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, and the Regional Scale Nodes Project.
Prior to 1997, Ms. Nyrop worked for the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, the Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, 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.
Tricia joined the University of Washington Division of the Attorney General’s Office in August 2014. Prior to joining the UW Division, she was a Team Leader at the Attorney General’s Office in the Sexually Violent Predator Unit, where she litigated complex civil commitment cases in courts throughout the state. From 2004-2009, Tricia was in private practice, handling a broad range of complex civil litigation cases, including misappropriation of trade secrets, foreclosure rescue scams, online travel company contracts, commercial and residential leasing. Tricia began her legal career in the United States Navy JAG Corps, serving as an Assistant Department Head in the Criminal Defense Department, a Staff Judge Advocate for the Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, and a Special Assistant United States Attorney, where she tried felony and misdemeanor cases arising on area military bases. Tricia is a former college athlete and captain of the Navy’s All-Armed Forces soccer team..
James has served with the University of Washington Division of the Attorney General’s Office since December 2014. James’s primary clients are Office of Public Records and Open Public Meetings, Transportation, Office of Research, and Procurement.
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 served with the University of Washington Division of the Attorney General’s Office since May 2007. Aileen’s primary clients are Admissions, Burke Museum, Advancement, Graduate School, and the Registrar.
Aileen has been with the University of Washington Division of the Attorney General’s Office since May 2007. In addition to advising the UW, she is also Team Leader for one of the Division’s three practice groups (the 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 as a Rule 9 intern for the King County Prosecutor'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 is 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 and civil infraction 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.
Jessica joined our office in 2010 and proudly serves a member of our employment team advising UW Human Resources and Risk Management. 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. She began her career at the AGO in the Labor & Industries Division litigating worker’s compensation, wage and hour, and prevailing wage cases at the administrative and state court levels.
Clark joined the division in April of 1993. However, from February of 1997 to September of 1999, Clark was employed by the University of Washington as a Special Assistant for Research and Technology Transfer and as a Senior Assistant to the Vice Provost. In these positions, Clark reported to the Office of Technology Transfer and the Office of Research. In September of 1999, Clark returned to the division, where his practice focuses primarily on intellectual property issues. Prior to entering the field of law, Clark taught philosophy at the University of Washington and at the University of Puget Sound. After law school, Clark served as a Law Clerk for the Washington State Supreme Court (1990-1993).
Quentin has served with the University of Washington Division of the Attorney General’s Office since 2003. Quentin’s primary clients are Real Estate Office, Office of Global Affairs, and EH&S.
Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office Quentin worked for four years as a Senior Assistant City Attorney in the Environmental Protection and Utility Sections of the Seattle City Attorney's Office. Before that, Quentin spent eleven years 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, Health Sciences Administration and the units reporting to it, and UW Medicine.
Admitted in Washington in 1987, Dina maintained a commercial litigation practice before joining the Attorney General’s office in 1993. Upon joining, she helped establish the Bankruptcy and Collections Unit where she represented the state taxing agencies and advised the Attorney General's Consumer Protection, Ecology, and Natural Resources divisions. Today, Dina represents the University of Washington in its Health Sciences division, providing business-related health law advice to UW Medicine. Dina serves as the primary attorney for University of Washington Medical Center.
Kristin Joined the UW Division in January 2015, having previously practiced employment law and litigation in the private sectore. Kristin's practice focuses on advising on a range of employment matters under federal and state laws and regulations, state civil service laws, and University policies.
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.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 Projects. 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, Office Assistant, supports the various legal teams in our office. She also maintains the office library.
Elizabeth Dahl, Paralegal, supports the attorneys in our business 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, assists with office operations and human resources, and manages the library.
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.
Sandy Webb, Legal Secretary, provides direct support for Jane Yung, Alice Becker, Dina Yunker, David Kerwin, Colin Caywood, and Jessica Russell.
Allison West, Legal Secretary, 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.