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Overview

Karen guides clients through high-stakes litigation, focusing on product liability and mass tort matters.

Manufacturers, construction companies, automotive manufacturers and retailers, insurers, contractors, suppliers and business owners are a few of the clients relying on Karen’s experience, counsel and defense. She is well versed in complex litigation involving toxic products, materials and chemicals. Karen regularly represents clients in state and federal court in matters of product liability, premises liability, personal injury and other complex allegations. She is known for her ability to defend client reputation along with the legal claims at hand.

In addition to Karen’s focus on complex products liability, she also has experience representing clients in general commercial litigation, business litigation, and the quickly evolving cannabis and CBD industry.


Industries

Services

Recognition

  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2015-2020

Education

  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
  • B.A., University of California, Irvine
    • English, International Studies

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), Cannabis Section

Languages

  • Spanish, proficient
  • Cantonese, proficient
Experience
  • Obtained complete dismissal on behalf of talc supplier in jury trial arising from allegations that its talc, later incorporated into baby powder, was contaminated.
  • Defended construction materials company against claims of injury from alleged exposure to asbestos-containing products during plaintiff's work on various construction sites. Secured favorable outcome for client.
  • Defended equipment manufacturer in injury and wrongful death allegations brought by familial survivors, claiming exposure to asbestos during decedent's work aboard Navy vessels. Secured favorable outcome for client.
Outside the Office

Karen is an adventurous traveler, backpacker and off-roader.

She has independently traveled, mostly solo, to over 100 international cities, from the jungles and temples of Southeast Asia and Central America to the high mountain passes of the Himalayas. She enjoys shipwreck diving and cooking. Her favorite place in the world is the cabin she helped build on the coast in Big Sur.

Community Leadership

Karen donates her time, talents and legal skills to pro bono matters.

Karen has volunteered with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), an organization that provides attorneys to unrepresented children who would otherwise be going into immigration court alone. Karen has also assisted commercial tenants in renegotiating leases during COVID-19.

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