Karin M. Cogbill

Karin M. Cogbill

Karin Cogbill is a member of Hopkins & Carley’s Employment & Labor Law Practice in the San Jose office. She represents and counsels employers in connection with all types of labor and employment matters arising under federal and state laws.

Karin devotes a significant portion of her practice to representing employers in wage and hour litigation, with an emphasis on class, collective and hybrid actions, in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Her experience also includes:

  • Handling single plaintiff discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination matters in both state and federal court, as well as arbitrations
  • Employee performance and termination issues
  • Wage and hour compliance
  • Audits payroll practices
  • Evaluates classification determinations

Karin's litigation experience encompasses all phases of litigation, from inception to trial, in both federal and state courts. She has successfully represented clients in enforcing arbitration agreements and class-action waivers.

Karin has taken and defended countless depositions, successfully obtained summary judgment, achieved full and partial defense verdicts in arbitration, handled complex class actions, including opposing class and conditional certification, managed detailed factual investigations, and negotiated resolutions to numerous legal matters.   

Prior to joining Hopkins & Carley, Karin was a partner at Littler Mendelson P.C. She started her legal career as an associate in the San Jose office of Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner, LLP.

During law school, Karin served as a judicial extern to the Hon. Ronald M. Whyte of the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She was director of the Honors Moot Court Board and she earned a Public Interest and Social Justice Certificate. She attended the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

  • Successfully obtained decertification of an unpaid wages claim asserted in a 1,000+ employee class action, and obtained summary judgment on two additional claims for penalties.
  • Successfully enforced a client's arbitration agreement, which contained a class waiver, to compel arbitration of the plaintiff's individual claims only, and dismissal of all class claims.  Thereafter, negotiated a favorable settlement on the individual claim, which effectively allowed the client to resolve the matter without the exposure from a threatened class action.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an employer in single plaintiff case with claims of alleged whistleblower retaliation.  
  • Conducted multiple wage and hour audits for clients in the manufacturing and retail sectors in order to preemptively identify areas of risk and concern and implement policies and procedures to ensure compliance

Selected Publications

  • “Complying with California’s Suitable Seating Requirements”, SHRM Online, November 2018

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • “Retail Industry Roundtable,” The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, May 2016
  • “You Can’t Make Me Come to Work! Untangling the Web of Employee Leaves and Understanding What’s New in 2013”, SVO, 2013
  • “Summary Judgment Motions:  Mysteries of the Deep and Calm Seas”, Santa Clara County Bar Association, September 2012
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Santa Clara Bar Association Judiciary Committee, Member
  • William A. Ingram American Inn of Court, Member
  • Santa Clara University Law Alumni Association, Treasurer and Board of Directors
  • San Jose Christmas in the Park, Past President, Board of Directors, (President, 2014-16, Vice President, 2013-14)
  • State Bar of California (2006)
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District
  • J.D., (magna cum laude) Santa Clara University
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

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