Berntson Law specializes in employment and labor matters. For nearly 15 years, I have advised working professionals on the decisions that matter most—like negotiating salary, employee benefits, and severance agreements/packages.
Working either behind-the-scenes or at the negotiating table, I have built a reputation for finding creative solutions that help working professionals to make smart decisions about their futures. My goal is to resolve matters informally through negotiation, mediation or, if necessary, to help clients decide whether litigation is necessary to protect their rights and professional reputations.
I also provide advice and counsel to small business clients on human resource and compliance issues, and handle business transaction matters.
Licensed since 1999
Hourly ($350-400/hour), Free Consultation (30 minutes)
Cash, Credit Card
I endorse this lawyer. I have consulted with Karen on employment issues and have found her to be passionate, knowledgeable, dedicated and to the point. In my experience, Karen is a tremendous advocate who is not only whip-smart but also has an amazing way with people.
Michelle Dylan Criminal Defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse this lawyer. Karen is a diligent lawyer who is dedicated to her clients. I have worked with her and observed what a fine legal mind she has. I originally met her through the California Employment Lawyers Association. She has made contributions to that organization as well.
Pamela Pitt Employment & Labor Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|CALI Award for Excellence in Products Liability||CALI||1998|
|Principal||Berntson Law||2005 - Present|
|Attorney||Davis & Reno, LLP||2002 - 2005|
|Attorney||DeMory & Grigg, P.C.||2001 - 2001|
|Associate||Bell Rosenberg & Hughes, LLP (now Stockton Kilpatrick & Townsend, LLP)||1999 - 2001|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Bar Association of San Francisco||N/A||N/A|
|National Employment Lawyers Association||N/A||N/A|
|California Employment Lawyers Association||Member, Education Committee||N/A|
|Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin||Recent Developments in California Law on Mandatory Tip-Pooling||2009|
|Univ of California Santa Cruz||N/A||undergraduate||N/A|
|U of San Francisco SOL||N/A||law||N/A|
|Women in Technology Summit: Powering Up!||Employment and Benefits Negotiation||2014|
|Women & Worth: Strategies Every Woman Should Know About Career & Financial Management||Employment & Severance Agreement Negotiation||2014|
|Preparing for the Ask: Negotiating Employment Offers, Raises/Promotions & Severance Packages||Negotiating Employment Offers, Promotions/Raises, & Severance Agreements||2014|
|Social Media Experience||Moderator, Taking a Good, Long Look: Investigation via Social Media & Tricky Business: Privacy as a Sword and a Shield||2011|