100 N. Cherry Street
Suite 300
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101-4016T: 336.721.1001

Practice Areas

Practice Emphasis

  • Defense of employment litigation, including class claims
  • Affirmative Action planning, compliance, and audit defense

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1999
  • West Virginia, 1998
  • All state courts in North Carolina and West Virginia
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, and for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond

  • J.D., 1998
  • ABA/BNA Award for Outstanding Graduate in the Area of Labor and Employment Law
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in the area of Employment Discrimination

University of Virginia

  • B.A., Government; minor in Economics, 1995 


Kristine Marie Sims

“There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”  

--John F. Kennedy

Kristine Sims is a partner in the Winston-Salem office with experience involving every aspect of the employment relationship. She has been involved in complex litigation involving class action issues, the FLSA, all aspects of Title VII, retaliatory discharge, and state law claims for breach of contract, fraud, negligence, infliction of emotional distress, and covenants not to compete. In addition to her employment litigation practice, she has significant experience in the area of affirmative action compliance including affirmative action plan training, preparation, and compliance review defense at the desk audit and on-site stages. Before joining Constangy, Kristine was an Assistant Attorney General, Appellate Division, for the State of West Virginia.


  • "Textual Harassment: Has Technology Opened Employers Up To More Claims?" Business North Carolina, Summer 2010
  • "New FMLA Rules Answer and Create Questions" Law Journal, 2008
  • "I'm a Federal Contractor -- Same Old, Same Old? The OFCCP's Year in Review and the Year to Come" The Job Description, Winter 2005 

Awards & Recognition

  • 2011 Recipient of "40 Business Leaders Under 40," Piedmont Triad
  • 2009 YWCA Women of Vision
  • Named to Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" 
  • Named as a Rising Star by North Carolina Super Lawyers 2010-2013
  • Recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers 2017
  • Recognized in Chambers USA Guide

Professional Activities/Associations

  • Forsyth County Women Attorneys Association, Secretary-Treasurer (2003-2004); President (2004-2005)
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Forsyth County Bar Association
  • West Virginia Bar Association

Civic/Charitable Activities/Associations

  • Executive Board and Legal Advisor for Cancer Services, Inc.
  • Board of Directors and Chair of the Personnel Committee of the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem

Other Personal Background Information and Interests

  • In her free time, Kristine enjoys playing tennis, watching movies and travel.
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