Growing up as the middle child in a large family, Karen was shy but determined. Initially, she considered following her father’s career as a firefighter and spent one season with Cal Fire. That particular summer set acreage records in the California foothills for wild fires and Karen found herself faced with a dilemma that would forever change her life. Saving lives or changing lives. She chose law as a way to make a difference on a broader level and specialized in Workers’ Compensation as a way to contribute to one of the fastest paced ever changing areas of law. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA, she attended McGeorge School of Law and received her Juris Doctorate degree. She has been a member of the California State Bar since 1987.