Kristen is widely-regarded as one of the Nation’s leading litigators in the field of sexual abuse.
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.
PRACTICE AREAS Sexual Abuse Civil Rights Victims of Crimes
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 and the effects of sexual trauma on survivors. She has been recognized by numerous victim’s rights organizations around the country for this work.
Kristen has a rare mixture of compassion and killer instinct. A dream come true for her clients, a nightmare for the other side.
Kristen is also regularly called upon for expert commentary on high-profile sexual assault matters by attorneys and international and national media outlets alike including CNN, CBS, ABC, Fox, NPR, and the BBC.
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.
Admissions Pennsylvania New Jersey U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Education Temple University Beasley School of Law, JD Lafayette University, BS
Professional Organizations Board Member and Vice President of the Board, Victims Services Center of Norristown Board Member, Philadelphia Academies, Inc. Board Member, Cheltenham Police Athletic League Board Member, Trinity Health Mid- Atlantic Board Member, Aequitas Trustee, West Chester University Foundation Fellow, British American Project Diversity Committee, Montgomery County Bar Association Women’s Ministry, Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 2019 Class of Fellows Compliance Committee of Mercy Healthcare System Montgomery County Bar Association Pennsylvania Supreme Court Criminal Procedural Rules Committee Pennsylvania Supreme Court Subcommittees: Bail Reform, Pretrial Procedures, Juvenile Expungement Procedures Safer Streets Task Force
Honors & Awards Selected by The National Trial Lawyers as one of the top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers Safe Homes of Orange County, Family Justice Center Award Main Line Today, Women on the Move National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Visionary Voice Award ? Visionary Voice Award, Leadership Award The American Lawyer, Litigator of the Week The Legal Intelligencer, Lawyers on the Fast Track Philadelphia Business Journal, Top 40 Under 40 Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Office Commendation ? Montgomery Township Police Department, Unit Commendation Upper Merion Police Department, Unit Commendation Victim Rights Law Center, Leadership Award Victim Services Center, Matty Muir Award Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star
Speaking Engagements Distinguished Speaker, “Criminal Justice in the #MeToo Era: The Cosby Prosecution” for the Law & Society: Charleston Law Review Keynote Speaker, “Fighting to be Fearless: Using your Strengths to Own the Courtroom” in the Trial Advocacy Consulting & Training For Women By Women Virtual Trial Training Co-Presenter, “Pennsylvania Association of Justice Measuring Damages in Civil Rights and Sexual Assault Cases” Keynote Speaker, “Bring Cosby to Justice: The First Conviction in the #MeToo Era,” at the Krimes Against Kids Conference held by the Florida Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers Presenter, “Discussing the Challenges of High-Profile Cases” at the Krimes Against Kids Conference held by the Florida Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers Panelist, “Identifying Risk, Managing Trauma and Assessing your Legal Rights during this Pandemic: A Panel Discussion” Speaker, “Prevention & Advocacy” with the Alabama Coalition Against Rape and Family Services of North Alabama. Presenter, Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Assembly of Cities Keynote Speaker, “Bringing Cosby to Justice: Investigating and Prosecuting High Profile and Cold Sexual Assault Cases,” Wisconsin Serving Victims of Crime Conference Speaker, “Bring Cosby to Justice: The First Conviction in the #MeToo Era,” National Sexual Assault Conference Speaker, “The Fearless Litigator: Navigating Media Attention on High- Profile Cases,” Law&Crime Network and the American Bar Association’s Media Training Program Speaker, “A Story of Survival: Commonwealth v. Cosby, Leading with Courage, Breaking through Barriers and Persevering,” Shabtai: The Jewish Society of Yale University Keynote Speaker and Presenter at the Northeast South Dakota Conference Presenter, “Fireside Chat with Kristen Gibbons Feden,” Pennsylvania Bar Association’s 26th Annual Commission on Women in the Profession Conference Faculty Presentation, “Closing Arguments,” Temple University Beasley School of Law LLM Program Moderator, “Implicit Bias,” Montgomery County Bar Association Keynote Speaker, “Moving Beyond: We All Have a Voice,”Lafayette College Panelist, “Everyday Activism: Stepping Up and Showing Up,” for I Will Not Be Quiet Keynote Speaker, “Leading with Courage, Breaking Through Barriers and Persevering,” Chamber of Commerce of Greater Montgomery County Special Presenter, Minority Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association Speaker, “The Ultimate Act of Power & Control: Overcoming Common Defenses in Domestic Violence Homicide Cases; Commonwealth v. Cosby Bringing Cosby to Justice: The First Conviction in the #MeToo Era; and Seizing the Opportunity: Cross-Examination of the Defendant in Current & Cold Cases of Sexual Assault,” Crimes Against Women Conference Panelist, “Bringing Cosby to Justice: The First Conviction in the #MeToo Era,” 10th Annual Criminal Law & Forensics Conference Presenter, “Credibility in the Law: Handling Allegations of Sexual Harassment and Assault,” Greensboro Bar Association CLE Seminar Panelist, “The #MeToo Movement’s Impact on Litigation, Counseling and Training,” Philadelphia Bar Association CLE Program Speaker, “How Society Considers Sexual Assault Cases,” Shabtai: The Jewish Society of Yale University Panelist, “Managing Your Work and Life Balance Part II How I Can be a Judge/Lawyer and Still Have a Life?” Montgomery Bar Association Women in Law Committee CLE Program Speaker, “Prosecution of Bill Cosby and the Importance of His Case in the #MeToo Era,” Evercore Wealth Management Wise Women Event Panelist, “Time’s Up. How to Create Non-Complicit and Zero Tolerance Culture,” S.H.E. Summit Panelist, “How Race Matters in the Adversary Process,” Tucker Law Group CLE: Standing on the Shoulders: The Black Philadelphia Lawyer Speaker, “Sexual Violence, Harassment and Prevention Tactics and Techniques,” University of Pennsylvania Bloomers Comedy Alumni Presenter, “Using Expert Witnesses,” Aequitas’ Expert Witness Testimony Training with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape Presenter, “The Global Child Abuse Epidemic with a Local Solution,” NALS of Pennsylvania 54th Annual Conference Speaker, “Opening Remarks,” Laurel House 5K DASH Against Domestic Violence Panelist, “Domestic Violence Town Hall,” Montgomery County Courthouse