Cristina T. Patzelt
Cristina T. Patzelt joined Thrun Law Firm in August 2016. Cristina’s practice focuses on litigation, labor and employment, special education, and general school law. She assists public school districts, intermediate school districts, public school academies, and community colleges with student issues, special education issues, FOIA requests, and labor and employment matters. Before joining the firm, Cristina was a prosecutor for the City of Chicago, and an attorney for District of Columbia’s Board of Ethics and Government Accountability. An experienced litigator, she represented the government in hundreds of bench trials, jury trials, and administrative hearings. Cristina also trained thousands of government employees, including many board members and District of Columbia Public Schools employees, on compliance with government ethics rules, including rules governing conflicts of interest and social media.
Cristina graduated from James Madison College at Michigan State University (B.A., with honor, Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy, 2007) and Michigan State University College of Law (J.D., 2010, cum laude). In law school, she received the Walter E. Oberer scholarship for stellar trial advocacy skills and a certificate in Trial Practice from the Fieger Trial Practice Institute. Cristina was also a two-year member of the Appellate Moot Court Board, quarter finalist at the 2009 Wagner Labor and Employment Law Competition, and winner of the 2009 Emory Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition.
Cristina is admitted to practice in Michigan, Illinois, and the District of Columbia. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, National and Michigan Councils of School Attorneys, and the Ingham County Bar Association.
Originally from Metro Detroit, Cristina lives in the Lansing area with her husband. She is a devoted fan of Michigan State University and Detroit sports, and enjoys traveling and playing on the firm’s recreational softball league.