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About me

I love solving the problem that keeps people up at night! I understand how business works, why crises occurs and how to resolve the crises.  My greatest passion is connecting with a jury in a difficult case.  I love changing my client's lives for the better.   I understand the great need for a moral compass in the legal profession.  My philosophy is to approach my client's problems with a candid assessment of the issues, developing a plan for a solution and then executing on that plan.  As part of my practice, I am dedicated to raising the bar for professionalism and ethics in the legal profession.  I have worked with many lawyers to help them in understanding and addressing ethics dilemnas in their practices. 

As a native of Sacramento, I have been privileged to practice in my hometown for over 30 years.  In my spare time, you can find me golfing, running or working out. 


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 50%
  2. Ethics: 50%



Hourly ($325-400/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Dominique Ann Pollara

    Karen's trial and advocacy skills are impressive. She is fearless and never hesitates to go to bat for her clients.


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Contact info

Whitmore, Bachmann & Smith, L.L.P.

136 High Street
San Francisco, CA, 94111

Goodman & Associates

3840 Watt Avenue, Building A

Sacramento, CA, 95821-2640



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Real EstateBest Lawyers2014
Super Lawyer in Civil DefenseSuper Lawyers2014
Real EstateBest Lawyers2013
Super Lawyer in Civil Litigation DefenseSuper Lawyers2013
Frances Newell Carr AwardWomen Lawyers of Sacramento2009
Super Lawyer in Civil Litigation DefenseSuper Lawyers2006
Super Lawyer in Civil Litigation DefenseSuper Lawyers2005
AV RatedMartindale Hubbell2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalGoodman & Associates2003 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaCommittee of Bar Examiners2014 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember2003 - Present
Association of Southern California Defense CounselMember1990 - Present
Women Lawyers of SacramentoMember1986 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Sacramento County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaTrustee2010 - 2013
California Women LawyersPresident2007 - 2008
California Women LawyersPresident Elect2006 - 2007
Sacramento County Bar AssociationMember2005 - 2007
Women Lawyers of SacramentoPresident1999 - 1999
Publication nameTitleDate
American Bar Association publicationEthics in Settlement2001
Sacramento County Bar AssociationRecognizing & Avoiding Conflicts of Interest2001
For The Defense (DRI, Defense Research Institute)Defending the Real Estate Broker: How Counsel Can Stop the Runaway Train1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of California - DavisN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Business InstituteReal Estate Practice2005
Lorman Business InstituteConfidentiality2005
Lorman Business InstituteCalifornia Legal Ethics2003
Lorman Business InstituteTrial Practice2003
Lorman Business InstituteCalifornia Legal Ethics2002
Women Lawyers of SacramentoAvoiding Conflicts2001
State Bar of CaliforniaRecent Developments in Ethics2000
State Bar of CaliforniaMalpractice Traps for the Real Estate Practitioner2000
Stanislaus County Bar AssociationEthical Issues Concerning Legal Fees2000
Lorman Business InstituteCalifornia Legal Ethics2000
Education InstituteMalpractice Traps for the Unwary Real Estate Practitioners2000
Yuba Sutter Bar AssociationRecognizing and Handling Conflicts in an Attorney-Client Relationship1999
State Bar ConferenceRecent Developments in Ethics1999
Lorman Business InstituteCalifornia Ethics1999
MCLE ProgramEthical Billing Practices1996
Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy ForumRecognizing and Avoiding Conflicts in Bankruptcy1995
Litigation SectionLawyer as Employer1995
Litigation SectionSelecting a Jury1994