Carrie Hobbs
 

Carrie Hobbs represents sophisticated clients at all stages of litigation, from pre-suit settlement negotiations to appeals. She has played an active role in a range of complex matters, including those involving bad faith insurance litigation, intellectual property, financial services, class actions, contract disputes, and consumer protection claims.

In addition, Carrie has represented several pro bono clients—including domestic violence survivors and asylum seekers—through all stages of litigation. Prior to joining WTO, Carrie was a Law Clerk in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington as well as a litigation associate in the Seattle office of a large international law firm.

Other Experience

Perkins Coie, Associate
Seattle University School of Law, Research Assistant for Professor
     Deborah Ahrens
United States District Court, Western District of Washington,
     Judicial Extern

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Super Lawyers
     Washington Rising Star, 2016
Colorado Women’s Bar Association
William L. Dwyer American Inn of Courts, 2011-2017
      Pupilage Co-Leader, 2016-2017
Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence, Board Member, 2015-2016
Volunteer Attorney, Domestic Violence Impact Project, 2012-2016
Global Law Brigades: Legal training trip to Panama, 2010

Personal Interests

Exploring the world with her family and attending music festivals


Carrie Hobbs focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation for sophisticated companies. She has experience representing clients in a broad range of litigation at both the trial and appellate levels, including matters involving employment, class action, intellectual property, financial services, contract disputes, and consumer protection claims.

Representative Cases
  • Lobato v. Travelers, No. 18-cv-00504-REB-MEH (D. Colo. 2019) - Secured a "walk away" dismissal of a multimillion-dollar underinsured-motorist lawsuit for bad faith and punitive damages. One month before trial, the plaintiffs agreed to drop the lawsuit, and the client paid nothing.
  • Won early dismissal on an issue of first impression in Colorado courts, with the court finding that a homeowner did not have standing based on the language of the policy to sue under a lender-placed policy.
  • Assisted several international companies in investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the False Claims Act.
  • Defended officers and directors of federally insured bank in action involving breach of fiduciary claims brought by the FDIC.
  • Successfully protected a human resources company from public disclosure of confidential and proprietary information to competitors in response to a public records request.
  • Successfully drafted and argued a motion to dismiss in federal court on behalf of one of the largest mortgage lenders in the country.
  • Represented a media company in a national employment class action arising out of independent contractor claims.
  • Successfully represented a domestic violence survivor in a three-week bench trial, resulting in a very favorable outcome that protected our client and her child.
  • Represented a minor league baseball team in breach of contract claim arising out of sale of team and negotiated favorable settlement of all claims.
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Other Experience

Perkins Coie, Associate
Seattle University School of Law, Research Assistant for Professor
     Deborah Ahrens
United States District Court, Western District of Washington,
     Judicial Extern

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Super Lawyers
     Washington Rising Star, 2016
Colorado Women’s Bar Association
William L. Dwyer American Inn of Courts, 2011-2017
      Pupilage Co-Leader, 2016-2017
Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence, Board Member, 2015-2016
Volunteer Attorney, Domestic Violence Impact Project, 2012-2016
Global Law Brigades: Legal training trip to Panama, 2010

Government Service

Law Clerk, U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington

Law Clerk, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Unit

Personal Interests

Exploring the world with her family and attending music festivals

Education
  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., 2012, summa cum laude, Faculty Trust Scholar, Seattle University Law Review, Note and Comment Editor
  • University of Arkansas, M.S., 2009, Operations Management
  • University of Arkansas, B.A., 2006, Sociology and Criminal Justice, cum laude
Government Service

Law Clerk, U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington

Law Clerk, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Unit

Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit