Karin L. Nyrop has been with the University of Washington Division of the Attorney General’s Office since 1997. In April 2015, Ms. Nyrop was promoted to Division Chief. Prior to assuming that role she was the primary attorney for the Intercollegiate Athletics Department and the Capital Projects Office. During her tenure with the Division, she has also advised the Purchasing Department, the Office of Scholarly Integrity, the Treasury Office, and the Police Department. Ms. Nyrop also worked on a variety of large projects at the UW including the renovation of Husky Stadium, the Lease of Metro Tract Property, the Regional Scale Nodes Project, and acquisition of real property needed to develop the UW Tacoma Compus.
Prior to 1997, Ms. Nyrop worked for the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office (Civil Division), the Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s office (Civil Division), the Reed McClure law firm and is a former law clerk for the Washington State Supreme Court. Ms. Nyrop received her B.A. in 1981 from Saint Martin’s University, where she received a scholarship to play basketball. She received her J.D. in 1984 from the University Of Puget Sound School Of Law.
Daniel has served with the Attorney General's Office since 2012. Prior to joining the University of Washington Division, Daniel worked in the Government Compliance and Enforcement Division prosecuting professional misconduct cases for the Department of Health, primarily litigating matters before Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and other healthcare boards and commissions.
James has served with the University of Washington Division of the Attorney General's Office since December 2014. James primary clients are the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, KUOW, the Trademark Office, UW Marketing (UMAC), the Treasury Office, UWINCO, the Tax Office, Procurement Services, and the Office of Research.
Before joining the UW Division, his work at the Attorney General’s Office included prosecuting involuntary civil commitment trials against sexually violent predators throughout the State. Additionally, he represented the Department of Social and Health Services in child abuse and neglect cases and projects with the agency’s Government Operations Division. Prior to his appointment as an Assistant Attorney General, James served as research staff on several grants through the University of Washington Psychology Department. He also worked at the Washington State Supreme Court and supported the federal government on science and technology projects.
Colin has served with the University of Washington Division of the Attorney General's Office since November 2015. Prior to joining the UW Division, Colin worked in the Government Compliance and Enforcement Division prosecuting health cases for the Department of Health, primarily litigating matters before the Medical and Dental Quality Assurance Commissions. From 2008-2012, Colin was in private practice handling complex civil litigation cases.
Jessica worked for the Washington State Attorney General's Office since 2006. She started in the Social Health Services Division where she represented the Department of Social and Health Services in dependency and termination actions and administrative licensing hearings. In 2009 she joined the team of attorneys that represents the Special Commitment Center for sexually violent predators where she defended the state against civil rights lawsuits. In 2010 she transferred to the Labor and Industries Division. There she was co-advisor to the Office of the Medical Director and litigated worker benefits and workplace safety appeals at the administrative level and in Superior Court including jury trials. Jessica clerked for the Oregon Department of Justice and Washington AGO in law school.
Mike Joined the University of Washington Division of the Attorney General's Office in 2017. Prior to joining the office, Mike was a Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel at Starbucks Corporation for 20 years. There, he built and led a number of diverse teams in the legal department. He served as general counsel for the international business unit; general counsel for the Americas business unit; and built and led the real estate team during its growth phase. Before his tenure at Starbucks, Mike was a lawyer in private practice in California. He worked at Wendel, Rosen, Black and Dean in Oakland as a transactional real estate and buisness attorney for almost 7 years. Prior to that he worked at Thelen, Marrin, Johnson and Bridges in San Francisco practicing transactional real estate and corporate law.
Nancy has been with the Attorney General's Office since 2011, and joined the University of Washington division in February 2016. Prior to joining the UW Division, she worked in the Regional Services Division (Everett Office) on juvenile litigation and higher education matters.
Megan has served with the University of Washington Division of the Attorney General's Office since September 2015. Megan's primary clients are Labor Relations and Harborview Medical Center.Prior to her appointment as an Assistant Attorney General, Megan worked in the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service in San Francisco, California. There she represented management in all manner of labor and employment claims and provided legal advice on labor and employment issues to I.R.S executives and managers throughout the United States. Megan has also worked as a Law Clerk for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Greenbelt, Maryland.
David has been with the University of Washington Division of the Attorney General’s Office since October of 2015. David’s primary client is UW Medicine. Before joining the UW Division, his work at the Attorney General’s Office was concentrated on antitrust enforcement. Additionally, he represented the Department of Social and Health Services in child abuse and neglect cases.
Rob’s practice has focused on labor and employment advice and litigation for both public and private employers. He is the team leader of the UW Division Labor and Employment Team. Rob also has experience in appellate matters, in government, business and health care matters, in administrative licensing and regulatory matters, and in criminal prosecution and appellate litigation as an assistant city attorney.
