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Karen E. Ford Esq.

Employment and labor Attorney at Carmel -by-the-Sea, CA

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  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 14 years
    Colorado - CO 27 years
    California - CA 44 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1979
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Karen

Learn Karen’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Discrimination
    35%
    The entire practice is exclusively devoted to representing employers and employees in employment law matters. Ms Ford practices in California, Colorado, Oregon. Including: wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, employee benefits, OSHA, union activities, wage hour, trade secrets and unfair competition, FMLA, disabilities, Sarbanes Oxley, whistleblower, retaliation, defamation, invasion of privacy, civil rights violations, arbitrations, mediations, negotiations, counseling, and training.

    44 years, 200 cases

  2. Employment and labor
    35%
    Entire practice exclusively devoted to representing employers and employees in employment law matters. Admitted California, Colorado, Oregon. Including: wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, employee benefits, OSHA, union activities, wage hour, trade secrets and unfair competition, FMLA, disabilities, Sarbanes Oxley, whistleblower, retaliation, defamation, invasion of privacy, civil rights violations, arbitrations, mediations, negotiations, counseling, and training.

    44 years, 500 cases

  3. Sexual harassment
    20%
    Entire practice exclusively devoted to representing employers and employees in employment law matters. Dozens of sex harassment matters including: state and federal lawsuits, investigations, administrative charges before the EEOC, California DFEH, Colorado Division of Civil Rights, Oregon BOLI, mediations, arbitrations, settlement negotiations, training and counseling on making and responding to complaints of discrimination or harassment.

    44 years, 100 cases

  4. Employee benefits
    10%
    Extensive experience in employee benefits counseling, litigation, and disputes. Including benefit claims, COBRA issues, discrimination and interference claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, prohibited transactions. Special experience in the area of errors and fraud by third party administrators.

    44 years, 50 cases

30+ YEARS EXCLUSIVELY EMPLOYMENT & LABOR LAW, MONTEREY LOCAL, NATIONAL REPUTATION 831-250-6433

   Ms. Ford is an attorney based in Carmel, California and admitted to active practice in California, Oregon and Colorado. She has been in practice for over 35 years and in all that time has exclusively represented clients in employment and labor law matters. She has represented clients in thousands of employment law matters across the nation including dozens of court and jury trials and appeals to numerous state and federal courts of appeal and to the California and US Supreme Courts. All of this nationwide practice was exclusively in the area of employment law. She has been a frequent pubic speaker throughout the US on employment law issues, has served as a division chair of the American Bar Association and as a member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Legal Aid Society Employment law center.

    Ms. Ford is admitted to the bar in California, Colorado and Oregon and has represented clients in the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court and the Federal Courts of Appeals for the Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits. In addition to the states in which she is admitted she has represented clients in courts and other forums across the nation including Washington, Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Illinois, Utah, and New York.

    During her remarkable career Ms. Ford has handled employment litigation and arbitrations for some of the largest companies in America. She has also represented a wide variety of individuals and both union and non-union employers in traditional labor matters before the National Labor Relations Board, and in administrative proceedings the Department of Labor, the California Labor Commissioner, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, and the Workers Compensation Boards of California and Colorado. She has also counseled employers and employees with regard to a wide range of employment law matters and negotiated thousands of employment disputes to successful conclusion through settlement.

     Within employment law Ms. Ford handles a variety of matters including: 

Workplace discrimination (race, religion, gender, race, age)

Wrongful discharge

Disabilities in the workplace

Workplace harassment

Workplace retaliation

Wage and hour disputes

Safety in the workplace

Violence in the workplace

Employment Agreements

Executive compensation

Employee benefits and ERISA

Workers compensation

Trade secrets and unfair competition

Non-compete agreements

Union disputes

      Ms. Ford has planned and conducted hundreds of training sessions for thousands of employees and members of management.

      She has conducted employment law risk analysis and risk management including analysis and development of human resources forms, polices, and practices.

     Ms. Ford has drafted all varieties of employment documents including employment contracts, executive agreements, employment applications, handbooks, job descriptions, summary plan descriptions for ERISA plans, performance review forms, termination and layoff notices, and COBRA notices. 

