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Karren Melinda Kenney

Federal crime Attorney at Costa Mesa, CA

4.8   47 reviews

also known as Karren Kenney, JD, CFS, CFE

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  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 1 year
    California - CA 29 years
  • Licensed for 1 year
    State DC
    Acquired 2022
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Karren

Learn Karren’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Federal crime
    75%
    Federal Crime lawyer Karren Kenney and her team at Kenney Legal Defense handle all types of federal criminal cases including drug crimes, gun crimes, alien smuggling, fraud and money laundering

    30 years, 200 cases

  2. Business
    25%
    Business defense attorney Karren Kenney specializes in defending small businesses in many different facets of the business world, including defending a lawsuit, due diligence issues, and business consultation/guidance.

    30 years, 100 cases

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S TOP RATED CRIMINAL DEFENSE SPECIALIZING IN FEDERAL CRIME AND WHITE COLLAR CASES

I have been a practicing attorney for over 25 years and am also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certified through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).  I am passionate about helping people with their criminal cases.  Whether you are looking to get the best possible plea deal or have your case go to trial, I can help.  I have handled all types of cases ranging from driving on a suspended license to murder, in both California courts and Federal courts across the nation.  I have tried over 100 cases in front of a jury and am well versed and experienced with the entire jury trial process.   Please see my 5 star reviews from former clients who were 100% satisfied with the results I obtained on their cases. I offer a free phone consultation if you are interested in hiring our firm to handle your case, so call today!

