Carey Gephart a director and shareholder with the Firm, has a varied practice that includes maritime personal injury defense, commercial litigation, employment litigation, commercial transactions, insurance coverage resolution, corporate and joint venture work and intellectual property matters. Carey has represented clients at all stages of litigation in state and federal courts in Washington and Alaska, and has consulted employers, insurers and third-party administrators in dual jurisdiction claims relating to the Jones Act, Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and state workers’ compensation systems (Washington, Alaska and California). Carey also consults with maritime and non-maritime clients in regard to employment issues and has represented clients in regard to claims filed with the EEOC, Alaska Human Rights Commission, Washington State Human Rights Commission and Seattle Office of Civil Rights. Carey also has a special interest in intellectual property matters and has advised clients on matters pertaining to patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret protection.
Carey received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Chemistry and Biology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota (1999). During college, Carey worked as a technical aide at the 3M facility in Woodbury, Minnesota. Following receipt of her undergraduate degrees, she worked as a formulation chemist for one year. Thereafter, Carey pursued a J.D. at Drake University School of Law in Des Moines, Iowa. In 2003, Carey received her J.D. with highest honors. During law school, she served as a Note Editor for The Drake Law Review, was the recipient of the faculty-awarded H.G. Cartwright Award for the best published student note in The Drake Law Review for that year, and received various awards for academic excellence. After her J.D. was conferred, Carey was inducted into the Order of the Coif.
Following her graduation from law school and prior to joining the Firm, Carey clerked for two years with the Honorable Mark W. Bennett, Chief Judge, of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa.
Carey is admitted to practice in Washington, Alaska and Iowa (inactive). She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Alaska Bar Association.