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Nationally Acclaimed Litigator, National Television Commentator, Women’s Right’s Advocate, Social Justice & Human Rights Advocate, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advocate
Kristen is widely regarded as one of the Nation’s leading litigators in the fields of sexual abuse and civil rights as well as an outspoken advocate for social justice. When she is not in the courtroom, Kristen regularly provides expert commentary on high-profile trials and legal and civil rights issues for international and national media outlets alike, including ABC, BBC, CBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC, and NPR. Read More >
Kristen M. Gibbons Feden has proven herself to be fearless when fighting for survivors against high profile offenders and large institutions. Christened by the New York Times as “The Prosecutor Who Stared Down Bill Cosby,” Kristen is internationally recognized as a leading litigator in the #MeToo Movement. Nationally acclaimed as a fierce litigator, Kristen has represented numerous sexual abuse survivors in their pursuit of civil justice and received a multitude of awards for her tireless work with the most vulnerable survivors, many of whom were in their darkest moments when they sought her out.
While her, now famous, closing argument in the second trial of Commonwealth v. William H. Cosby put her in the international spotlight, Kristen has always been dedicated to fighting for victims of sexual abuse both in and out of the courtroom. Kristen began her work with victims as a prosecutor in Montgomery County, where she served as Captain of the Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse Units and member of the Sex Crimes Unit. In that role she successfully litigated scores of cases to verdict, including trials involving sexual and physical abuse, domestic violence, and homicide. While a prosecutor, Kristen received multiple commendations for her courtroom successes and efforts on behalf of survivors. By taking many cases to trial that others would not, Kristen demonstrated her dedication to survivors, time and time again.
Outside of the courtroom, Kristen provides a powerful voice for victims nationwide. Kristen has traveled internationally speaking out and fighting for changes in the law and in our societies’ understanding of the dynamics of sexual violence, the effects of sexual trauma on survivors, societal inequality, and the struggle for social justice. She has been recognized by numerous victim’s rights organizations around the country for this work.
Kristen is also a proud member of various Boards and Court Appointments, including being a Board Member of AEquitas, a national resource center for law enforcement investigating and prosecuting sex trafficking and other sex crimes; the Vice President of the Montgomery County’s Victim’s Services Center; and a Member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Criminal Procedural Rules Committee. Her expertise is also frequently called upon by various advocacy groups to present and provide keynote speeches. Feden is also an adjunct professor at the Temple University Beasley School of Law and occasionally teaches in the top-ranked Temple LLM program in Trial Advocacy.
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Meet the Prosecutor Who Pressed for Charges Against Bill Cosby Before #MeToo | CBS This Morning
Kristen discusses the impact of activist movements that have galvanized marginalized communities to stand together against the violence and social injustice that has plagued our country. Kristen analyzes these issues through the lens of the State v. Chauvin, for which she provided National television coverage of throughout the trial.
With a vision of justice for all, Kristen discusses the credibility gap, how achieving credibility, particularly in school, the workplace, and various institutions, can be quite different and increasingly difficult depending on your gender, as well as your race. Kristen deftly explains how credibility is the universe of judgments and decisions made at the highest levels of professional leadership that, while nominally merit based, are, in reality often incredibly subjective and open to a slew of unconscious biases that disproportionately affect women and people of color. In discussing these topics, Kristen weaves in personal and professional experiences and discusses professional motivational strategies and effective solutions to overcoming the credibility gap, being seen as an effective and competent lawyer, and paving the way for others.
Kristen seamlessly connects the glass-ceiling in the workplace, that artificially suppresses the advancement of women and minorities, to the acceptance of “rape myths” in the legal sphere. She discusses how historical institutions are formed around a culture that diminishes minorities and elevates white-male power structures. Kristen then examines how this leads to “meritorious” measurements that are anything but meritorious and reinforce minority suppression while barring marginalized communities from finding opportunity and justice.
Kristen, one of lead prosecutors in the Commonwealth v. Cosby trials, engages audiences in a discussion about prosecuting, what many have described as, the first major trial of the “Me To” era. She goes into the nuts and bolts of the trial, while stepping back at times to look at societal and cultural issues impacting this high-profile trial.
"Kristen’s presence on stage was extremely powerful and she commanded it well. We had countless participants share how impactful her talk was and how it inspired them. Overall, APB and Kristen were a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend others to consider bringing Kristen to an event!”
“It was a great event. Kristen did a beautiful job. We’re very happy with it.”
“I’ve had the pleasure of presenting with Kristen and watched a number of her other presentations. She is as knowledgeable, engaging, and enthusiastic a lawyer and a presenter that you will find. I strongly, strongly recommend Kristen, and any of her discussions or presentations!”
“Kristen Feden is a powerful voice for advocacy and human rights!”
“Kristen is inspiring, insightful, and trusted expert. She is an advocate for justice moving those who hear her speak to action!”
“Kristen is an incredibly powerful speaker and the best part is that she speaks completely from her heart. She truly believes in the important messages she delivers!”
“Kristen is a dynamic and compelling speaker and lawyer who engages audiences and jurors alike, with authenticity and skill.”
"Kristen's passion for helping victims shines through in every presentation she gives. Truly inspiring!"”
"I attended a virtual CLE where Kristen presented on case evaluation and investigation of sexual assault claims. She not only came across as a master of this area of law, but she was also approachable, kind, and willing to share her knowledge with other attorneys. I left that presentation knowing that I immediately needed to connect and learn from her.”
“Kristen Feden has a killer combination of intelligence, empathy, and realness that is unmatched. Hearing Kristen speak feels like you are simultaneously chatting with a good friend and getting advice from one of the top people in the field.”
“Kristen and I hosted a panel together. She’s well organized and was great to host with. I truly hope to work with her again in the future.”
“Kristen Gibbons is a dynamic, empathic, incredible attorney and speaker who has changed the lives of thousands!”
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