Karin B. Swope


1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, Washington 98101 

P: 206.623.1900
F: 206.623.3384



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.

Bar and Court Admissions

1994, Washington

1997, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

1997, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

2006, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

2006, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

2007, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

2009, Western District of Tennessee

2010, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

2010, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

2010, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

2010, U.S. Supreme Court

2015, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit


Amherst College – B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Columbia Law School – J.D.
Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
Executive Articles Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review 
Paul Bernstein Scholarship Recipient

Professional and Civic Involvement

Adjunct Professor, Seattle University School of Law, Intellectual Property Law

Member of the Washington State Bar Association Executive Committee, Intellectual Property Section, and Chair of the Nominating Committee

National Employment Lawyers Association, ERISA Amicus Committee Member and Amicus Brief Writer 

ABA Tort, Trial and Insurance Law Journal, Associate Editor 

Washington State Bar Association, Member 

American Bar Association, Member, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice and Intellectual Property sections 

King County Bar Association, Member, Intellectual Property section

Honors & Awards

Selected to Rising Stars and Super Lawyers lists 2016, 2018-2019.

Articles & Presentations

Speaker, Federal Court Practice Bootcamp, 2011, 2012.

Speaker, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA, ERISA Hot Topics, 2008.

Co-Chair and Speaker, WSBA CLE, IP For the Rest of Us, 2007-2009.

Speaker, WSBA CLE, 11th Annual Intellectual Property Institute, The Year in Trademark Law, 2006.

Speaker, King County Bar Association CLE, Electronic Discovery, 2006.

Speaker, WSBA CLE, Hot Trends in Intellectual Property Damages, 2005.

Karin B. Swope, 5K2.0 Departures: A Backdoor out of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, 24 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 135 (1993).

Executive Articles Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, 1992-1993.

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