Biography

Karen Kimmey approaches business litigation with the perspective of an experienced trial lawyer, particularly in high-stakes matters. When a company’s future is at stake, she knows what matters and what doesn’t in a case, leading to effective and efficient resolution. Clients have praised her for her aggressive courtroom advocacy, coupled with sound judgment and a myopic focus on their business objectives.

With experience representing both large and small businesses, as well as individuals, Karen litigates a wide variety of commercial disputes, with particular emphasis on complex contract, fraud, unfair competition, and negligence claims. She also has significant experience in class actions and products liability matters.

Karen is frequently called upon to take over on matters from other law firms as they approach trial and require courtroom expertise. When it comes time to actually stand up in court and make a case, Karen has an unparalleled level of experience and skill, based on, first of all, many hours spent trying cases – both jury trials and arbitrations – usually as lead counsel.

Due in no small part to her theater and public speaking background, Karen tells a great story, in a fashion that makes complex concepts both clear and compelling. It’s not an exaggeration to say that she’s been presenting arguments for her entire adult life – she was a two-time national champion in persuasive speaking in college forensics and a moot court champion in law school. If advocacy is the heart of trial law, Karen has no equal.

Karen frequently speaks and writes about trial strategy and skills, often addressing the challenges that litigation poses for businesses. She authored the chapter “Opening Statements” in Being Heard: Presentation Skills for Attorneys published by the American Bar Association (2018).

Karen serves as general counsel to Farella.

Distinctions

  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2018 Award of Merit Recipient, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Best Lawyers in America in the area of Commercial Litigation

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Bar Association of San Francisco (2016-2018)
  • Former President, St. Thomas More Society
  • Chair, Food from the Bar Campaign

Firm Highlights

News

Farella Advises MedMen to Win San Francisco Cannabis Retail Store Approval

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel provided national premium cannabis retailer MedMen Enterprises Inc.  with land use and permitting advice to win approval to open a new retail store on Union Street...

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BASF Political Speech in the Workplace

Holly Sutton is a featured panelist at the BASF Labor and Employment Section of the Barristers Club live webinar, "Political Speech in the Workplace." Details: Although the 2020 election cycle has ended, employees and...

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Farella Awards 2021 Diversity Scholarships to Three Bay Area Law Students

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Insurance for Nonprofits: Managing Risk in Risky Times

Mary McCutcheon and Cynthia Rowland will discuss "Insurance for Nonprofits: Managing Risk in Risky Times" at the April Nonprofit Education Series. Nonprofit organizations—and their directors and staff—are not immune to claims in difficult economic...

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The Advocates’ Society Spring Symposium: The Advocate Making a Difference

Douglas Young is the keynote speaker at The Advocates’ Society Spring Symposium: The Advocate Making a Difference on April 28. The Advocates' Society and the American College of Trial Lawyers invite you to attend the...

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Law Updates for California Employers: COVID Sick Leave Obligations, Meal-Period Rules, COBRA Benefits

New legislation and a recent court decision have significant implications for California employers. Certain California employers must now provide supplemental paid sick leave to employees who miss work for specified reasons related to the...

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New Proposition 65 Warning Requirements for Cannabis and Hemp-Derived Products

Donald Sobelman and Wendy Hernandez discuss "New Proposition 65 Warning Requirements for Cannabis and Hemp-Derived Products." Proposition 65 requires “clear and reasonable” warnings in California for products containing chemicals on the State’s list of...

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PSDcast – Is Energy Companies' Customer Data a Trade Secret?

We often focus on the privacy issues involved in data collection – and they are critically important – while neglecting the idea of data as a tangible and valuable resource (and how to protect...

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New Round of PPP Loans: What Nonprofits Need to Know

Matt Lewis and Julie Treppa discuss "New Round of PPP Loans: What Nonprofits Need to Know."  The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a lifeline for nonprofits and other businesses that are struggling to survive during...

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Farella Partners in Development of La Cocina Municipal Marketplace

Farella Braun + Martel served as the pro bono legal partner to La Cocina in the development of La Cocina Municipal Marketplace in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. The nation’s first women-led food hall will...

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