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Maryam Soleimani Karson

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Maryam Karson has been a practicing attorney since January 2003. She worked full-time during law school and graduated Magna Cum Laude, in the top 5% of her class. In 2004, Maryam was selected to the Order of the Coif. During law school, she was distinguished for obtaining the highest grades in her class in Contracts, Writing & Research, Advanced Legal Writing, and Criminal Law.


Maryam practices employment law as well as immigration and appellate law. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is committed to rendering exemplary service. She achieves this by representing only a handful of active clients at a time, in order to devote ample time to each client and treat each case as if it were her own. Maryam is punctual, is not hard to reach, and answers telephone calls herself. Unless she is out of the country, Maryam responds to all enquiries on the same or following business day.


Some of the employment-related areas in which Maryam can assist you with are as follows:


For Employees: 

  • If your current or former employer, supervisor, coworkers, or your employer’s customers, have frequently made offensive comments to you or anyone else about your skin color, accent, religion or religious practices, the country you come from, or because of a contagious disease or a disability you may or may not have


  • If your current or previous employer, supervisor, coworkers or your employer’s customers have constantly made fun of you because you are, or they believe you to be, gay, lesbian, or straight, and you have complained but no one has taken you seriously, and your complaints have for the most part been ignored


  • If your current or previous employer, supervisor, coworkers, or your employer’s customers, have frequently sexually harassed or intimidated you by forcing you to put up with sexually offensive language or unwanted sexual comments or compliments, whether in person, through emails, or by frequent telephone calls


  • If you and many others like you work more than eight hours a day or more than forty hours a week and your employer does not pay you for overtime


  • If you and many others like you are pressured into eating lunch at your desk or while you work and your employer directly or indirectly discourages you from leaving work for at least thirty minutes every day during your lunch break


  • If you and many others like you have to drive your car for business purposes and your employer does not pay you the money you spend on gas or anything else that is necessary and work-related


  • If you are leaving work, or have been fired, and your employer has asked you to sign an agreement


  • If you are getting hired and your employer has given you an agreement to review before signing it and starting your work


  • If you have complained about something that you believe is unlawful, or about a dangerous condition at work, and in response, your employer or supervisor punished you by having you fired, suspended, negatively reviewed, or demoted


For Employers: 

  • If your employee has accused you or any of your other employees of any wrongdoing, such as failure to pay wages, failure to provide meal or rest breaks, failure to provide a statutory or contractual leave, or any complaint concerning discrimination, harassment, defamation, assault, battery, and so forth


  • If you would like to fire or lay off an employee and you are concerned about being sued


  • If you would like to draft any work-related policies, such as policies concerning mediation and arbitration, complaint procedures, social media usage, email usage, meal and rest breaks, overtime, vacations, sick leaves, unlawful harassment, unlawful discrimination, dress code, moral code, and so forth


  • If you would like to have drafted any work-related contract, such as a severance agreement, a settlement agreement, an arbitration agreement, a confidentiality agreement, a non-solicitation agreement, or an invention assignment agreement


  • If you would like someone to conduct an investigation about a complaint that has been made by one of your current or former employees


  • If you have hired someone who does not have an independent business in the field you have hired that person for, as an independent contractor, rather than an employee


  • If you have been served with a civil complaint, or an administrative complaint that has been filed against you with any government agency, such as the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the Office of the Labor Commissioner


  • If you would like to minimize the possibility of dealing with an employment-related lawsuit by having someone conduct a workplace audit


 Immigration Cases

Maryam offers her immigration expertise to individuals who are in removal/deportation proceedings; persons who intend to file applications for asylum rooted in politics, religion, race, discrimination, or compelling social grounds; those individuals eligible for filing U.S. green card and citizenship applications; fiancé(e) visa petitioners; and work or investment visa seekers. For further information, visit her website, at



Languages spoken: Farsi, Turkish

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Practice areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 90%
  2. Immigration: 10%



Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Arthur Albert Navarette

    Maryam is an excellent attorney. She is always prepared, diligent and courteous. In my opinion, she is one of the best employment lawyers in Santa Clara County.


    Arthur Navarette Sexual Harassment Attorney
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  • Kaveh Mirshafiei

    I endorse this lawyer. Maryam is a very smart, ethical, and hard working attorney. She is also a wonderful colleague! I do not hesitate to refer clients who have employment/labor law or immigration issues to Maryam.


    Kaveh Mirshafiei Divorce & Separation Attorney
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Contact info

The Karson Law Firm

19925 Stevens Creek Boulevard
Suite 100
Cupertino, CA, 95014


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Advanced Legal WritingCALI Award in Excellence2002
Writing and ResearchCALI Award in Excellence2001
Criminal LawCALI Award in Excellence2001
ContractsAM-JUR Award1999
Honorary Plaque - first in classBilkent University1990
Honorary Plaque-Third in UniversityBilkent University1990
Gold pen and pencilTurkish Minister of Education1990
Gold tip penBilkent University1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Karson Law Firm2009 - Present
Associate AttorneyLittler2007 - 2009
Associate AttorneyMiller, Morton, Caillat & Nevis, LLP2005 - 2007
Associate AttorneyTiman & Walsh2003 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Santa Clara County Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Practitioners SectionMember2014 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar Association, Labor and Employment SectionMember2014 - Present
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationAssociate Member2014 - Present
Iranian American Bar Association (N. California)Acting Chair2012 - 2012
Iranian American Bar Association (National)Acting Board Member2012 - 2012
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2012 - 2013
Santa Clara County Bar Association, Diversity CommitteeMember2011 - 2012
Iranian American Bar Association (N. California)Board Member2011 - 2013
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - 2012
State Bar of California Litigation SectionMember2010 - Present
California State Bar Labor and Employment SectionMember2010 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Bar of the Supreme Court of the United StatesMember2005 - Present
Order of the CoifMember2004 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2002 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ohayon v. HertzN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Littler MendelsonPublic Sector Newsletter (monthly newsletter for public sector employers)2007
AGC of California Legal Advisory Committee - Annual Legal RetreatCo-Author, "Constructing Native American Casinos in California: A Safe Bet?"2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Bilkent UniversityLiteratureMA - Masters1993
Bilkent UniversityLiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law & Human Resource ManagementPresentation on behalf of Littler Mendelson regarding steps to be taken after the filing of an employment-related lawsuit2008