Kristi A. Hastings
Pemberton Sorlie Rufer Kershner, PLLP
MSBA Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist
2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Super Lawyer
Kristi Hastings is a partner at the Fergus Falls office of Pemberton Law, and her practice areas
include representing public entities (school, city, county, and township employers), handling
complex employment litigation, human resources support, negotiating collective bargaining
agreements on behalf of public employers, defending public entities in litigation matters, as well
as handling the myriad of issues that face public employers on a daily basis.
Kristi is a Board Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar
Association. Less than two percent of Minnesota attorneys have received this certification. Kristi
earned her specialization in March 2012 and has extensive experience and training in employment
law. She was named a 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Super Lawyers by Minnesota Lawyer.
Kristi grew up on her family’s dairy farm near Ashley, North Dakota. She completed her
undergraduate education at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks in 1998, graduating
cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Kristi received her Juris Doctorate Degree
from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2001. Kristi began working for Pemberton
Law as a legal clerk during law school before becoming an associate and later a partner.
Professionally, Kristi has served as president and is a current member of the Board of Directors of
the Fergus Falls 544 Education Foundation and is a current member of the Board of Directors of
the Minnesota Council of School Attorneys. She also served as president of the Otter Tail County
Bar Association and the Seventh District Bar Association. In addition to serving upon these
professional boards, Kristi is active in the community, serving on several local boards. She is a
past president and current member of the Fergus Falls American Association of University
Women, a past member of the Board of Directors of Claire Ann Shover Nursery School, and a
current member of Lake Region Healthcare Advisory Board. She is a current member of the
Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, the MSBA
Labor and Employment Law Section, and the Minnesota CLE 2017 School Law Conference
Kristi, her husband Jason, their daughter Ava Lilly and son Dane have made Fergus Falls their
home. Jason also practices law in Fergus Falls. In her spare time, Kristi enjoys creative endeavors
as well as any activities that will keep her and the family outdoors.
AWARDS / HONORS
• Named a Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics two years in a row.
• Named one of fifteen “Up and Coming Attorneys” in the state by Minnesota Lawyer.
• Named Jaycees 2011 Outstanding Young Minnesotan.
• Named 2011 AAUW Woman of the Year.
• Minnesota State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Specialist (2012)
• Named a 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Super Lawyer by Minnesota Lawyer