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.
Alice joined the University of Washington Division’s Healthcare team in December 2014. Prior to that time, Alice worked as in house counsel to PeaceHealth, a Pacific Northwest health care system, and to Blue Cross of Washington and Alaska. Alice also served an administrative law judge for the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings.
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.
Aileen has been with the University of Washington Division of the Attorney General’s Office since May 2007. In addition to advising the UW in a number of areas, she is also Team Leader for the Division's General Practice Team. Prior to joining the UW Division, Aileen served for more than nine years in the Social and Health Services Division representing Washington State in juvenile protection cases. Her other legal experience includes serving as a law clerk for a King County Superior Court judge and a Rule 9 intern for the King County Prosecuter's Office.
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.
Lawrence Paulsen came to the UW in 2004. He practices primarily in the fields of employment law and international law. Among other things, he advises on issues related to UW’s international operations, including those involving the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH), as well as issues related to Title VII, the ADA, the FMLA, the ADEA, RCW 49.60, and the University Faculty Code. He also represents the UW Center for Human Rights.
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.
Clark joined the division in April of 1993. His practice focuses primarily on intellectual property, technology transfer, and Information Technology.
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
Jane’s practice focuses on the University’s six health science schools and UW Medicine.
Dina advises on business-related health law matters, serving UW Medicine's Chief Financial Officer, the School of Medicine, and the Executive Directors and Assistant Administrator for UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and Airlift Northwest. Since joining the health law team in 2002, she has advised on a variety of subjects, most recently including Contracting and payer Relations, facility billing and reimbursment, repayments and disclosures, Certificate of Need, clicical services contracting, and research relationships involving data sharing, IP ownership and licensing. Dina also serves as counsel to the University's Office of Research Misconduct Proceedings.
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.
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.
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.
Esther has served with the University of Washington Division of the Attorney General's Office since January 2016. Esther's primary clients are student Fiscal Services, Office of Financial Aid, Educational Outreach, the Burke Museum, Transportation Services, Real Estate and Capital Planning and Development. Prior to joining the UW Division, Esther practiced in the higher education group of a law firm in Washington, D.C. Her other legal experience includes serving as a law clerk on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern Dsitrict of Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
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.
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.
Anna Alfonso, Legal Assistant, provides direct support for Jane Yang, Alice Becker, Dina Yunker, David Kerwin, Colin Caywood, and Jessica Russell.
Elizabeth Dahl, Paralegal, supports the attorneys in our general practice group.
Michelle Doiron, Paralegal, supports the attorneys in our employment group.
Lauren Fogerty, Legal Assistant, provides direct support for James Buder, Rob Kosin, Larry Paulsen, Kristin Martinez, Megan Gibbons, and John Stellwagen.
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.
Hashmatullah Amiri, Computer Support Analyst, oversees the Division’s databases, website, and file system. He is also responsible for troubleshooting of network problems at the AGO.
Lanse Jones, Paralegal, supports the attorneys in our healthcare group.
Mary Taylor, Executive Assistant, provides direct support for the Division Chief, Karin Nyrop.
Allison West, Legal Assistant, provides direct support for Aileen Huang, Clark Shores, Quentin Yerxa, Tricia Boerger, Esther Walker, and Nancy Garland.
Anastasia Brunets, Fiscal Specialist, Oversees SAAG contracts, new assignments and payments, in-house finance, and budget reconciliation.