Interim Division Chief

Karin L. Nyrop
Admitted to Practice: 1984 (Washington)
Law Degree: University of Puget Sound School of Law (Seattle University) (J.D., 1984, magna cum laude)
Undergraduate Degree: St. Martinís College (B.A., Criminal Justice, 1981, summa cum laude)
Practice Areas: Intercollegiate Athletics, Construction, Purchasing, Faculty Adjudications, Scientific Misconduct

Karin L. Nyrop. Senior Assistant Attorney General, has been with the University of Washington Division of the Attorney Generalís Office since 1997. During her tenure at the UW Division, Ms. Nyropís primary clients have been the Intercollegiate Athletics Department, Capital Projects Office, Purchasing Department, Office of Scholarly Integrity, Treasury Office, and Police Department. Ms. Nyrop provides the Athletics Department advice on a variety of matters including sponsorship contracts, coach contracts, media rights agreements, drug testing, and NCAA compliance issues; advises the Capital Projects Office and Purchasing Department on records request issues, contract drafting, bid protests, and claims; and she has worked on a variety of scholarly misconduct cases for the Office of Scholarly Integrity. Ms. Nyrop has also worked on a variety of large projects at the UW including Husky Stadium, Lease of Metro Tract Property, and the Regional Scale Nodes Project. Ms. Nyrop was recently appointed as the Team Leader for the General Practice Team.

Prior to 1997, Ms. Nyrop worked for the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, the Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorneyís 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 Martinís 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.

Attorney General's Office, UW Division

Assistant Attorneys General

Kate Battuello
Admitted to Practice: 1983 (Washington)
Law Degree: Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1983)
Undergraduate Degree: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (B.A., Political Science, 1980, summa cum laude)
Other Degree: University of Washington (M.P.H., 2002)
Practice Areas: Healthcare Law

Kate joined the UW Divisionís Health Care Team in October 2012. She has been with the Attorney Generalís Office since 2008, when she joined the Torts Division. During her time in Torts Kate defended the State of Washington in employment discrimination cases filed against state owned universities and other public agencies. She also handled faculty and student contract, discrimination, and First Amendment retaliation claims. Prior to joining the AGO Kate was a faculty member in the Health Law Concentration Track at the University of Washington Law School. Kate began her career as an attorney in private practice in downtown Seattle where she spent 15 years acquiring extensive litigation experience, including jury trials, motions practice and alternative dispute resolution.

Catherine Hendricks
Admitted to Practice: State of Washington, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, Ninth Circuit, Eleventh Circuit, United States Supreme Court
Law Degree: Columbia University School of Law (Charles Evans Hughes Fellow)
Undergraduate Degree: Michigan State University (B.A., English Literature, magna cum laude)
Other Degrees: University of Washington (M.A., English Literature, cum laude)
Practice Areas: Healthcare Law

Catherine joined the University of Washington Divisionís Healthcare team in October 2013. Catherine was a trial attorney (and later an appellate attorney) in the Torts Division of the Washington Attorney Generalís Office from 1997 to 2013. Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, Catherine practiced in the Criminal Division of the King County Prosecutor's Office and with the employment department of Karr Tuttle Campbell. She is a graduate of Columbia Universityís School of Law. Before attending law school, Catherine was an Assistant Provost at the University of Washington, where she was also a lecturer in the College of Arts & Sciences. Catherine has represented most state agencies -- and all of the stateís colleges and universities -- during her career with the Attorney Generalís Office. She is a trained mediator and has extensive arbitration experience. Catherine has litigated constitutional, civil rights, criminal, mental health, and employment law issues.

Aileen Huang
Admitted to Practice: 1996 (Washington), 2007 (U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington)
Law Degree: University of Washington School of Law (J.D., 1996)
Undergraduate Degree: Barnard College, Columbia University (B.A., Sociology, Art History Minor, 1991)
Practice Areas: Student Life, Housing and Food Services, Student Fiscal Services, The Graduate School, The Burke Museum, FERPA, Public Records

Aileen has been with the Washington State Attorney General's Office since January 1998. Before joining the UW Division in May 2007, she represented the Department of Social and Health Services in child abuse and neglect cases. Her other work experience includes serving as a law clerk for a King County Superior Court judge and as an intern for the King County Prosecutor's Office.

Rolf B. Johnson
Admitted to Practice: 1996 (California), 1999 (Washington)
Law Degree: University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) (J.D., 1995)
Undergraduate Degree: University of Washington (B.A., History, 1991, magna cum laude; B.A., Economics, 1991, magna cum laude)
Practice Areas: UW Technology, Software Licensing, Copyright, Trademark, and Trade Secret Law, Purchasing, Public Records, E-Discovery, UW Police, Real Estate Transactions, UWTV

Rolf joined the UW Division in 2007. He began his legal career in San Francisco where his practice focused on securities class action and derivative litigation. He then spent two years in Paris, France practicing international commercial arbitration and public international law. In 1999, Rolf returned to Seattle and joined Perkins Coie LLP, where he worked in the firmís general and commercial litigation department. During his time at Perkins, he also worked on secondment as in-house counsel to The Boeing Company and, through a fellowship program, as a Special Deputy Prosecutor in the Drug Enforcement Unit of the King County Prosecutorís Office.

