Caryn, a partner with Larson • King, focuses her practice in the areas of construction, products liability, commercial litigation, and business litigation. She provides advice to clients regarding business planning and avoiding disputes. She also has significant experience in all aspects of offensive and defensive litigation, including jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, and mediations.
Caryn represents clients in a wide variety of matters, including contract drafting and negotiation, administrative and governmental proceedings, and complex civil litigated disputes venued throughout the United States. Her clients operate in diverse industries, including construction, manufacturing, energy, agriculture, transportation, and insurance. In the construction area, Caryn represents contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, owners, and design professionals in matters involving both residential and commercial projects. She has extensive experience in mechanics’ liens, bond claims, construction contracts, construction defects, jobsite accidents, OSHA, and arbitration. In the products liability area, Caryn represents manufacturers and distributors of a wide variety of products, including construction and agricultural products and equipment, natural gas and electricity, and personal protective equipment. Caryn has served as national coordinating counsel and national settlement counsel in nationwide products liability litigation for a Fortune 100 manufacturing company. She also represents major liability and property insurers on a broad range of matters, including construction, property, and claim handling issues.
Caryn volunteers for the Tubman Safety Project, where she provides pro bono legal representation to low income domestic violence victims who are seeking Orders for Protection and was the recipient of the Tubman Safety Project Attorney of the Year award. Caryn also serves as a mentor to law students through a local law school’s formal mentoring program. She has served and continues to serve on several trade association, non-profit, and for-profit advisory boards.
Caryn grew up in the Twin Cities area. She enjoys downhill skiing, watching sports, and gardening. She is an avid traveler, having been to 47 of the 50 United States, 29 countries, and 5 continents.
Hamline University School of Law, magna cum laude
M. Arnold Lyons Award for Highest Academic Performance in Graduating Class
Editor-in-Chief, Hamline Law Review
Civil Rights Moot Court
University of St. Thomas, magna cum laude
American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association – Council Member, Assembly Member, Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Council
North Dakota State Bar Association
Wisconsin State Bar Association
Ramsey County Bar Association – Past President, Past Board of Directors Member, Bench & Bar Benefit Co-Chair
Women Construction Owners and Executives – Past National President, Past Board of Directors Member
American Arbitration Association – Construction Dispute Resolution Committee Member
USLAW – Construction Practice Group Co-Chair
Minnesota State University, Construction Management Department – Industry Advisory Board Member
Association of Women Contractors of Minnesota
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) – Past Fellow, Alumni Executive Council
Twin Cities Diversity in Practice – Past Board Co-Chair, Board of Directors Member
National Association of Women Lawyers
Minnesota Women Lawyers
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
Tubman Advisory Council
Minnesota; North Dakota; Wisconsin; Virginia; District of Columbia
Publications & Seminars
Caryn is a frequent presenter at legal and industry seminars and conferences and a frequent author for legal and industry publications, including:
Co-Author, Minnesota Chapter of “Construction Law Compendium,” USLAW; Author, “Leveling the Playing Field: Certifying Businesses in the Construction Industry,” For the Defense; Presenter, “Design-Related Risks in Construction,” USLAW Worldwide Virtual Retreat; Moderator, “MBE and WBE Businesses in the Construction Industry: Leveling the Playing Field,” DRI Construction Law Virtual Seminar; Panelist, “False Claims Act: The New Construction Hammer,” USLAW Spring Client Conference; Panelist, “Deconstructing the Definition of Diversity,” Diversity & Inclusion in the Legal Industry Conference; Panelist, “Building a Framework of Inclusion,” DRI Construction Law Seminar; Presenter, “Contractual Indemnity Clauses,” Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Seminar; Panelist, “Leveraging Women Construction Organizations,” Women in Construction – West Coast Annual Conference; Presenter, “Operation Termination: Minimizing Multiple Risks When Terminating an Employee Following an Adverse Incident,” USLAW Webinar; Panelist, “Pleadings And Discovery: Stuck In The Middle With (All Of) You!,” USLAW Risk Management Exchange; Moderator, ”Contract Negotiations,” Association of Women Contractors Spring Workshop; Presenter, “Contract Provisions: The Stuff You Don’t Read,” Constructing Success; Presenter, “Ethical and Effective Practices for Corporate Counsel”; Panelist, “Legislative and Legal Updates,” Women Construction Owners and Executives Mid-Year Meeting and Conference; Panelist, “Compliance Verification in Third-Party Contracts: Effective Due-Diligence and Contracting Strategies,” Association of Corporate Counsel; Panelist, “Serving on Nonprofit Boards,” Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Seminar; Presenter, “Contractual Indemnity Clauses,” Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Seminar; Presenter, “Show Your Clients the Money: Enforcing Judgments in Minnesota,” Hennepin County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar; Presenter, “Show Your Clients the Money: Enforcing Judgments in Minnesota,” Ramsey County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar; Presenter, “Top Ten Contract Clauses For You To Know And Understand,” Association of Women Contractors Fall Workshop; Presenter, “Out Of The Trenches And Into The Courtroom: A Legal And Practical Discussion Of The False Claims Act,” Women Construction Owners and Executives Mid-Year Meeting and Conference; Presenter, “Making the Most of the Discovery Process,” Hennepin County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar; Presenter, “Managing a Crisis and its Aftermath,” Minnesota State Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section; Co-Author, “Property Insurance: Additional Insured Issues,” Exploring Property Insurance and Construction Law Issues, DRI ; Presenter, “Mediation Basics,” University of Minnesota; Presenter, “Managing a Crisis and its Aftermath,” Larson King Corporate Counsel Summit; Presenter, “Making the Most of the Discovery Process,” Ramsey County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar; Panel Moderator, “Examining Minnesota’s New Bad Faith Law,” Ramsey County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar; Presenter, “Contractual Indemnity Clauses,” Twin Cities Insurance Club; Presenter, “The Art of Drafting ADR Clauses,” American Arbitration Association Construction Conference; Presenter, “Indemnity and Insurance,” Ramsey County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar; Seminar Moderator and Presenter on “Mechanics’ Liens,” Lorman Education Services Seminar, Condominium Construction Issues; Author, “The Immigration Reform and Control Act: New Forms, Rules, and Requirements,” Turning Point, Women Construction Owners and Executives; Author, “What the Judge and Jury Don’t Know Can Hurt You: How Proposed Changes to the AIA Forms May Affect Construction Disputes,” Of Counsel; Presenter, “New Immigration Rules and Requirements,” Women Construction Owners and Executives Mid-Year Meeting and Conference; Panelist, National Association of Women Lawyers Seminar, “From Backpack to Briefcase”; Presenter, “Mechanics’ Liens,” National Association of Women in Construction