Carolyn Cairns

Mediator, Arbitrator

Expertise Areas:

  • Employment
  • Discrimination
  • Labor
  • Disability Rights
  • Trade Secret Violations
  • Employment Contract Disputes

WAMS Mediator Certification: 2017


For over 30 years, Carolyn Cairns practiced employment law as litigator and counselor on behalf of both employers and employees, handling a wide range of matters including discrimination, harassment, wage and hour violations, wrongful termination, contract claims, covenants not to compete, and trade secret violations. Additionally, Ms. Cairns has served as a mediator and arbitrator in employment and other commercial cases, including class actions, since the late 1980’s and continues to serve as a Rule 39.1 mediator for federal court disputes.

Ms. Cairns regularly speaks at seminars and employment institutes on a wide range of topics pertaining to alternative dispute resolution and employment law and authored the chapter titled “Mediation of Employment Disputes” in the Washington State Trial Lawyers’ Employment Law Deskbook.

Education: DePaul University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude (1976); Wheaton College, B.A., cum laude (1970)

Affiliations: Washington Arbitration and Mediation Service  • American Arbitration Association  •  College of Labor and Employment Lawyers  •  Washington State Bar Association  •  Endowment for Equal Justice

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