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Berntson Law specializes in employment and labor matters. For nearly 15 years, I have advised working professionals on the decisions that matter most—like negotiating salary, employee benefits, and severance agreements/packages.


Working either behind-the-scenes or at the negotiating table, I have built a reputation for finding creative solutions that help working professionals to make smart decisions about their futures. My goal is to resolve matters informally through negotiation, mediation or, if necessary, to help clients decide whether litigation is necessary to protect their rights and professional reputations.


I also provide advice and counsel to small business clients on human resource and compliance issues, and handle business transaction matters.



Practice areas

  1. Employment: 75%
    17 years
  2. Business: 25%
    17 years



Hourly ($350-400/hour), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

6 total 

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  • Michelle Marie Dylan

    I endorse this lawyer. I have consulted with Karen on employment issues and have found her to be passionate, knowledgeable, dedicated and to the point. In my experience, Karen is a tremendous advocate who is not only whip-smart but also has an amazing way with people.


    Michelle Dylan Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Pamela Octavia Pitt

    I endorse this lawyer. Karen is a diligent lawyer who is dedicated to her clients. I have worked with her and observed what a fine legal mind she has. I originally met her through the California Employment Lawyers Association. She has made contributions to that organization as well.


    Pamela Pitt Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Berntson Law

1 Sansome Street
Suite 3500
San Francisco, CA, 94104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
CALI Award for Excellence in Products LiabilityCALI1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalBerntson Law2005 - Present
AttorneyDavis & Reno, LLP2002 - 2005
AttorneyDeMory & Grigg, P.C.2001 - 2001
AssociateBell Rosenberg & Hughes, LLP (now Stockton Kilpatrick & Townsend, LLP)1999 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bar Association of San FranciscoN/AN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember, Education CommitteeN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Bender's California Labor & Employment BulletinRecent Developments in California Law on Mandatory Tip-Pooling2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - Santa CruzN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
University of San Francisco School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Women in Technology Summit: Powering Up!Employment and Benefits Negotiation2014
Women & Worth: Strategies Every Woman Should Know About Career & Financial ManagementEmployment & Severance Agreement Negotiation2014
Preparing for the Ask: Negotiating Employment Offers, Raises/Promotions & Severance PackagesNegotiating Employment Offers, Promotions/Raises, & Severance Agreements2014
Social Media ExperienceModerator, Taking a Good, Long Look: Investigation via Social Media & Tricky Business: Privacy as a Sword and a Shield2011