- J.D., magna cum laude, University of San Diego School of Law
- B.A., University of California at Santa Barbara
Karen A. Rooney
Karen A. Rooney has over 30 years of litigation experience defending employers faced with discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims; tort claims, including fraud; wage and hour claims; class action claims; and other employment-related claims. Karen also has prosecuted and defended claims for trade secret misappropriation and related claims, including tortious interference with contract and business advantage, and has obtained potential workplace violence injunctions.
Karen’s litigation experience extends to commercial litigation including business torts, securities litigation, shareholder derivative claims, real estate transactions and contract disputes. She has taken numerous cases from the investigative stages through trial, in both the federal and state courts of California.
Karen also has successfully represented employers in over 30 arbitration hearings involving discrimination claims, reduction-in-force claims, commission claims, wrongful termination/breach of contract claims, sexual harassment claims, disability discrimination claims, and claims against broker-dealer employers.
Karen advises and counsels employers about all aspects of employment law including minimizing the risk of litigation before employment decisions are made, the proper handling of disabled employees, family/medical and workers’ compensation leave issues, and employment policies and handbooks. She has extensive experience in conducting investigations and training managers and employees on numerous workplace issues.
Karen obtained a BA in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1977 and a JD from the University of San Diego School of Law (magna cum laude) in 1980. She has received an “AV Preeminent®” rating from Martindale Hubbell®