Kari Hanson - Over 20 years of employment law experience
After clerking in Division II of the Washington State Court of Appeals, she entered private practice, representing plaintiffs in employment and civil rights matters. In 2003, she joined the Washington State Office of the Attorney General’s Labor and Personnel Division, where she worked until August 2019.
While working as an Assistant Attorney General, Kari represented a wide range of state agencies on employment and labor matters, including the Department of Corrections, the Washington State Patrol, the Legislature, the Department of Natural Resources, the Washington State Fruit Commission, and several community colleges. She provided litigation and advice services on diverse legal topics, including employee misconduct; she has reviewed and advised on hundreds of workplace investigations.
Beginning in 2017, Kari served as the lead for the Office of the Attorney General’s Sexual Harassment Response Team, a group of employees who conduct investigations into allegations of sexual harassment. In that capacity, Kari conducted or assigned and monitored investigations. She consulted on and reviewed investigation reports prepared by team members.
In addition to this work, Kari has conducted discrimination and climate assessment investigations for the Office of the Attorney General
Kari holds a B.A. in English and a Master of Arts in teaching from Duke University. In 1994, she received her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude. She served as an editor on the Seattle University Law Review.
She is admitted to practice in all Washington state and federal courts.