Kristi graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1992. She subsequently graduated from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Law in 1996. She is a member of the Oklahoma County and Oklahoma Bar Associations. She is also a member of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inn of Court. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section, where she served as Chairperson in 2008. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, International Association of Defense Counsel, Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel, and the Defense Research Institute. She is admitted to practice law in all Oklahoma state courts. Kristi is an AV-rated attorney with Martindale-Hubbell.