Skip to main content

Karren Melinda Kenney

also known as Karren Kenney

About me

I aggressively represent my clients with compassion and have no fear in the courtroom.   I have first chaired over 60 criminal jury trials in state and federal courts.  I handle all types of criminal cases with an emphasis in complex felonies and white collar crime.  I care about my clients and their families, and do everything within my power to make the process as "stress-free"as possible. 


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    21 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
    21 years
  3. Federal Crime: 30%
    21 years



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

17 total 

Are you an attorney? Endorse this lawyer

  • No photo

    I had the pleasure of working with Ms. Kenney in the Orange County Publice Defender's Office for 11 years, and if any of my family or friends need an attorney, I would undoubtedly refer them to Ms. Kenney. She cares about each and every client and devotes herself to each case as if it were her only case. Ms. Kenney can skillfully assist a client through each stage of the proceedings. Ms. Kenney is an excellent negotiator, and she would be able to negotiate a favorable resolution if that is what her client desires. If the case cannot be resolved, Ms. Kenney is an exceptionally skilled litigator, who will dissect and organize each case down to the minute detail while preparing for litigation. Her cross-examination skills and passion will continue to serve her clients well and lead to favorable results in trial.


    Stacy Kelly Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • No photo

    Karen has ably handled numerous serious and violent felony matters over the years, most recently spearheading our white collar crime and major frauds unit. She has continued to prove herself a most capable and effective litigator: compassionate and responsive to the clients, respected by the bench and opposing counsel, and loved by juries. She is about the most charming and able pit bull I've ever known. I would trust Karen to handle my most complex, difficult and sensitive cases with deep understanding of the risks and opportunities therein, and to get the best possible result.


    Miles Jessup
    Relationship: Worked together on matter


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Fraud SpecialistAssociation of Certified Fraud Specialists2013
Top contributorAVVO.com2012
Recognition for 10 years of serviceOrange County Public Defender2011
Recognition for 5 years of serviceOrange County Public Defender2006
Attorney of the YearOrange County Public Defender2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Conflict Panel AttorneyUnited States District Court, Central District of California - Southern Division2014 - Present
Juvenile Delinquency PanelOrange County Superior Court2013 - Present
Trial AttorneyCriminal Defense Attorney Karren Kenney2012 - Present
Alternate Defense Conflict Panel - Homicide and Post-InformationOrange County Superior Court2012 - Present
Senior Deputy Public DefenderOrange County Public Defender's Office2001 - 2012
AttorneyCivil Litigation Law Firms1994 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar AssociationLawyer Referral Inforation Services - Executive Committee Member2013 - Present
Califoria DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Association of Certified Fraud SpecialistsAssociate Member2012 - Present
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Orange County chapter)Member2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
Association of Certified Fraud ExaminersMember2010 - Present
Orange County Attorneys AssociationSecretary/Treasurer2007 - 2012
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2001 - 2012
Orange County Deputy Public Defender’s AssociationMember2001 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. PetronellaJury Trial - majority of counts dismissed or "not guilty"
People v. AvalosNot guilty on 1st degree murder
People v. ReiswigN/A
See all legal cases 
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California State University, FullertonN/ACertificate in Basic Applied Forensics2003
Thomas Jefferson SOLLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
California St Univ FullertonPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual General Membership MeetingProsecutors and Public Defenders - Why We Matter!2010
Law DayDefending Freedom2003