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Location

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401 West A Street
Suite 200
San Diego, CA, 92101
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80157 Champions Way
La Quinta, CA, 92253
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  47 customer reviews
Posted by Jason | December 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exemplary Criminal Defense Attorney
My judicial matter was one of very high sensitivity. The odds were very heavily stacked against me, and perhaps, even from an average lawyer's standpoint, one could say that my situation would have been indefensible before a jury at trial. However, Karren Kenney is no average lawyer, but the exemplary criminal defense lawyer that you would want to fight for you, regardless of your circumstances. I was initially charged with state charges, then eventually charged with a federal offense carrying a statutory maximum of 10 years imprisonment (alongside lifetime supervised release and a ludicrous restitution amount). My prior counsel did not presume my innocence in this matter at all, did not even attempt to request a bail hearing (or lower my ridiculous state bail amount) due to the nature of the charge, did not show me a single Bates stamp of evidence against me, and simply wanted me to sign a plea agreement immediately, in order to not face much higher charges and be convicted of them because my situation was apparently hopeless. To me, this was inadequate, so I retained Karren Kenney as my legal counsel for this matter in place of my prior counsel. Because of Karren, her wonderful staff, and their fighting spirit, I was able to come out on pretrial release on home confinement (with the state bail amount being reduced from $1 million to $100) in 2021, and subsequently view all relevant evidence against me in order to adequately exercise my due process rights. In 2022, the state charges would be dropped entirely, and the federal prosecution would supercede with the aforementioned severe charges and we would take the matter to trial at the start of 2023. The trial would ultimately end in mistrial and the federal prosecution would come forward with a far more reasonable plea agreement (than they initially offered) in place of the exaggerated charges they'd accused me of in their superseding indictment. I would sign this agreement and be imposed a sentence of 46 months, which would be the best outcome that this matter could have come to. If you could hire any lawyer, it is common sense that one would want a lawyer who genuinely believes in the Constitution, giving the defendant (regardless of what he or she is being charged with) a fighting chance and the benefit of the law, guilty or innocent. Despite the matter ending the way it did, Karren Kenney has been a major positive influence to me (so much so that I myself have become interested in paralegal programs as well as law school) during these past three years and gives me hope for the American justice system. If there is anyone on this continent that fulfills the vocation of "American criminal defense lawyer" to the fullest, it is Karren Kenney. Her ethics as a lawyer are above reproach, and others practicing criminal defense should look towards her as an example. May God bless you, your team, and your family, Karren. I pray you all have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!
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Response from Karren Kenney December 20, 2023
Thank you so much for the kind words Jason! It was my pleasure to fight for you during the past few years. I wish you great success in the future as I know God has amazing things planned for you!
Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Karren Helped Get My Federal Charges Dismissed!
Karren Kenney and her staff exhibited a professional dedication in defending me against false and defamatory charges which finally led to a positive outcome for me. Ms. Kenney always responded promptly to any questions or concerns I had and her compassion and understanding keep me from losing my mind during this nightmare. I would highly recommend her and her office to anyone in need of superior defense.
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Response from Karren Kenney September 14, 2022
It was such a pleasure fighting on your behalf! We are so glad we were able to get you the best outcome! Take care and stay in touch!!! :)
Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My charges were Completely Dismissed
From the beginning, Karren made me feel that her and her staff were going to fight for me and make sure that my charges got dropped and that I would be completely exonerated from my federal case. I’ve always said that Karren was a gift from God. She answered every single phone call and email if I had any concerns about my case. She even met with me in person when offices were to be closed due to Covid 19. I’m so grateful for Karren and all her efforts she put forth to get my charges dropped. Thank you once again KARREN!
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Response from Karren Kenney August 19, 2022
You are so welcome! It was quite the fight in federal court but I’m so glad we stuck to our position and ended up getting your federal charges completely dismissed! You are truly a special person that lights up any room you enter. Your positive attitude will definitely take you far in life! Keep in touch so I can hear about all the amazing things you are going to accomplish!
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Most Knowledgeable Criminal Attorney I have ever met!
I would like it to be known, Karren Kenney is the best criminal defense attorney I have ever met. I have worked in an office with over 13 attorneys which none of them were Criminal Defense. I did learn how attorneys work, and interact with their clients. I had got myself into trouble that should have sent me to jail! Karren, with her knowledge kept me out, fought hard, and was extremely honest with me. Her and her team walked me through every step of the way and always responded right back to me when I needed to make contact. I would recommend her to everyone that needs a Criminal Defense Attorney! As I said, I had worked with attorneys for a long time. They did not engage with their clients as she does. I could not have made it through this situation without Karren and her team. Thank you Karren and team!
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fellow citizen
Took an item from kohls without realizing there was an item in hand. I gave it back but by than I was outside the build. They took me in for 15 dollar glasses even though I gave it back. My lawyer came to action and had my back. My case was dismissed because I gave the item back.
Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Federal Criminal Charges Dismissed
Karren Kenney defended me with professional expertise that led to a good outcome for me. Her responsiveness to my concerns and questions kept me from losing my mind during the nightmare I was subjected to by the government. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of quality defense. She also exhibited a sincere compassion for the innocent and a dedication to the law.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Back in 2015 I was in a terrible place in life and eventually entered rehabilitation through the court systems. Little did I know, there was still a very serious case pending against me in another county. When I discovered I had a bench warrant for felony charges I did some research and reached out to Kenney Legal Defense firm and explained my situation to them. Karren Kenney looked up my case as part of a free consultation and gave me reassurance from the beginning. She was able to immediately get my warrant recalled and within few months had the felony case fully dismissed. I highly recommend Kenney Legal Defense Firm if you are ever in need of legal support. I am so grateful for Karren Kenney and all the wonderful people at Kenney Legal Defense Firm.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Communication and So Helpful!
Interviewed 5 different lawyers and right away knew that Karren Kenney was the the most strategic, well prepared of them. She upfront requested documents for all sorts of scenarios, and shared with me her approach. Karren ended up solving my legal issues in less than a week. They have a great portal that they use that keeps communication and uploads of documents easy. I am forever grateful to Karren for her services.
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Posted by Octavio | September 27, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Drug Charges Dismissed!
Ms. Kenney represented me in a federal drug trafficking case when I was wrongfully charged and arrested for drugs that were found in my car unbeknownst to me. Ms. Kenney believed me and fought so hard. Once my case was set for trial, the federal prosecutor dismissed all charges. I will be forever grateful for my defense team and highlight recommend them if you or a loved one ever get into trouble.
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Response from Karren Kenney September 29, 2022
Hi Octavio! Thank you for the kind words! It was a pleasure fighting on your behalf for this dismissal!
Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you so much Ms. Kenney
I had an amazing experience with Karren. She stopped at nothing to get one of my main charges dismissed! This is what eventually got me probation. Karren is very professional and kind at the same time, me and my family are so grateful to her. If it weren't for Karren, I would be looking at at least 2 years away from my family. You will not be disappointed!
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Response from Karren Kenney October 13, 2022
Thank you for the kind words!! It was a pleasure helping you resolve your case to the point you will not spend any time away from your family!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Federal Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Conflict Trial Panel Attorney
  • United States Disttict Court - Southern District of California
  • 2018 - Present
  • Federal Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Conflict Trial Panel Attorney
  • United States District Court, Central District of California - Southern Division
  • 2014 - Present
  • Alternate Defense Conflict Panel - Homicide and Post-Information
  • Orange County Superior Court
  • 2012 - Present
  • Trial Attorney
  • Kenney Legal Defense Firm
  • 2012 - Present
  • Senior Deputy Public Defender
  • Orange County Public Defender's Office
  • 2001 - 2012
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Education

  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Certificate in Basic Applied Forensics
  • 2003
  • Thomas Jefferson SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • California St Univ Fullerton
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. R.S.
  • Case dismissed!
  • People v. Alvarez
  • Case dismissed!
  • USA v. Wardein
  • Not guilty on all charges
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Associations

  • Califoria DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Lawyer Referral Inforation Services - Executive Committee Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association (Orange County chapter)
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Association of Certified Fraud Specialists
  • Associate Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Orange County Attorneys Association
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 2007 - 2012
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2012
  • Orange County Deputy Public Defender’s Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • 2018
  • Certified Fraud Specialist (CFS)
  • Association of Certified Fraud Specialists
  • 2013
  • Top contributor
  • AVVO.com
  • 2012
  • Recognition for 10 years of service
  • Orange County Public Defender
  • 2011
  • Recognition for 5 years of service
  • Orange County Public Defender
  • 2006
  • Attorney of the Year
  • Orange County Public Defender
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association monthly meeting
  • Trial Tactics
  • 2017
  • Law Day
  • Defending Freedom
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (6)
Endorse Karren
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karren spent 11 years as a senior deputy public defender handling thousands of cases. Her experience and knowledge of law and procedure is superb. Her reputation as a criminal law trial attorney is well know. Reviews by former clients are to be envied. READ THEM! If you are in or near Costa Mesa get a consultation and than hire her, I would! Experience counts."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I had the pleasure of working with Ms. Kenny while we she was with the Orange County Public Defender. She is a dedicated, hardworking and talented litigator. She will represent each client to the best of her ability. I wholeheartedly endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Kenney is a fierce and compassionate lawyer who will enthusiastically defend her clients and advocate tirelessly on their behalf. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Kenney is an aggressive negotiator and litigator. She is an experienced trial lawyer who gets excellent results for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Kenney is a well experienced criminal defense attorney and is highly respected in her community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stellar attorney with valuable insight to AVVO questions. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"karren is a superb attorney with excellent people skills! she has a terrific reputation with court staff, judges, prosecutors and fellow criminal defense attorneys. i highly recommend her to anyone seeking a top-notch attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karren Kenney is a gifted criminal defense attorney with substantial experience handling the most complex of criminal cases. Having worked on one of her cases before, I found her strategic decisions saavy and tactically well considered. Her trial skills are outstanding and her arguments persuasive. Karren is thoroughly professional and does meticulous work, and I recommend her without qualification."
White collar crime Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Karren Kenney is my go to lawyer for anyone facing a white collar charge or matters in federal court. Many lawyers claim they can handle "any case" but the truth is the best lawyers specialize. White collar crimes and federal court issues require a special kind of lawyer, and that lawyer is Karren Kenney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karen is an exceptional trial lawyer who is well respected throughout the state. She is known for her thorough preparation and extraordinary trial skills."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Karren is an excellent litigator with substantial experience with complex criminal cases including white collar crime involving millions of dollars."
Consumer protection Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I was privileged to work and learn from Karren for over 11 years at the Orange County Public Defender's Office, where she was known for her bulldog trial skills. During that time, she worked tirelessy to perfect her expertise in major fraud. Her work ethic can not be matched. If you want a lawyer with integrity who will not back down until all of your needs are met, then this is your woman. I would confidently refer any friend or family member in need of fraud representation to Karren Kenney."
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