Karin D. Jones
Karin Jones is an associate in the Labor and Employment group. She has experience in a variety of civil matters with a primary focus on employment law and has represented agencies in litigation before state commissions as well as state and federal courts.
Before joining Stoel Rives, Karin was a Deputy Attorney General in the Civil Litigation Division of the Office of the Idaho Attorney General (2006-2010), an associate at Hall, Farley, Oberrecht & Blanton, P.A. (2004-2006) and a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas G. Nelson at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2003-2004).
- Represented a silicon manufacturer throughout an L&I investigation into an employee's complaints regarding chemical exposure, with a finding of no safety violations.
- Developed an asbestos survey for multiple plants operated by a manufacturer of paperboard and tissue products.
- Audited WISHA and OSHA compliance issues during plant acquisitions and employment audits.
- Advised national insurance company on the development of hazard assessment procedures for employee site visits in Washington.
- Developed and revised safety policies for clients' employee handbooks.
Professional Honors & Activities
- Judge, American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition, 2012
- Member, Board of Bar Examiners, Washington State Bar Association, 2011-present
- Member, Amicus Curiae Brief Committee, Washington State Bar Association, 2011-present
- Member, Editorial Advisory Committee, NWLawyer (official publication of the Washington State Bar Association), 2011-present
- Member, Editorial Advisory Board, The Advocate (official publication of the Idaho State Bar), 2007-2010
- Member, Idaho Women Lawyers, 2007-2010
- Grader, Idaho State Bar Examination, 2008
- "An Employee by Any Other Name: Volunteers, Family Workers, and Independent Contractors," Idaho Wine Commission Annual Meeting, Feb. 2013.
- "Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time: What Employers Need to Know," Stoel Rives LLP Breakfast Seminar, 2012
- "2010 Labor and Employment Law: Year in Review," Stoel Rives LLP Breakfast Seminar, 2010
- "Navigating the Rules of the Idaho Division of Human Resources," Office of the Idaho Attorney General, Spring CLE, 2010
- "ADA and FMLA," State of Idaho Controller's Office Payroll and Accounting Conference, Oct. 2007
- Various employment law topics, Hall, Farley, Oberrecht, & Blanton, "Bagels and Briefs" seminar series, 2004-2006
- Member, Board of Directors, Cocoon House, 2011-present
- Judge, Washington State History Day, 2011
- LexisNexis Practice Guide: Washington Pretrial Civil Procedure, 2013 e. (chapter author and reviewer)
- "The Limited Scope of Local Initiatives" (coauthor), NWLawyer, Jan. 2013
- "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
- "Roe v. TeleTech: Washington Supreme Court Snuffs Out Employee's Claim of Retaliatory Discharge for Medical Marijuana Use," Emerging Issues, LexisNexis, 2012
- "Attendance Really is Essential: The Ninth Circuit Confirms that Hospital Attendance Policies Need Not Be Ignored Under the ADA" (coauthor), Washington Healthcare News, Sept. 2012
- "Snuffing Out Employee Tobacco Use: The Trend Towards No-Nicotine Hiring Policies" (coauthor), Washington Healthcare News, Feb. 2011
- "Adoption Without Consent: How Idaho is Treading on the Constitutional Rights of Unwed Fathers," 39 Idaho L. Rev., 207, 2002
- University of Idaho College of Law, J.D., 2003, magna cum laude
Member, Spring Edition Editor, Idaho Law Review
Recipient, University of Idaho College of Law full tuition merit scholarship
Member, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
Summer law program, Prague, Czech Republic, Summer 2002
- Whitman College, B.A., History, 2000, cum laude
Studied abroad at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Spring 1999
Academic Distinction in Senior Comprehensive Exams in History
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- U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington and the District of Idaho
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit