Born and raised in Arizona, Karen is an experienced trial attorney who has seen all three vantage points of a courtroom: as a prosecutor/plaintiff’s attorney, as a defense attorney, and more recently, as a Superior Court Commissioner. While attending Arizona State University College of Law, Karen was an Editor for Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology and argued her first case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as a law student. After graduating from law school, Karen was a judicial law clerk for the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. She then practiced complex civil litigation with a large law firm in Phoenix. Subsequently, she had a diverse civil litigation practice and served as a city prosecutor in rural Arizona. Outside the office, Karen is very involved with her three children, cheering them on in various sporting activities and volunteering with their elementary school.
Areas of Practice
Trial and appellate practice in various areas of civil litigation, including general insurance defense, medical malpractice defense, and municipal and governmental liability defense.
As Superior Court Commissioner/Judge Pro Tempore, Karen has presided over jury trials and contested hearings in various areas of law. She has been lead counsel as the municipal prosecutor in numerous bench trials and jury trials and associate counsel in many administrative hearings. Karen has extensive experience in all phases of discovery and trial preparation, including taking and defending depositions and motion practice.
Memberships & Associations
Arizona State Bar Association
Arizona Women Lawyers’ Association
Defense Research Institute Member (DRI)
Maricopa County Bar Association
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem
Licenses & Admissions
State of Arizona, 2003
United States District Court for the District of Arizona
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law- Arizona State University
Juris Doctor, 2003
Northern Arizona University
Bachelor of Science, 2000