Karen earned her Juris Doctor degree in 1994 and is a licensed attorney and member of the State Bar of California. She spent the earlier part of her career as a litigator, representing a wide variety of clients through mediation, arbitration and trial.Most recently, Karen served as General Counsel for Granite Escrow & Settlement Services, which is now part of First American Financial. At Granite/First American, Karen oversaw the Holding Escrow division, where she structured and drafted intricate agreements for her clients, administered holding escrows and handled all financial aspects of the transaction. Karen also advised the escrow officers on legal matters and worked closely with the Chief Operations Officer to update and implement the employee guidelines and internal compliance measures.Karen lives in South Orange County, California with her husband and 17 year-old daughter. She also has two boys: one who graduated from the University of Michigan and is now applying to medical school, and another who is a sophomore at USC Thornton School of Music’s Popular Music Program for songwriting.