Karen is an experienced employment attorney who provides efficient, effective legal representation in employment, wage and hour, and public accessibility litigation.  As a member of the labor and employment team, Karen represents employers in employment cases presenting claims of discrimination (race, sex, age, national origin and disability), harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, wage and hour violations, and wrongful termination. Her practice also includes prosecuting and defending trade secret misappropriation cases involving employee raiding and anti-competitive activity by former employees and competitors.

Karen draws on her significant experience and ability to partner with business executives when counseling clients on a broad range of employment issues in order to minimize the risk of litigation.

Following law school, she gained valuable legal experience providing high-quality representation to technology companies while an associate at a large Silicon Valley firm. She honed her ability to provide cost-effective representation when she joined former big law attorneys who formed a boutique  employment litigation and counseling firm in the Bay Area. At Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Karen is able to utilize these skills and experience while working with a team of professionals dedicated to providing clients with quality, efficient and creative service.


  • Successfully defended cable company against claims of discrimination based on disability, race and national origin, failure to provide reasonable accommodation, failure to engage in the interactive process, and retaliation.
  • Significantly narrowed Fair Labor Standards Act wage and hour collective action, resulting in favorable settlement of claims by three remaining plaintiffs on behalf of digital health care company.
  • Defended Fortune 50 cable and internet company in multi-plaintiff lawsuits in California state and federal courts presenting meal period, rest break, and overtime violations of California wage and hour laws.
  • Second-chaired five-day arbitration in an employee raiding case, involving claims of breach of contracts, misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference with contractual and business relations, and unfair business practices.
  • Represent employers in matters before the EEOC and California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
  • Routinely advise clients on various employment matters, including employment agreements, severance agreements, vacation and sick leave policies, and employee handbooks. 



  • Member, California State Bar, Labor and Employment Section


Events & Speaking Engagements

  • September 22, 2021
    Workplace Harassment Prevention Training, National Association of Theatre Owners of California/Nevada

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JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 1998

BA, University of Southern California, 1992



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