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About me

For over 20 years, I have helped individuals and businesses navigate through the complexities of the law. I use a practical, results oriented approach. I have varied experience working with businesses doing legal work consistent with representation of an ongoing concern. I also have considerable experience on both sides of the docket (plaintiff and defendant) in business and employment matters in state and federal courts.
Special areas of interest/experience include:
DOL audits
Negotiation, mediation and arbitration
Other areas of practice:
Wills and probate


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 30%
    26 years
  2. Mediation: 25%
    24 years, 1.1 thousand cases
  3. Arbitration: 15%
    21 years, 80 cases
  4. Litigation: 15%
  5. Probate: 15%
    16 years



Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (20 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • David Linwayne Wiley

    I endorse this lawyer. Karen is fully-engaged but even-keeled. She has a depth of experience in handling employment matters that few others in North Texas have. Yet she does not just fall back on that experience alone -- she leads in studying and teaching new developments of employment law itself. No small feat given that the practice of employment law is a practice in complex litigation.


    David Wiley Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Paul Alan Flannigan

    I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Washington is a great choice for any person facing an employment issue.


    Paul Flannigan Business Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

2214 Main Street
Dallas, TX, 75201-4343


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198407/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Pro Bono LawyerLegal Services of North TexasN/A
Community Service SuperstarAltrusa International of Downtown DallasN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberThorpe, Hatcher & Washington PLLC2008 - Present
Affiliate ProfessorUNT School of Law2016 - 2016
Certified Independent Hearing ExaminerTexas Education Agency2006 - 2016
Adjunct ProfessorSouthern Methodist University, Center For Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management2000 - 2000
Adjunct ProfessorEl Centro College1995 - 1995
PartnerThorpe, Hatcher & Washington LLP1993 - 2008
ShareholderGodwin & Carlton, PC1986 - 1993
AttorneyDallas City Attorney's Office1985 - 1986
Briefing Attorney5th District Court of Appeals1984 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Employment Lawyers Association - DFW ChapterPresident2016 - Present
Dallas Bar AssociationJudiciary Committee2015 - Present
American Arbitration AssociationArbitration and Mediation panel member2015 - Present
William "Mac" Taylor Inn of CourtMaster2003 - Present
Uniform Laws CommissionCommissioner - State of Texas2001 - Present
State Bar of TexasN/A1984 - Present
American Law InstituteMemberN/A
Texas Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Higginbotham American Inn of CourtBarrister1997 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Business DivorceAfter heated litigation, settled
Employment DiscriminationSettled for 6 figures prior to trial
Contested GuardianshipCase dismissed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lorman Education Services publicationTexas Wage and Hour Law Update1999
Lorman Education Services publication3 Headed Monster1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1984
Texas Tech UniversitySpanishBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Dallas-Fort Worth Employment Lawyers AssociationEffective Mediation in Employment Cases2013
Association of Attorney-MediatorsUniform Mediation Act2003