Kirsten B. White
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“We are very pleased with the result Kirsten obtained and now have yet another [matter] for her to handle!”
~ Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Manufacturing Corporation

“You continue to provide top-notch legal representation and we are so grateful to have you on our side.”
~ Senior Assistant General Counsel, National Non-Profit Organization

“Thanks so much. Continue to be grateful that you are representing us!”
~ Director of HR, Manufacturing Corporation

“Thanks so much for handling this successfully for us.”
~ Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Financial Institution

Kirsten B. White

Of Counsel

“Kirsten truly listens to our concerns and takes the time to understand our business, which allows her to offer innovative, practical legal solutions to our most pressing labor concerns – a refreshing approach. She’s also eminently accessible, dedicated, and sharp. We feel fortunate to have her on our side."
~ Senior Assistant General Counsel, National Non-Profit Organization

Kirsten B. White is Of Counsel at Schwartz Hannum PC and a member of the Firm’s Labor and Employment and Education Practice groups. Kirsten prioritizes exceptional client service in her legal work, and her client-first approach emphasizes accessibility, responsiveness, and personal investment in meeting client objectives.

Kirsten counsels employers and educators on labor and employment law issues, focusing her practice on collective bargaining and matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Railway Labor Act (RLA). She represents clients in collective bargaining negotiations, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proceedings, and labor arbitrations, and counsels clients in connection with all aspects of labor-management relations and collective bargaining agreement administration.

Kirsten also counsels employers on compliance with a range of federal, state, and local labor and employment laws, including wage and hour issues and matters related to corporate transactions and workplace policies. She has significant depth and breadth of experience advising employers with respect to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and in the design and implementation of effective and compliant veteran hiring programs. Kirsten conducts internal investigations, including those related to sexual harassment, statutory compliance, and alleged employee misconduct, and advises organizations and high-level executives on the management and remediation of high-stakes workplace issues.

Kirsten also routinely advises independent schools, and colleges and universities, on all aspects of school operations, including responding to and investigating alleged student misconduct; employment and governance matters; student health and safety issues; collective bargaining and National Labor Relations Act compliance; and crisis management.

Kirsten frequently speaks as an experienced management-side labor relations practitioner at national and regional conferences and seminars for attorneys, human resources and labor relations professionals, and education leaders. She also conducts on-site trainings for executives, in-house counsel, and management on topics including compliance with policies and procedures, employee discipline and misconduct issues, harassment, and recognizing and reporting other types of misconduct.

Before joining Schwartz Hannum PC, Kirsten was an associate at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP in its Boston and Washington, D.C. offices.
From 2009 to 2013, Kirsten served as the Policy Director to Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden in the Office of the Vice President of the United States, and prior to attending law school, she worked as a clerk on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee staff of Senator Russell D. Feingold (D-WI). In these positions, Kirsten developed considerable domestic policy expertise, particularly in the areas of workforce training, veterans, education, and women’s health. Kirsten serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine.


The Vice President and Dr. Biden Visit U.S. Vets in Las Vegas - July 12, 2012, White House Blog  

Dr. Jill Biden Honors Winners of the Joining Forces Community Challenge - April 11, 2012, White House Blog

On Board the USS Ramage: Dr. Jill Biden Visits U.S. Sailors in Greece - April 28, 2011, White House Blog

Community Colleges Serving Veterans - April 21, 2011, White House Blog

San Antonio: A Community Joining Forces - April 14, 2011, White House Blog


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Labor Relations Boot Camp

Boston Bar Association College & Universities Employment Law Update

NBOA Webinar "Employee Participation Committees: Are You Dealing With A Labor Union?"

Boston Bar Higher Education Legal Conference

Massachusetts Bar Association's 39th Annual Labor & Employment Spring Conference


National Labor Relations Board Reverses Significant Obama-Era Decisions

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Kirsten B. White


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  • Middlebury College (2000)
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School (2007)


  • Selected as a Top Women of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2018)
  • Selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyers® Rising Star (2018)

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
New York

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Practice and Procedure Under the NLRA Committee
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association, Labor & Employment Steering Committee
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF)
  • National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) Labor and Employment Practice Area Committee
  • Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM)