Karen is a capable and principled trial lawyer. Her diverse practice includes general civil litigation, probate administration/litigation, and estate planning. She also represents governmental agencies, police officers, small businesses and individuals involved in various matters including title and property disputes, estate and guardianship fiduciary roles and heirs of probate estates. She delights in working one on one with her estate planning and other clients to achieve their goals in the most efficient and least stressful manner possible.
Karen obtained her law degree magna cum laude from Seattle University in 2003. She is admitted to practice law in all State and Federal courts in Washington and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Washington Law & Politics Magazine named her a “Rising Star” for five consecutive years (2010-2014). In 2009, she became a Certified Force Science Analyst through the Force Science Research Institute, via an intensive course designed to train police officers, their command staff, attorneys and others to recognize and articulate important psychological, biological, and physiological factors that can influence human behavior and memory in use of force encounters and pursuit situations. She developed and presented a training module for law enforcement officers involved in lethal encounters and serves the legal community as a speaker in continuing legal education classes on probate topics.
Karen is involved in various charitable activities and is passionate about giving her time, talents and resources to helping girls and young women escape from the rampant sex trade. She currently serves on the board of directors for REST: Real Escape from the Sex Trade and Waterfront Landings Condominium Association. She has participated in four mission trips to Knockpatrick, Jamaica (after Hurricane Ivan), Biloxi, Mississippi (after Hurricane Katrina) and San Luis Potosi, Mexico (inner city missions) with her church youth group. Karen is an avid traveler (with a goal of at least new one foreign country per year) and loves to document her adventures through photography. She loves her Seahawks and stays active with trips to the gym, hiking, and the occasional snowshoe adventure. Karen has two adult sons that have both served or are serving on active duty in the military (Marines and Air Force).