Caroline Larsen

Shareholder Phoenix

Caroline Larsen has litigated and defended clients in a wide variety of employment matters in various venues, including Arizona state court, various district courts, the Arizona Court of Appeals, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, Arizona Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice - Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), and various arbitration forums. In addition, Caroline helps clients avoid litigation by advising regarding leave, accommodation, downsizing and termination issues; assisting in investigations; developing personnel policies; and drafting employment contracts.

In addition, as a member of the firm’s Disability Access Practice Group, Caroline advises and defends clients in matters involving access for individuals with disabilities under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities and the Arizona Civil Rights Act, and represents hotels, resorts, retail stores, restaurants, and other places of public accommodation by providing training and compliance guidance. She regularly gives speeches and training to travel and hospitality associations and other industry groups regarding disability access issues.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Caroline worked for an international general practice law firm in the commercial litigation and labor and employment groups. At that firm, Caroline handled a wide assortment of labor and employment matters, as well as commercial litigation cases, including contract disputes, borrower-lender issues, forcible detainers, and temporary restraining orders.


Caroline has bench and jury trial experience in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona and has arbitrated cases before the American Arbitration Association, JAMS, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). She has obtained several defense verdicts and resolved numerous cases via summary judgment in favor of her clients.

Caroline has defended clients in long-running complex multi-party cases, countless single plaintiff actions, and urgent injunction matters to enforce – or overturn the enforcement – of restrictive covenants against competition and solicitation by former employees.

Caroline also regularly guides clients through mediations and settlement conferences to achieve early, economical resolutions.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • Maricopa County Association (Board Member, Labor and Employment Section)
  • Federal Bar Association (Employment Section)
  • Homeless Legal Assistance Project (former President, Vice President, and Board Member)
  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association


  • National Business Institute Webinar - ''ADA Title III Accessibility Law'' - December 13, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Less Than Zero? A Pragmatic Approach to Enforcing Sexual Harassment Policies in the Wake of the #MeToo Movement'' - Scottsdale - October 26, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Drowning in Documentation? Staying Compliant and Current With Handbooks, Investigations, and Other Employment Documentation'' - Phoenix - May 09, 2018
  • Sandra Day O’Connor American Inn of Court - ''Panel Discussion on the Americans with Disabilities Act'' - Phoenix - November 21, 2017
  • 2017 Community College Risk Management Summit - ''Preventive Maintenance: ADA Title II and Title III Obligations In and Around the Classroom'' - Phoenix - November 02, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Avoiding Documentation Drama: Practical Strategies For Managing And Improving Performance Documentation'' - Scottsdale - October 20, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Getting Off On The Right Foot: Best Practices For Screening Candidates And Hiring New Employees'' - Scottsdale - October 20, 2017
  • Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association - ''Proposition 206: Understanding Arizona's New Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Law'' - Phoenix - April 19, 2017
  • Arizona Hospitality Summit 2016 - ''Stopping the ADA Frivolous Lawsuits'' - Phoenix - November 29, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2017 Seminar - ''Comfort Dogs, Nut-free Environments, and Odorless Workplaces: The Expansion of ‘Reasonable’ Accommodations'' - Phoenix - October 04, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2017 Seminar - ''When a Few Inches Matter: What You Need to Know to Make Sure Your Business is ADA-Compliant'' - Phoenix - October 04, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar (moderator) - ''The Website Accessibility Litigation Explosion'' - Chicago - May 2016
  • Prescott Area Hospitality Association and Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association - ''ADA Accessibility (Title III) Claims on the Rise: What Your Business Needs to Know'' - Prescott - April 2016
  • State Bar of Arizona: Labor and Employment Section - ''ADA Accessibility (Title III) Claims on the Rise: What Business Owners, Employers and Employment Lawyers Need to Know'' - Tucson - March 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''You’re Not the Boss of Me!'' - Scottsdale - September 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar (moderator) - ''In Their Own Words: HR Professionals and In-House Labor and Employment Attorneys Discuss Current Issues and Challenges Affecting Their Organizations'' - Scottsdale - October 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce 2014 - ''Finding Mr. or Mrs. Right: Avoiding Liability in the Hiring Process'' - Scottsdale - October 04, 2013
  • Maricopa County Bar Association Paralegal Career Day - ''What is Legal in Interviewing and Hiring?'' - Phoenix - May 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Dealing with Problem Employees and Pro Se Plaintiffs'' - Scottsdale - October 2012
  • Maricopa County Bar Association Paralegal Career Day - ''Legal Landmines in Interviewing and Hiring'' - Phoenix - May 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Arizona Labor and Employment Law Update'' - Phoenix - May 2012
  • Northwest Arizona Human Resource Association - ''2011 Employment Law Update'' - Phoenix - April 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Tackling Tough Wage and Hour Issues -- Your Guide to Surviving Increased Department of Labor Enforcement and Private Litigation'' - Phoenix - September 2010

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