Karin D. Jones

Karin D. Jones
Partner
Seattle, WA
P: 206.386.7598
Overview

About Karin

Karin Jones is a partner in the Labor and Employment group, providing practical advice to employers regarding a wide variety of workplace and personnel issues and helping employers minimize the risk and impact of workplace problems.  When litigation arises, Karin represents employers before administrative agencies and the state and federal courts.  Karin has experience representing employers in disputes involving discrimination, harassment, reasonable accommodation, employee family and medical leave, wage and hour claims, workplace safety (WISHA/OSHA), and whistleblower complaints, among other workplace issues. In addition to her trial court practice, Karin draws on her prior experience as a law clerk at the Ninth Circuit to successfully represent clients in appellate litigation. Karin also provides services such as employee and supervisor training, employee handbook reviews, and workplace audits to help ensure employers’ compliance with the many employment laws applicable to their organizations.

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Experience

Experience

Relevant Professional Experience

  • Law clerk for the Hon. Thomas G. Nelson, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2003-2004)
  • Experience as an employment litigator since 2004, in both private practice and with the Office of the Idaho Attorney General

Representative Employment Work

  • Member of trial team in the successful defense of KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation in a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) trial regarding the discharge of four employees for picket line misconduct.
  • Successfully represented many employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington State Human Rights Commission, and Seattle Office for Civil Rights, assisting in responses to Charges of Discrimination and achieving agency findings of no probable cause.
  • Represented international commodities company in defending against race discrimination claims, facilitating settlement of claims raised by two plaintiffs and achieving successful outcome at binding arbitration resulting in dismissal of all claims raised by third plaintiff.

Representative Appellate Work

  • Represented large health care client against sexual harassment claims, obtaining summary judgment for client and successfully defending client on appeal to the Ninth Circuit.
  • Represented construction company in defending against former employee’s wage rebate claims, obtaining summary judgment for client that was upheld on appeal to the Washington Supreme Court.
  • Obtained summary judgment for health insurance providers and association health plans in appeals filed before the Office of the Insurance Commissioner regarding plan rating methodology.
  • Represented oil and gas company in successful royalty appeals to the Department of Natural Resources.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

  • Member of Board of Trustees, Seattle Children’s Theatre (2016-present)
  • Member of HR Advisory Committee, YWCA Seattle/King/Snohomish (2012-present)
  • Member of Cocoon House Board of Directors (2011‑2014) and Advisory Board (2014-present)
  • Volunteer Judge for American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition (2012 and 2014) 
  • Recipient of Stoel Rives LLP 2014 Pro Bono Service Award
  • Member of Board of Bar Examiners, Washington State Bar Association (2011-2015)
  • Member of Amicus Curiae Brief Committee, Washington State Bar Association (2011-2015)
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Committee, NWLawyer (official publication of the Washington State Bar Association) (2011-2013)
  • Volunteer Judge for Washington State History Day (2011)
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, The Advocate (official publication of the Idaho State Bar)(2007-2010)
  • Grader for Idaho State Bar Examination (2008)
  • Member and Spring Edition Editor of Idaho Law Review (2001-2003)
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Chapter author and reviewer for LexisNexis Practice Guide: Washington Trial and Post-Trial Civil Procedure and LexisNexis Practice Guide: Washington Pretrial Civil Procedure
  • Annual update author for LexisNexis Practice Guide: Washington Trial and Post-Trial Civil Procedure (2015 & 2016 eds.), LexisNexis Practice Guide: Washington Pretrial Civil Procedure (2014-2016 eds.), and LexisNexis Practice Guide: Washington Civil Discovery (2014-2016 eds.)
  • Contributor to Stoel Rives LLPs’ “World of Employment” blog
  • Presenter at Stoel Rives LLP seminar: “Hiring to Termination: A Three-Part Series on HR Best Practices” (Sept. 2016)
  • Presenter at Sterling Education Services Seminar: “Interplay Between FMLA, ADA, and Workers’ Compensation” (April 2016)
  • Presenter at  Stoel Rives LLP Breakfast Briefing: "Appropriate Workplace Conduct; Preventing Harassment and its Consequences" (Feb. 2016)
  • Presenter at  Stoel Rives LLP Breakfast Briefing: “From Hiring to Termination: HR Best Practices” (Nov. 2015)
  • Presenter at Sterling Education Services Seminar: “FLSA Wage and Hour Crackdown” and “Termination Best Practices” (Oct. 2015)
  • Presenter at  Stoel Rives LLP Breakfast Briefing: “Family Leave and Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation” (Aug. 2014)
  • Coauthor of “Don’t Let the EEOC’s Guidance on Background Checks Put Your Company in Hot Water,” Idaho Business Review  (May 19, 2014)
  •  Interviewed by LXBN TV: “Stoel Rives Achieves Major Civil Rights Victory for Washington Immigrants,” YouTube (Sept. 20, 2013)
  • Presenter at Idaho Wine Commission Annual Meeting: “An Employee by Any Other Name: Volunteers, Family Workers, and Independent Contractors” (Feb. 2013)
  • Coauthor of “The Limited Scope of Local Initiatives,” NWLawyer (Jan. 2013)
  • Presenter at Stoel Rives LLP Breakfast Briefing: “Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time: What Employers Need to Know,” (2012)
  • Coauthor of “Attendance Really is Essential: The Ninth Circuit Confirms that Hospital Attendance Policies Need Not Be Ignored Under the ADA,” Washington Healthcare News (Sept. 2012)
  • Author of “Oregon Supreme Court Weeds Out Medical Marijuana Accommodation Claims in the Workplace: Emerald Steel Fabricators, Inc. v. Bureau of Labor & Industries,” Emerging Issues, LexisNexis (2012)
  • Author of “Roe v. TeleTech: Washington Supreme Court Snuffs Out Employee’s Claim of Retaliatory Discharge for Medical Marijuana Use,” Emerging Issues, LexisNexis (2012)
  • Coauthor of “Snuffing Out Employee Tobacco Use: The Trend Towards No-Nicotine Hiring Policies,” Washington Healthcare News (Feb. 2011)
  • Presenter at Stoel Rives LLP Breakfast Briefing: “2010 Labor and Employment Law: Year in Review”  (2010)
  • Presenter at  Office of the Idaho Attorney General Spring CLE: “Navigating the Rules of the Idaho Division of Human Resources” (2010)
  • Presenter at State of Idaho Controller’s Office Payroll and Accounting Conference: “ADA and FMLA” (Oct. 2007)



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