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Karen Lynn Goldstein

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Persistent, Passionate, and Principled Criminal Defense


Ms. Goldstein passionately fights for her clients’ rights which is best exemplified by her excellent track record in the courtroom. She practices state and criminal defense exclusively all over California and handles each of her cases with persistence, passion, and principles. She is an aggressive advocate and believes in meticulous case preparation in order to provide the best possible defense for her clients. Ms. Goldstein practices in the following areas:


Ms. Goldstein has extensive experience in all types of state and federal criminal cases ranging from simple drug possession, to child molestation, to murder. She approaches each case with tenacity and provides an affordable alternative to the large criminal defense firm.


Ms. Goldstein obtained her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center where she graduated cum laude. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.


While at Georgetown Law, Ms. Goldstein worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C. in the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Unit. Ms. Goldstein also represented victims of domestic violence in D.C. Superior Court through Georgetown Law's Domestic Violence Clinic.


Ms. Goldstein is a member of the State Bar of California and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia. She has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of California, as well as the Federal District Courts for the Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California.


Ms. Goldstein speaks, reads, and writes French fluently and is conversational in Spanish.


Languages spoken: French, Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 48%
    13 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 47%
    13 years
  3. Sex Crime: 5%



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  • Zoe J. Dolan

    A highly skilled, experienced and effective attorney. Karen is a detail-oriented and relentless advocate who cares about her clients and the results she achieves. I endorse this lawyer.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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Contact info

Law Offices of Karen L. Goldstein

1645 N. Vine Street
Suite 306
Los Angeles, CA, 90028-8805


DCActive 200607/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising Star in Criminal DefenseSuper Lawyers2016
Rising Star in Criminal DefenseSuper Lawyers2015
Rising Star in Criminal DefenseSuper Lawyers2014
Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney under 40 in CaliforniaNational Academy of Defense Attorneys2014
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Rising Star in Criminal DefenseSuper Lawyers2013
Top 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers under 40 in CAAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2013
Super Lawyers Rising Star 2012Super Lawyers Magazine2012
Cum LaudeGeorgetown University Law Center2003
Phi Beta KappaPhi Beta Kappa1999
Magna Cum LaudeGeorgetown University1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
CJA Conflict Federal Panel AttorneyUnited States Central District of California2013 - Present
PartnerWhite Goldstein2008 - Present
Criminal Defense PartnerLaw Offices of Karen L. Goldstein2006 - Present
Criminal Defense AttorneyIndigent Criminal Defense Appointment Panel (ICDA)2006 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Federal Defense AttorneysAttorney Member2011 - Present
DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Michael Fenton MA056050Acquittal on all charges after jury trial
People v. Mirna MarinAcquittal after jury trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
Strategies for Defending Sex CrimesThe Modern Day Scarlet Letter: Defending People Accused of Sex Crimes2014
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers ForumThe Uncertain Future of Federal Child Pornography Sentencing2013
Georgetown Journal of Gender and the LawAssisted Reproductive Technology2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Georgetown UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Indigent Criminal Defense Appointment Panel Winter SeminarSex Crimes Defense2014
Fiddler Institute of Criminal JusticeSex Crimes Defense2014
Money 101 with Bob McCormickDUI Laws in California2012