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Kristen L. Behrens

Partner; Executive Committee Member
Primary Office
1500 Market St., Suite 3500E
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Direct(856) 675-1977
Fax(215) 575-7200
457 Haddonfield Rd., Suite 700
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Direct(856) 675-1900
Fax(856) 663-8855


Robyn Payne
Direct(856) 675-1924

Kristen Behrens is an experienced and accomplished trusts and estates attorney. Her practice involves all aspects of trust and estate planning and administration.

Kristen focuses on Special Needs Trusts, Post-Litigation Planning, Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Guardianships and Orphans’ Court Matters. Her practice also includes planning for family members with disabilities.

Kristen routinely represents banks and corporate fiduciaries on the fiduciary aspects of trust administration and is a recognized authority on the laws governing special needs trusts and court supervised trusts. She also represents individuals and families, assisting them in navigating these complexities.

Kristen has worked on numerous large-scale mass tort settlements, as well as many high profile cases in her career.

Kristen has been a speaker at seminars for the Fiduciary Education Foundation, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers, Special Needs Alliance, NAELA, New Jersey Association of Justice, ICLE and the Academy of Special Needs Planners.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Law School Board Member, Drexel Kline School of Law
  • Volunteer, Penn Vet Working Dog Center
  • Volunteer, The National Kidney Foundation
  • Volunteer, The MS Foundation

Speeches & Presentations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute, “Navigating the Settlement Process: Avoiding Potential Pitfalls 2020"
  • ICLE – “Administering Special Needs Trusts”
  • Special Needs Alliance, “Settlement Planning and Working with Personal Injury Attorneys”
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers, “Liens, Medicare Set-Asides, and Special Needs Trusts”
  • Fiduciary Education Foundation, “Special Needs Trusts and MSA’s”
  • National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals, “Special Needs Trusts and MSA’s”
  • New Jersey Association of Justice, “The Ethics of Protecting Your Clients Money”
  • Academy of Special Needs Planners, “Top Tips for Administering Special Needs Trusts”
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute, “Working with Personal Injury Attorneys with Special Needs Trusts”
  • NAELA, “Allowable Distributions from Special Needs Trusts”
  • National Business Institute, “The ACA and Personal Injury Cases”

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2018, 2021

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Alternate Biographies





  • J.D., Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, 2009
    • Co-founder of the Drexel Women's Law Society
    • Member of the Business Law Society
  • B.S., Business Administration and Finance, University of Mary Washington, 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2009, Active
  • New Jersey, 2009, Active