Kristin McGaver Sikora

Associate

Overview

Kristin McGaver Sikora is an associate with Foley & Lardner LLP. She is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice, Consumer Law, Finance & Class Action Group, and the Manufacturing Sector.

Consumer Product Safety Practice - Kristin regularly advises and represents manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of consumer and industrial products in all areas of their business. Kristin assists companies with developing best practices for their products. From advising on good manufacturing practices, regulatory compliance programs, and supply chain protocols, to developing compliant marketing plans and labeling strategies, Kristin works with companies seeking to market new products or those looking to improve existing practices for products that have been on the market for years. Kristin has experience working with testing labs and regulators (including the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”), FDA, FTC, Health Canada, and others) to certify or demonstrate regulatory compliance. In this capacity, Kristin advises companies through global and U.S. product recalls and remediation plans when recall is not necessary and assesses regulatory compliance for due diligence and deal purposes.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution – Kristin has experience assisting clients in a range of complex litigation matters, including contract disputes, distribution and franchise litigation, intellectual property disputes, and antitrust litigation in federal and state court and in arbitration. Kristin also has experience conducting internal investigations and representing clients in connection with government/regulatory investigations and enforcement actions.

Clerkship/Government Service

Kristin was a law clerk for the Honorable Harry D. Leinenweber, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. During law school, Kristin was a student attorney with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in its mental health division in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was also a judicial extern for the Honorable John R. Tunheim, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Education

Kristin earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 2017), where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. She served as a research & managing editor on the Minnesota Law Review and as a legal writing instructor for first year law students. She was also a member of the Litigation and Trial Advocacy Group, Mock Trial Team, and Law Council. She is a recipient of the Dean’s Distinguished Scholarship, 3M Scholarship, and Mondale Hall Engagement Award.

She graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A., 2013), where she majored in political science, sociology, and legal studies.

Selected Publications

  • Co-author, “Recent Activity on Infant and Child Safety,” Manufacturing Industry Advisor (October 7, 2021)
  • Co-author, “CPSC’s New Standard on the Flammability of Upholstered Furniture Now Effective.” Manufacturing Industry Advisor (July 6, 2021)
  • Co-author, “CPSC Takes First Step to Expand Enforcement,” Consumer Class Defense Counsel (April 21, 2021)
  • Co-author, “The CPSC Digs In on Artificial Intelligence,” Consumer Class Defense Counsel (March 31, 2021)
  • Co-author, “Consumer Product Companies Beware! CPSC Expected to Ramp up Enforcement of Product Safety Regulations,” Consumer Class Defense Counsel (February 24, 2021)
  • Author, “Say Goodbye to Net Neutrality: Why FCC Protection of the Open Internet Is Over,” LawSci Forum (May 3, 2017)
  • Author, “Getting Back to Basics: Recognizing and Understanding the Swing Voter on the Supreme Court of the United States,” 101 MINN. L. REV. 1247 (February 2017)

 Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Insights

Recent Activity on Infant and Child Safety
07 October 2021
Manufacturing Industry Advisor
CPSC’s New Standard on the Flammability of Upholstered Furniture Now Effective
06 July 2021
Manufacturing Industry Advisor
CPSC Takes First Step to Expand Enforcement
21 April 2021
Consumer Class Defense Counsel
The CPSC Digs In on Artificial Intelligence
31 March 2021
Consumer Class Defense Counsel