Kristin McGaver Sikora

Senior Counsel

Kristin McGaver Sikora

Senior Counsel

Kristin McGaver Sikora works with businesses to solve regulatory, compliance, and safety related issues. She also advises and represents businesses in complex litigation matters. She is a senior counsel in the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group, Consumer Law, Finance & Class Action Group, and a member of the Manufacturing Sector.

Regulatory Compliance and Safety Advising 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 United States product recalls and remediation plans 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.

Prior to joining Foley, 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.

Community Involvement

  • Donated hundreds of hours of pro bono representation to indigent community members in litigation.

Presentations and Publications

  • Co-author, “Is Your Product Really ‘Non-Toxic’ or ‘Biodegradable’? The FTC Weighs In,” Manufacturing Industry Advisor (May 23, 2023)
  • Co-author, “CPSC Finally Provides Regulatory Certainty on Clothing Storage Units,” Manufacturing Industry Advisor (April 20, 2023)
  • Co-author, “CPSC Provides More Guidance to Online Sellers & Retailers,” Manufacturing Industry Advisor (March 21, 2023)
  • Co-author, “Does Your Product Use HFCs? Are You Ready for a Phase-Out?,” Manufacturing Industry Advisor (February 6, 2023)
  • Co-author, “What Is Going On With Gas Stoves?,” Manufacturing Industry Advisor (January 27, 2023)
  • Co-author, “CPSC Focuses on Child Safety in the Home,” Manufacturing Industry Advisor (January 20, 2023)
  • Co-author, “The CPSC Promises Higher Civil Penalties and More Aggressive Enforcement,” Manufacturing Industry Advisor (September 1, 2022)
  • Co-author, “CPSC Presses Onward with Equity Action Plan,” Consumer Class Defense Counsel (July 22, 2022)
  • Co-author, “Top Legal Issues Facing the Manufacturing Sector in 2022,” Manufacturing Industry Advisor (July 6, 2022)
  • 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)
06 February 2024 Manufacturing Industry Advisor

Proposed Consumer Advocacy and Protection Act Could Remove the Cap on Civil Penalties the Consumer Product Safety Commission Can Impose

On January 25, 2024, Representative Jan Schakowsky and Senator Peter Welch introduced legislation to bolster the enforcement tools available to the Consumer Product Safety Commission for deterring violations of the Consumer Product Safety Act.
31 January 2024 Consumer Class Defense Counsel

A Spark in Regulation: Lithium-ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are the energy source for many consumer products, including electric bicycles and scooters.
28 December 2023 Manufacturing Industry Advisor

Two-Dimensional Barcodes: How 2D Could Change Retail

In coordination with industry, GS1 US—the nonprofit standards organization that oversees barcodes—launched an initiative dubbed “Sunrise 2027” that aims for retailers to be able to read 2D barcodes at points of sale by the end of 2027.
13 December 2023 Manufacturing Industry Advisor

Lying Is More Expensive than Telling the Truth — First Criminal Jury Trial of Executives Who Knowingly and Willfully Violated the Consumer Product Safety Act

On November 16, 2023, a federal jury in Los Angeles returned guilty verdicts against two corporate executives of a consumer product distributor for conspiracy to defraud the United States by obstructing the lawful functions of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
25 October 2023 Consumer Class Defense Counsel

New Requirements for Manufacturers and Importers of Consumer Products Containing Button Cell or Coin Batteries

The CPSC recently adopted comprehensive new safety and labeling requirements for consumer products containing button cell and coin batteries (or products intended to contain them) that have wide-ranging implications for manufacturers and importers of such products.
17 October 2023 Manufacturing Industry Advisor

CPSC Signals its Regulatory Interest in PFAS

On September 20, 2023, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a Federal Register Notice and Request for Information1 asking for public comment about the use and presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in “consumer products” under its jurisdiction (the “Request for Information”).