Karin B. Swope

Karin B. Swope

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Seattle, WA

Keller Rohrback L.L.P.
 | 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-623-1900
Fax: 206-623-3384
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2006
Licensed Since: 1994
Education: Columbia Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (30%),
  • Employee Benefits (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Karin Swope is focused on client success. As a member of the firm’s nationally recognized Complex Litigation Group, Karin represents clients in intellectual property litigation and counseling, consumer protection law, ERISA law, antitrust and securities litigation. Ms. Swope has represented clients for over 20 years in state and federal courts across the country, as well as proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She has represented companies and sovereign nations in protecting their intellectual property rights. She has protected the retirement funds of employees whose employers had breached their fiduciary duties in violation of ERISA, in cases against Washington Mutual, State Street Bank and Regions Financial Corporation, among others. She has filed amicus briefs in ERISA cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. She has helped consumers fight against unfair and deceptive practices, and has helped to change consumer protection law in the process. She has also represented shareholders in complex securities litigation in state and federal courts.

    Following her graduation from Columbia Law School, Karin served as a law clerk to the Honorable John C. Coughenour in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Cowen of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit. She has been an Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Seattle University School of Law since 2008.

    About Karin Swope

    Admitted: 1994, Washington

    Professional Webpage: http://www.krcomplexlit.com/attorney/karin-b-swope/

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2006
    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2010
    • Bar, U.S. Supreme Court, 2010
    • National Employment Lawyers Association, ERISA Amicus Committee Member and Amicus Brief Writer 
    • King County Bar Association, Member, Intellectual Property section
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 2006
    • Western District of Tennessee, 2009
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2010
    • Member of the Washington State Bar Association Executive Committee, Intellectual Property Section, and Chair of the Nominating Committee
    • American Bar Association, Member, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice and Intellectual Property sections 
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1997
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2007
    • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2010
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2015
    • Washington State Bar Association, Member 
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, 1997

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Amicus Brief Writer to National Employment Lawyers Association

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Adjunct Professor at Seattle University School of Law teaching Intellectual Property Arts Law Clinic, Adjunct Professor, Seattle University School of Law
    • American Bar Association Tort, Trial and Insurance Law Journal, Associate Editor 
    • Federal Court Practice Bootcamp, Speaker, 2012
    • National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention, ERISA Hot Topic, Atlanta, GA, Speaker, 2008
    • Continuing Legal Education, IP For the Rest of Us, Co-Chair, Washington State Bar Association, 2009
    • 11th Annual Intellectual Property Institute, The Year in Trademark Law, Speaker, Washington State Bar Association, 2006
    • Continuing Legal Education, Electronic Discovery, Speaker, King County Bar Association, 2006
    • Continuing Legal Education, Hot Trends in Intellectual Property Damages, Speaker, Washington State Bar Association, 2005
    • 5K2.0 Departures: A Backdoor out of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, 24 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 135., Author, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, 1993
    • Executive Articles Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, 1993

    Educational Background:

    • Amherst College – B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
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    Office Location for Karin B. Swope

    1201 Third Avenue
    Suite 3200
    Seattle, WA 98101

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    Last Updated: 4/14/2020

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