Robert W. Kosin
Admitted to Practice: 1998 (Washington)
Law Degree: Seattle University School of Law (J.D., 1998)
Undergraduate Degree: Whitman College (B.A., Philosophy, 1992)
Practice Areas: Labor and Employment, Public Records, Occupational Health and Safety

Rob re-joined the division in February 2012. After law school, Rob served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Labor & Personnel Division focusing on civil service employment litigation and then as an associate in private practice where he worked in defense of employers in labor and employment matters. He returned to the Labor & Personnel Division and also has experience in representing state agencies in appellate matters, administrative licensing and regulatory matters, and tribal fuel tax litigation. Rob previously served in the UW Division in 2007-08 and more recently served as an Assistant City Attorney representing an eastside city in criminal, infraction and appellate matters.

Lawrence W. Paulsen
Admitted to Practice: 1998 (Washington)
Law Degree: University of Washington Law School (J.D., 1998)
Other Degree: Cambridge University (M.St., International Relations)
Undergraduate Degree: Washington State University (B.A., Political Science, 1992 summa cum laude)
Practice Area: Employment Law and International Law

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 Title VII, the ADA, the FMLA, the ADEA, RCW 49.60, and the University Faculty Code.

Jessica Russell
Admitted to Practice: 2005 (Washington and U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington)
Law Degree: University of Oregon, School of Law (J.D., 2005)
Undergraduate Degree: Western Washington University (B.A., Law & Diversity, 2001)
Practice Areas: Employment Law, Environmental Health and Safety, WISHA/LNI, Commuter Services, and Student Residency Issues

Jessica joined our office from the Torts Division of the Attorney Generalís 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 workerís compensation, wage and hour, and prevailing wage cases at the administrative and state court levels.

Clark C. Shores
Admitted to Practice: 1990 (Washington)
Law Degree: University of Washington, School of Law (J.D., 1990)
Undergraduate Degree: Reed College (B.A., Philosophy, 1978)
Other Degree: University of Washington (Ph.D., Philosophy, 1985)
Practice Areas: Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer, Libraries, Research Contracts, CTC

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).

Mark Yamashita
Admitted to Practice: 1989 (Washington) (U.S. District Courts for Western and Eastern Districts Washington; Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit)
Law Degree: University of Puget Sound School of Law (J.D., 1989)
Undergraduate Degree: University of Washington (B.A., Political Science, 1986)
Practice Areas: Employment Law, Labor Relations

Mark joined the UW division in May 2008. He has been practicing law in Washington State since 1989, and became an Assistant Attorney General in 2000. Before moving to the UOW division, he worked exclusively in the Torts Division, where he represented government agencies (WSDOT, WSF, WA Liquor Board, Western Washington University, Everett Community College, DSHS, DOC, WSP, Ecology) and various state agency directors, managers, and employees in suits concerning employment discrimination, civil rights violations, personal injury, and maritime claims. Prior to working for the AGO, Mark was in private practice for 5 years, with a general practice in criminal defense, employment law, and estate planning. Before private practice Mark worked at a public defense agency for 7 years, representing indigent clients in felony, juvenile, and misdemeanor offense matters, and supervising juvenile and felony units.

Quentin Yerxa
Admitted to Practice: 1988 (Washington)
Law Degree: University of Washington School of Law (J.D., 1988)
Undergraduate Degree: University of Washington (B.A., History, 1981)
Other Degrees: University of Washington (M.A.T., English, 1983)
Practice Areas: Real Estate Transactions (Metro Tract), Land Use, Environmental Health and Safety, Development, Admissions, Tuition & Residency, Financial Aid

Immediately prior to joining the Attorney General's Office in November 2003, 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 Yung
Admitted to Practice: 1996 (Washington)
Law Degree: University of Washington School of Law (J.D., 1996)
Undergraduate Degree: Washington State University (B.A., English, 1992)
Practice Areas: Health Sciences and Medical Centers, Healthcare Law, Compliance

Jane came to the University of Washington Division from Washington State University where, from 1998 to 2003, she was the Assistant Director of Government Relations. Formerly, Jane was an Assistant Attorney General in the Labor & Industries Division, litigating industrial insurance cases and advising and litigating for the employment standards team.

Dina L. Yunker
Admitted to Practice: 1987 (Washington, U.S. District Courts for Eastern and Western Districts of Washington)
Law Degree: University of Puget Sound (Seattle University) (J.D., 1986)
Undergraduate Degree: Montana State University (B.A., Political Science, 1982)
Practice Areas: Health Sciences and Medical Centers, Healthcare Law, Risk Management

Admitted in Washington in 1987, Dina maintained a commercial litigation practice before joining the Attorney Generalís 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.

 

Professional Support Staff

Olga Buiter, Legal Secretary, provides direct support for Robert Kosin, Lawrence Paulsen, Jessica Russell, and Mark Yamashita.

Elizabeth Dahl, Paralegal, supports the attorneys in our business group.

Michelle Doiron, Paralegal, supports the attorneys in our employment group.

Jane Dukuray, Budget Clerk, oversees fiscal matters for the division.

Dawn Glinsmann, 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 Gary Ikeda.

Lanse Jones, Paralegal, supports the attorneys in our healthcare group.

David Jenkins, Computer Support Analyst, oversees the Divisionís databases and file system. He also assists with computer hardware and software issues.

Mary Taylor, Legal Secretary, provides direct support for Helen Arntson, Aileen Huang, Rolf Johnson, Karin Nyrop, Clark Shores, and Quentin Yerxa.

Sandy Webb, Legal Secretary, provides direct support for Kate Battuello, Erica Sumioka, Jane Yung, and Dina Yunker.

Allison West, 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.