Karen I. Gold



Karen finds creative solutions for clients resulting in a strategic advantage throughout litigation. Her ability to understand and contribute to big-picture litigation strategy, combined with her strong organizational and time management skills, make her a valuable contributor to any litigation matter.    

Commercial Business And Real Estate Litigator

Karen's practice focuses on general business litigation, with an emphasis on contract disputes, environmental claims, lease interpretation disputes, fraud claims, commercial landlord-tenant disputes, unlawful detainer, and professional negligence claims.

Karen is experienced in all aspects of the litigation process, including pre-filing strategy, drafting and responding to pleadings and motions, discovery, and discovery disputes. She has argued motions and ex parte applications for a variety of cases. Karen is also experienced in preparing cases for trial, assisting during trial, and overseeing post-judgment motion practice.

Advocate Of Pre-Trial Conflict Resolution

While Karen is always ready, willing and able to assist in pursuing a case to judgment, she also encourages clients to consider alternative dispute resolution whenever possible to more quickly and efficiently resolve cases that could otherwise take years to work their way through the court system. 


Assisted in obtaining a favorable settlement and subsequent judgment against non-settling parties on behalf of owners of a commercial/industrial property against prior owners for environmental contamination.

Successfully obtained writs of attachment, judgments, and settlements against commercial tenants for failure to pay rent. Completed judgment debtor proceedings to locate assets to satisfy judgments.

Represented a municipality in action against owners and operators of contaminated property in connection with redevelopment efforts.

Obtained summary judgment of fraud and securities claims brought by purchasers of units in a hotel-condominium project against the owner/developer of the project. Obtained a $1.2 million award of attorneys' fees and costs following entry of judgment.

Assisted in obtaining relief following appellate proceedings from Bankruptcy Court judgment that erroneously granted ownership of alter ego claims to defendant's bankruptcy estate rather than to plaintiff, who was the rightful owner of the claims.

Assisted with drafting successful appellate brief in a construction defect case, resulting in confirmation of an arbitration award in favor of client after trial court refused to confirm the award based on a claim that the arbitrator had exceeded his authority.

Obtained a substantial price reduction for a client on the purchase of a luxury residence after seller and seller's broker failed to fully disclose potential soil and stability issues.

Assisted in obtaining favorable settlement on behalf of iconic golf course when owners of neighboring property trespassed on the golf course and cut down trees without permission.

Second-chaired trial regarding interpretation of a CAM provision contained in a commercial lease on behalf of property owner.

Publications &
Speaking Engagements


Notable Cases

3000 E. Imperial, LLC  v. Robertshaw Controls Co., et al., 2010 WL 5464296 (C.D.Cal. Dec. 29, 2010).

Salameh v. Tarsadia Hotels, et al. 726 F.3d 1124 (9th Cir. 2013), cert. denied Feb. 24, 2014.

Royalty Alliance v. Tarsadia Hotels, et al., 2014 WL 2212492 (Cal. App. 4 Dist. May 29, 2014) (unpublished).

Awards &

Awards & Recognition

  • Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2015-2018
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Law Student Ethics Award

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of California, Litigation Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Boston University Journal of Science and Technology, Former Member

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California


  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 2008
  • B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 2005, cum laude