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Karla Kraft  represents corporations, banking institutions, governmental entities and other organizations in a broad range of commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes, real estate, trade secrets, unfair competition, employment disputes and foreclosure actions. Highlights of her trial experience include serving as lead counsel representing a mortgage lender and its loan officer in a two-week jury trial against privacy and negligence claims, which resulted in a defense verdict; and, representation of the Judicial Council of the State of California in a three-week jury trial involving the conduct of a judicial officer, which concluded with a unanimous defense verdict. She also has won many cases by prevailing on summary judgment in matters such as breach of contract, fraud, wrongful termination of employment, foreclosure, and various other business torts and statutory causes of action.

For the past four years, the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics selected Ms. Kraft as a “Southern California Rising Star” in the area of Business Litigation. This designation is awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40.

Ms. Kraft regularly lectures for California’s Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) and other legal organizations, and sits on the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Orange County Chapter. She also enjoys being active in community organizations, including as an Associate of the Milken Institute and a member of its Young Leaders Circle; as a member of the Board of Directors of Camp Fire USA Orange County Council; acting as a team coach in the Constitutional Rights Foundation high school mock trial competition; and serving on the boards of several University of Southern California organizations. She was awarded USC’s Widney Alumni House Award in recognition of her exceptional service to the University as an alumnus, and our firm recently was recognized as the Constitutional Rights Foundation Orange County's Law Firm of the Year.

Ms. Kraft previously served as law clerk to the Honorable William Fremming Nielsen of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington. She graduated law school at the University of Southern California, where she served as Managing Editor of the Southern California Review of Law and Women's Studies, participated in the Hale Moot Court Honors Program, and was named the Outstanding Woman Law Graduate. She also received bachelor's degrees with honors in print journalism and international relations from the University of Southern California, where she graduated Phi Kappa Phi and magna cum laude. She was formerly a litigation associate with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP.


Practice areas


  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 40%
  2. Litigation: 40%
  3. Employment: 20%

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Strading Yocca Carlson & Rauth

660 Newport Center Drive
16th Floor
Newport Beach, CA, 92660


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
One of Orange County's Top AttorneysOC Metro Magazine2014
One of Orange County's Top AttorneysOC Metro Magazine2013
One of Orange County's Top AttorneysOC Metro Magazine2012
Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence AwardAnti-Defamation League of Orange County and Long Beach2010
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics2009
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics2008
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics2007
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics2006
Widney Alumni House AwardUniversity of Southern California2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderStradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth2014 - Present
PartnerHodel Briggs Winter LLP2003 - 2014
AssociatePaul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP2001 - 2003
N/AUnited States District Court, Eastern District of Washington1999 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
USC Alumni Association Board of GovernorsMember2010 - Present
Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County chapter)Board of Governors; Chair, Dinner Programs2009 - Present
Dean's Cabinet, University of Caliofrnia, Irvine, Law SchoolMember2009 - Present
Milken InstituteAssociate; Young Leaders Circle2007 - Present
Sonenshine Pro Bono Opportunities ReceptionExecutive Committee2002 - Present
Camp Fire USA Orange County CouncilBoard of Directors; Vice President2005 - 2010
Constitutional Rights FoundationMock Trial Team Coach2004 - 2008
USC Alumni Club of Newport and IrvineBoard of Directors; President2002 - 2011
Publication nameTitleDate
California Real Property JournalExclusive Use Provisions: Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Retail Lease Agreements2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Southern California Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of Southern CaliforniaInternational Relations and Print JournalismBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)Creating Your Discovery Plan2011
Orange County Bar Association, Corporate Counsel SectionStaying on Top of Employment Law Compliance Trends2009
Annual Recent DevelopmentsTorts Practice2009
Lorman Educational ServicesJury Selection2008
Annual Recent DevelopmentsTorts Practice2008
Orange County Bar Association, Corporate Counsel SectionTrade Secrets: How to Protect Your Company's Confidential Information2007
Annual Recent DevelopmentsTorts Practice2007
Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)Direct and Cross-Examination of Experts2006
Annual Recent DevelopmentsTorts Practice2006
Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)Effective Direct and Cross-Examination2004
Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)Unfair Business Practices2003