride on federal preemption grounds.
Represented a multinational pharmaceutical company in attorney general litigation in state and federal courts, including appeals.
Represented multinational pharmaceutical companies against states’ attorneys general in declaratory judgment actions seeking relief under state and federal due process and separation of powers provisions.
Represented a medical device manufacturer in product liability cases concerning drug pumps, pace makers, and insulin pumps.
Defended a national chemical company in its defense of a complex post-acquisition indemnification lawsuit seeking more than $800 million of damages.
Advises retail companies on a variety of operational matters including gift cards, loyalty programs, advertising, and eRecycling registration and requirements.
Represented a national insurance company in a federal government investigation.
Villanova University School of Law, 2008, J.D., Magna Cum Laude
Franklin & Marshall College, 2003, B.A.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Clerkship to Judge Timothy Rice of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (September 2008 - April 2009)
Awards and Affiliations
Named 2014 Pennsylvania Product Liability Department Of The Year by The Legal Intelligencer