Kristin was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. She attended local schools and graduated from Reno High School. Thereafter, she attended the University of Nevada, Reno on a diving scholarship. She graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Economics. Kristin obtained her law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1994, graduating with distinction (cum laude). After law school, she was hired by Judge Mills Lane as a law clerk. After her clerkship, Kristin worked as a defense attorney and did divorce and civil litigation.
In January 2000, Kristin was hired as a deputy by the Carson City District Attorney’s Office. She rose through the ranks to a senior position, prosecuting all types of cases, from minor traffic violations to serious felony charges. She regularly advised law enforcement agencies regarding best practices and changes in the law and was part of an on-call rotation to address after-hours search warrants and other legal issues. Kristin also gained experience as a civil deputy, reviewing and revising contracts and representing various Carson City boards and commissions.
After ten years in the Carson City District Attorney’s office, Kristin was appointed to serve as the Juvenile Special Master by Carson City District Court Judges James T. Russell and James E. Wilson. In that position she made important decisions, on a daily basis, overseeing juvenile delinquency and child welfare cases. She regularly worked with Juvenile Services, the Division of Child and Family Services, CASA, various community counseling programs, and treatment providers to address the needs of juveniles and their families. She presided over juvenile and family dependency drug court programs and witnessed first-hand the positive changes that result from timely and appropriate interventions. Kristin’s experience in the juvenile system has forever shaped her view. She recognizes the value of each decision and the need to make a difference wherever she can.
In January 2014, Kristin was recruited back to the Carson City District Attorney’s Office to serve as the Assistant District Attorney, leading the Criminal Division and overseeing the work of the Juvenile Division. In this role, she has been involved in the prosecution of a number of high profile cases. Notably, she says some of her most important work in this position has been the prosecution of six defendants in the murder of Grant Watkins, the prosecution of Eric Buhl for the murder of a 2 year old toddler, the prosecution of Patrick Williams for distribution of child pornography, and the prosecution of John Aston who threatened Justice of the Peace, John Tatro.
Kristin is invested in this community and she has been a dedicated public servant for almost two decades. She serves as the treasurer for the First Judicial District Bar Association.
She lives in Carson City with her husband Jason. They met when Jason, a former Lyon County Sheriff’s deputy, was seeking assistance with a search warrant from the Carson City DA’s Office and Kristin was the attorney who was on-call to assist. The rest is history and are now they are busy raising two daughters together.
In addition to her public service work in the legal field, Kristin also gives back to children in our community. As an involved parent, Kristin volunteers her time to the PTA, the Carson Tigershark’s swim program, and as an instructor on the Junior Ski Program. She is also on the board of the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada.