Kristen Hermiz represents clients in complex multidistrict litigation in state and federal court. She also represents cities and counties, state attorneys general, and other entities in order to advance public health. Kristen also advocates for patients injured by dangerous and defective medical products.
Kristen currently represents multiple governmental entities in litigation against manufacturers and distributors of highly addictive opioid drugs. She also represents hernia patients in state and federal court who allege mesh repairs harmed them.
Kristen’s other clients include people who developed mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases caused by occupational, environmental or household asbestos exposure. On behalf of asbestos victims and their families, she has sued manufacturers, property owners and contractors who sold or installed defective or hazardous asbestos-containing products.
Prior to joining Motley Rice, Kristen was an associate for the Providence City Solicitor’s Office, arguing motions in various civil actions for the city of Providence and handling housing, zoning, employment and civil rights litigation.
A Roger Williams Scholarship recipient and CALI Award winner, Kristen served as a member of The Roger Williams University Law Review and was a legal intern for the Honorable Daniel A. Procaccini of the Rhode Island Superior Court. Also a judicial extern for the Honorable Jacob Hagopian of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, Kristen drafted judicial reports and made recommendations for pro se prisoner petitions. While in law school, Kristin was a law clerk for the Office of the Vice President & General Counsel at Brown University and a research assistant to law professor Edward Eberle and retired Rhode Island Superior Court Justice Stephen Fortunato. For retired Justice Fortunato, she researched statutory and case law for a constitutional law manuscript involving race, poverty, gender discrimination and civil rights reform efforts.
Litigation AreasAsbestos Exposure Medical Devices Public Client
J.D., magna cum laude, Roger Williams University School of Law, 2010
B.A., magna cum laude, University of Connecticut, 2007
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
Admitted to Practice Before
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, District of Rhode Island, and District of South Carolina
Rhode Island Bar Association
South Carolina Bar Association
Awards and Accolades
2020 Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers™: South Carolina