Kristen G. Simplicio has devoted her career to representing victims of false advertising and corporate fraud. Prior to joining Tycko & Zavareei’s D.C. office in 2020, she spent ten years at a boutique class action firm in California. While there, she successfully litigated over a dozen false advertising cases against manufacturers of a variety of consumer products, including olive oil, flushable wipes, beverages, and chocolate. In connection with this work, she helped to obtain millions of dollars in refunds to consumers, as well as changed practices.
In addition to her product labeling work, Ms. Simplicio has represented plaintiffs in a wide variety of areas. For example, she was the lead associate on RICO case on behalf of small business owners against 18 defendants in the credit card processing industry. In connection with that case, she obtained a preliminary injunction halting an illegal $10 million debt collection scheme, and later, helped to secure refunds and changed practices for the victims. She has also represented victims of other debt collectors, as well as those harmed by unlawful background and credit reporting, including a pro bono matter performed in conjunction with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Simplicio also worked on a lawsuit against government agencies, which were charging unconstitutional fines and fees in connection with toll collection.
Ms. Simplicio graduated cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law in 2007. She holds a bachelor’s degree from McGill University. She began her legal career at the United States Department of Labor, where she advised on regulations pertaining to group health insurance plans. Before and during law school, Ms. Simplicio worked for other plaintiffs’ law firms.
Ms. Simplicio serves as the D.C. Co-Chair of the National Association of Consumer Advocates. She is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia.