Karin M. Cogbill represents and counsels employers in connection with all types of labor and employment matters arising under federal and state laws. She 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. Karin’s experience also includes handling single plaintiff discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination matters in both state and federal court, as well as arbitrations. In addition, Karin counsels employers on employee performance and termination issues, wage and hour compliance, audits payroll practices and 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.    

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.

Professional & Community Affiliations


American Bar Association


Judiciary Committee

Santa Clara County Bar Association


William A. Ingram American Inn of Court

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Law Alumni Association

Santa Clara University

Past President, Board of Directors

(President, 2014-2016, Vice President 2013-2014)

Christmas in the Park


Young Alumnus Rising Star

School of Law

Santa Clara University


Named, Rising Star

Northern California

Super Lawyers


Recipient, Gerald Marer Advocacy Award

Best Brief in Final Round


Order of the Coif

Phi Delta Phi, International Legal Honor Society

Speaking Engagements

Wage Statements

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 4, 2018

2018 Bay Area Breakfast Briefing Series

San Francisco, CA

January 10, 2018

2017 Bay Area Breakfast Briefing - Mountain View

San Francisco, CA

January 18, 2017

Retail Industry Roundtable

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 6, 2016

Labor & Employment Law Developments: Looking Back at 2015 and Ahead to 2016

Littler, Mountain View, CA

January 19, 2016

2013 Bay Area Employment Law Updates

San Jose, CASan Francisco, CAWalnut Creek, CA

January 15, 2013

You Can’t Make Me Come to Work! Untangling the Web of Employee Leaves and Understanding What’s New in 2013

Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce Seminar, San Jose, CA

December 13, 2012

Summary Judgment Motions: Mysteries of the Deep and Calm Seas

Santa Clara County Bar Association

September 24, 2012

San Jose Employment Law Update

San Jose, CA

February 28, 2012

Suitable Seating for Your Employees -Is Your Company Compliant, or at Risk?

June 29, 2011


  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2006magna cum laude
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2003

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California