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Kristin Seifert Watson


Kristin Seifert Watson was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and is the daughter of a steelworker and a teacher. She developed an interest in advocating for working people at a young age, and has dedicated her career to advancing and protecting the rights of workers. Kristin practices regularly in the federal and state courts of Ohio, as well as before the National Labor Relations Board and other state and federal agencies.

Areas of Practice

Litigation, Private Sector Labor, Public Sector Labor, Taft-Hartley Benefit Funds

Representative Cases


Caterpillar Logistics, Inc. v. NLRB, 835 F.3d 536 (6th Cir. 2016)

  • Provided first-chair representation of the Union at NLRB trial wherein the Board found that the Employer committed multiple unfair labor practices during a Union organizing campaign. Handled the appeal wherein the NLRB decision was enforced.


Emswiler v. CSX Transportation, Inc., 691 F.3d 782 (6th Cir. 2012)

  • Secured summary judgment and handled appeal affirming that judgment in favor of Union against Plaintiff’s claim for breach of the duty of fair representation under the Railway Labor Act.


Werner v. Ford Motor Co., 482 F. Supp. 3d 666 (S.D. Ohio 2020).

  • Secured summary judgment on behalf of Union because of the Plaintiff’s failure to exhaust internal Union remedies in hybrid breach of contract/breach of duty of fair representation case brought under Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act of 1947.


Thomason v. Amalgamated Local No. 863, 627 Fed. Appx. 488 (6th Cir. 2015).

  • Secured summary judgment and handled appeal affirming that judgment in favor of Union on claim brought under Title I of the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959.


Arp v. Whirlpool Corporation et al., Case No. 3:12 CV 770 (N.D. Ohio Judge Zouhary).

  • Represented a class of Union retirees in an action under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 wherein a class settlement was reached that provided compensation for Employer errors in calculating pension service.




The Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio, 2004

Juris Doctor

Honors: With Honors

Honors: Moritz Scholar


The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 2001

Bachelor of Arts

Honors: Summa Cum Laude

Major: Psychology


Bar Admissions


Ohio, 2004

United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 2005

United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 2007

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2009

United States Supreme Court, 2012


Professional Associations and Memberships


AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance, 2005 – Present

Board Member 2020-2023

Central Ohio Labor Relations Association – 2010-Present


Thought Leadership


Rules, Rules and More Rules? Rulemaking and Other Developments in Representation Under the Act. Ohio State Bar Association, December 2019


Access to Employer Property, NLRB Update: Can’t Help but Wonder Where We’re Bound, Ohio State Bar Association, December 2017


Moderator, Annual NLRB Update, AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance Conference, May 2016


Card Checks and Other Legislative Hot Buttons, Columbus Bar Association, September, 2009


HIPAA: The Basics, Common Pitfalls and Practical Advice, Mid-Ohio District Nurses Association, August, 2009