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Carolyn Cairns

Carolyn Cairns

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Arbitration, Mediation

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About Me

Carolyn is a regular presenter at seminars and employment law institutes, speaking on a wide range of topics, including mediation and arbitration, how to evaluate cases, substantive areas such as disability and sexual harassment law, and trial practice and discovery topics. For the past sixteen years Carolyn has been a co-presenter of the plenary session of the Employment Law Institute, reviewing key cases and trends of the prior year. She is the author of "Mediation of Employment Disputes" in the Washington State Trial Lawyers' forthcoming Employment Law Deskbook. Carolyn also provides training to employer groups in sexual harassment and other employment-related topics.


 


She has represented public and private corporations as well as employees in a wide range of litigation matters, including claims of age discrimination, retaliation, race discrimination, disability discrimination, sex discrimination and sexual harassment, religious discrimination, national origin discrimination, wage and hour violations, contract claims, covenants not to compete, and trade secret violations. These cases have involved both jury and bench trials, arbitrations, and numerous cases advantageously settled on the client's behalf.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1980

  1. Employment & Labor: 60%
  2. Mediation: 20%
  3. Arbitration: 20%

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • Alexander J. Higgins

    One of the finest lawyers I've ever met. She is dedicated, honest, smart and hard-working. Top choice!

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    Alexander Higgins Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

Stokes Lawrence

1420 Fifth Avenue Suite 3000
Seattle, WA, 98101-2393

Skokes Lawrence Velikanje Moore & Shore

120 N. Naches Ave.
Yakima, WA, 98901-2757

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive198007/05/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
The Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2015
Top 50 Women Lawyers in WashingtonSuper Lawyers2015
Washington Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2015
Notable Practictioner in Employment LawChambers USA2015
The Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2014
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2014
Top 100 LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2014
Top 50 Women LawyersWashington Super Lawyers2014
Notable PractitionerChambers USA2014
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2013
Top 50 Women LawyersWashington Super Lawyers2013
Top 100 LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2013
America's Leading Labor and Employment Lawyers: WashingtonChambers USA2013
Top 50 Women LawyersWashington Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2012
The Best Lawyers in America®Woodward-White, Inc.2012
Top 100 LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2011
Top 50 Women LawyersWashington Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2011
The Best Lawyers in America®Woodward/White, Inc.2011
The Best Lawyers in America®Woodward/White, Inc.2010
Top 100 LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Top 50 Women LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Top 50 Women LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Top 100 LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
The Best Lawyers in America®Woodward/White, Inc.2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Top 50 Women LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
The Best Lawyers in America®Woodward/White, Inc.2008
Top 100 LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
The Best Lawyers in America®Woodward/White, Inc.2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Top 50 Women LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Top 100 LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderStokes Lawrence1989 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Endowment for Equal JusticeBoard Member2009 - Present
King County Bar AssociationPast TrusteeN/A
Labor and Employment Section of the King County Bar AssociationPast ChairN/A
American Arbitration AssociationMemberN/A
Local Rules Committee of the Federal Bar of the Western DistrictPast ChairN/A
Ninth Circuit Judicial ConferencePast Lawyer Representative and Co-ChairN/A
US District Court, Western Dist. WA39.1 Panel of Arbitrators and MediatorsN/A
ADR RoundtableMemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationPast President and TrusteeN/A
Employment Law Section of the Washington State Trial Lawyers' AssociationPast ChairN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
WSTLA Employment Law DeskbookMediation of Employment Disputes2010

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawN/A1976
Wheaton College, Wheaton ILEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1970

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Stokes Lawrence Employment Law Institute Client WorkshopDisability Issue Spotting2014
Stokes Lawrence Employment Law Institute Client WorkshopMigrating Executives2014
Stokes Lawrence Employment Law InstituteThe Year in Review: Significant Federal Decisions in 2013 & 20142014
Employment Law InstituteKey Trends and Cases2012
Employment Law InstituteKey Trends and Cases2011
Employment Law InstituteKey Trends and Cases2010
Advanced Mediator Training ConferenceMediator Ethics2010
Employment Law InstituteKey Trends and Cases2009
Employment Law InstituteKey Trends and Cases2008