Karen Y. Cho represents management in all types of employment disputes ranging from single-plaintiff litigation to class and collective action matters. Karen has experience litigating and trying cases in both state and federal courts, and in arbitration and administrative settings. She advises employers on a broad range of employment law matters, including those involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, wrongful termination, breach of contract, and wage and hour compliance. Karen also regularly provides workplace training and conducts internal investigations for companies from startups to the Fortune 500.
During law school, Karen was on the Pepperdine Law Review and was in the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society. She earned first place at the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition and was a semi-finalist at the ABA National Negotiation Competition. Karen was also a judicial extern for Judge Valerie Baker Fairbank of the US District Court for the Central District of California for two semesters. After law school, Karen served as a guest lecturer at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.
Pepperdine University School of Law, 2010, J.D.
University of California, San Diego, 2005, B.A., Political Science, Provost’s Honors
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the Eastern District of California
US District Court for the Northern District of California
US District Court for the Southern District of California
Spring and Fall Extern to Judge Valerie Baker Fairbank of the US District Court for the Central District of California (2009)
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, “Ones to Watch,” Labor and Employment Law - Management, Los Angeles, The Best Lawyers in America (2022)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017, 2019)
Rising Star, Northern California Super Lawyers (2016–2019)
Rising Star, Southern California Super Lawyers (2014–2015, 2020)