Caroline Larsen

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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.

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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.


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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


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