Kristin joined the UW Division in January 2015, having previously practiced employment law and litigation in the private sector. Kristin's practice focuses on advising on a range of employment matters under federal and state laws and regulations, state civil service laws, University policies, and the University Faculty Code.
Patrick joined the University of Washington Division of the Attorney General's Office in 2017. He advises UW Medicine healthcare entities, including Airlift Northwest and the academic hospitals of UW Medical and Harborview Medical Center, and UW's health sciences graduate schools. His emphasis areas include graduate medical education issues, healthcare contracting and reimbursement, pharmacy regulation, and the emerging fields of telehealth administration and telemedicine care.
Prior to his appointment as an Assistant Attorney General, Patrick represented corporate and individual clients for complex litigation and compliance matters in private practice for more than a decade in Seattle, tried criminal cases and handled appeals as a King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, served as a law clerk in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, and served as a U.S. Senate legislative staff for employment and worker safety issues in Washington, DC.
Jessica recently joined our Health Care team after six years on the Employment team advising UW Human Resources and Risk Management. She now advices Health Sciences Administration, Health Sciences Risk Management, Harborview and the School of Medicine. She came from the Torts Division of the Attorney General's Office where she defended state agencies in employment and civil rights cases brought in state and federal courts.
Sarah Schulte joined the University of Washington Division of the Attorney General's Office in 2017. Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, Sarah was in private practice, primarily engaged in civil defense litigation with a specific emphasis on school law, public entity defense, employment law, complex litigation, and commercial defense. She also provided general counsel advice on a wide variety of topics including school law, policy updates, and employment matters, pre-claim evaluation and client counseling, and training and education on a variety of school law topics (e.g. free speech, mental health issues in employment, and transgender issues). Sarah's school law practice, which fucused on primary and secondary education, included sexual misconduct; school safety and threat assessments; student protests; public records; FERPA; responding to OCR complaints; and defending cases based on Title IX, Section 1983, the Washington Law Against Discrimination, Section 504, the ADA, and other state and federal laws.
Clark joined the division in April of 1993. His practice focuses primarily on intellectual property, technology transfer, and Information Technology.
John Stellwagen joined the University of Washington Division of the Attorney General's Office in March 2016. Prior to working for the UW Division, John worked for the Oregon School Boards Association and Tierney and Blakney, P.C., located on Mercer Island. John has provided courtroom representation and legal counsel for numerous school districts and municipalities throughout Washington and Oregon State in personal injury, employment, and civil rights cases.He has represented governmental clients through all stages of civil litigation, including discovery, motions practice, and trial practice. He has served as both lead and secondary counsel during numerous mediations, arbitration hearings, dispositive motions, jury trials, and appellate proceedings. John has also served as a public defender of the Snohomish County Public Defender Association, representing clients in felony and misdemeanor matters.
Quentin has served with the University of Washington Division of the Attorney General’s Office since 2003. Quentin’s primary clients are Capital Projects, Real Estate Office, Office of Global Affairs, The Department of Global Health, and EH&S.
Immediately prior to joining the Attorney General's Office Quentin worked for five years as a Senior Assistant City Attorney in the Environmental Protection and Utility section of the Seattle City Attorney's Office. Before that, Quentin spent eleven years working as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Civil Division of the King County Prosecutor's Office, where he advised on and litigated a wide variety of public contracting, employment, constitutional and general municipal law issues. Quentin worked as a law clerk at the UW Division while attending law school
Anna Alfonso, Legal Assistant, provides direct support for David Kerwin, Colin Caywood, Jessica Russell, Daniel Baker, and Patrick Preston.
Hashmatullah Amiri, Computer Support Analyst, oversees the Division’s databases, website, and file system. He is also responsible for troubleshooting of network problems at Attorney General's Office - University of Washington.
Elizabeth Dahl, Paralegal, supports the attorneys in our general practice group.
Alec Engber, Legal Assistant, provides direct support for Rob Kosin, Kristin martinez, John Stellwagen, Megan Gibbons, and Jennifer Schubert.
Felicia Foster, Administrative Coordinator, provides support to the Division Chief and Administrator. She also oversees student employees, serves as receptionist, and assists with office operations and human resources.
Margaret Graves Esteve, Administrator for the division, supervises the support staff, oversees the budgets, technology issues, and the day-to-day running of the office. She also provides direct assistance and support to Division Chief Karin Nyrop.
Jeanie Hines, Legal Assistant, provides direct support for Quentin Yerxa, Clark Shores, James Buder, Nancy Garland, Sarah Schulte, Mike Fink, and Jessica Creighton.
Lanse Jones, Paralegal, supports the attorneys in our healthcare group.
Jennifer Lee, Paralegal, supports the attorneys in our employment group.
Rachel Sahi, Paralegal, supports the attorneys in our employment group.
Mary Taylor, Executive Assistant, provides direct support for the Division Chief, Karin Nyrop.
Vidya Tejwani, Budget Clerk, oversees fiscal matters for the division.