Awards

Silver Client Champion

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Main Office Carmel, CA

Location

Ford & Associates, LLC
P.O. Box 287
SW Ocean Ave & Mission, Suite 208
Carmel -by-the-Sea, CA, 93921-0287
Ford and Associates, LLC
Congress Center
1001 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1100
Portland, OR, 97204
Ford and Associates, LLC
Denver Place
999 18th Street, Suite 3000
Denver, CO, 80202
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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2015
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My case ended on a positive note for me. I was more than satisfied with Karen's performance and would highly recommend her to anyone needing an attorney specializing in employment and labor laws. She has faith in our system and values our constitution and will do her utmost best to ensure her client's God given rights are recognized. If she determines those rights to have been denied, she will fight tooth and nail to get the compensation and justice her client deserves.
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Posted by anonymous | December 24, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Ms. Ford is an excellent attorney with solid knowledge of both sides of employment law. She is effective and great to work with.
Posted by emanuel Galea | December 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
age discrimination case
we hired Karen' for a age discrimination case in may of 2015, we are still in the process of settling this case, we felt confident with her service's and how she has handled our case from day one, we feel she is caring and competent and in her field of expertise we look forward to an on going relation ship with her firm'...

Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Ford & Associates LLC
  • 2005 - Present
  • Managing Partner Denver
  • Ford & Harrison LLP
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Managing partner Denver office
  • Littler Mendelson
  • 1996 - 2001
  • Instructor Certified Employee Benefits Specialist Program
  • Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • 1989 - 1992
  • Partner
  • Littler Mendelson
  • 1979 - 2001
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Education

  • University of California at Davis School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • University of California - San Diego
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1971

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Snider v. Castrol
  • The case resulted in a defense verdict rendered within 2 hours of sending the case to the jury.
  • Jackman v. The McGraw-Hill Companies
  • After a month-long trial all twelve jurors found for the defendant within four hours. (State Court, California)
  • Davis v. Post Tension of Nevada
  • The majority of the case was dismissed on a motion for summary judgment and the single remaining claim was settled for less than $5,000.
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Associations

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2004
  • San Francisco Legal Aid Society
  • Board of Directors
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Legal Aid Society of San Francisco
  • Board of Directors
  • 1994 - 1996
  • ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Labor and Employment Division Chair
  • 1989 - 1991
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Member Board of Directors, Employment Law Center
  • Legal Aid Society of San Francisco
  • 1996
  • Member Board of Directors, Employment Law Center
  • Legal Aid Society of San Francisco
  • 1995
  • Member Board of Directors, Employment Law Center
  • Legal Aid Society of San Francisco
  • 1994
  • Division Chair, Labor and Employment
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • 1991
  • Division Chair, labor and Employment
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • 1990
  • Division Chair, Labor and Employment
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • 1989
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Publications

  • Fundamentals of Employment Law
  • book
  • 2000
  • ABA Forum on Franchsing Annual Meeting
  • Employment Law Issues Affecting Franchising.”
  • 1998
  • ABA program publication
  • Understanding and Applying the 1988 Plant Closing Act
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • CLE International Program: Wrongful Discharge, Denver Colorado
  • Wrongful Discharge
  • N/A
  • California Council on Apprenticeship Annual Meeting
  • ERISA Preemption: The aftermath of Hydrostorage
  • N/A
  • AFCU Annual National Meeting Kona, Hawaii,
  • Disabilities in the Workplace
  • N/A
  • ABC Meeting
  • Job Site Health and Safety
  • N/A
  • ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Plant Closing Act Requirements in the Construction Industry
  • N/A
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Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 08
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"I endorse this lawyer. She is a consummate professional. Easy to work with, knowledgeable and smart. You can't do getter."

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Carmel -by-the-Sea Employment and labor Lawyer Karen E. Ford Esq.
Karen E. Ford Esq.
Employment and labor Attorney
Carmel -by-the-Sea, CA
Licensed for 44 years
Free Consultation