Practice Overview
Carolyn’s practice focuses on neutral investigations and alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration and neutral evaluation. She has served in these capacities for more than 30 years. She is experienced in employment, contract and general commercial ADR work. Previously Carolyn was a shareholder at Stokes Lawrence, P.S. where she served as an investigator, mediator and arbitrator in addition to serving clients as a litigator and counselor. In the area of employment law she represented both employers and employees, handling a wide range of matters including discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, wrongful termination, employment contracts, non-competes.  

Admitted to Practice
Illinois (1976-2006)
Washington (1980 to date)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2011)

Recognition & Honors
Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Washington Super Lawyers (1998 - 2016)
Top 100 Lawyers, Washington Super Lawyers (2003 - 2016)
Top 50 Women Lawyers, Washington Super Lawyers (2003 - 2016)
The Best Lawyers in America® in Labor and Employment Law (1989 - 2017)
AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review

Publications & Presentations
Carolyn is a regular presenter at seminars and employment law institutes, speaking on a wide range of topics, including mediation and arbitration, evaluation of cases, and litigation strategy.

Professional & Community Activities
Member, ADR Roundtable
Arbitration and mediation panels, American Arbitration Association and the 39.1 panel of arbitrators and mediators for the Western District of Washington
Member, Board of the Endowment for Equal Justice
Past President and Trustee, Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington
Past Lawyer Representative and Co-Chair, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
Past Trustee, King County Bar Association
Past Chair, Labor and Employment Section of the King County Bar Association