Reinisch Wilson Weier PC Workers' Compensation Defense and Employment Law

Caroline A. Hopkins

Caroline Hopkins is a litigation attorney in the Oregon workers’ compensation group in the Portland office. Prior to joining the firm, Caroline practiced insurance defense as a civil litigator in California for approximately 10 years. Caroline worked for a civil litigation firm representing subcontractor clients in complex litigation involving mass residential home development homeowner claims against developers and multiple subcontractor parties, as well as personal injury claims involving subcontractors and construction sites and product liability. She then became staff counsel for a large insurance carrier, continuing her representation of subcontractors in complex litigation before into moving into general liability litigation. While as staff counsel, Caroline helped secure a defense verdict in a case involving a claim of equitable subrogation against multiple subcontractor parties by a large insurance carrier who sought to recoup defense fees and costs paid to a developer in an underlying construction defect case.

Caroline earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies in 1999 from the University of California at Riverside. After working as a copy editor for a technology company, she attended California Western School of Law in San Diego, receiving her Juris Doctor in 2007.

While at California Western School of Law, Caroline was a writer and editor for the California Western Law Review and earned American Jurisprudence Awards in four subjects. She also clerked for non-profit agencies providing legal services to survivors of domestic violence, including clerking at the Family Justice Center in San Diego.

Client Service

Effective and successful strategy in workers’ compensation requires an understanding of the applicable law, open communication and attention to detail while also keeping an eye on the big picture. As a claim evolves, so must our strategy. Responsiveness, professionalism, integrity and reliability are key to driving effective resolution, whether it be through litigation or settlement.

Education

  • Juris Doctor (cum laude), California Western School of Law, 2007
    • California Western Law Review­
      • Writer and Editor
    • American Jurisprudence Awards
      • Criminal Law
      • Torts 1
      • Legal Skills 1
      • Family Law
  • Bachelor of Science, Liberal Studies with a Major Focus in English, Minor Focus in Creative Writing, University of California at Riverside, 1999

Personal

Cycling, mountain biking, paddle boarding, hiking, quilting and archery.