Karen T. Stefano
Of Counsel
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KAREN THOMAS STEFANO is a JD/MBA with more than twenty years of litigation experience. She has litigated complex commercial cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States, emphasizing securities class actions, consumer class actions and intellectual property disputes, and has tried more than twenty-five cases as sole lead trial counsel. She served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable J. Lawrence Irving, United States District Court, Southern District of California. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Stefano served as a Legislative Aide to Congressman Robert T. Matsui in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Stefano received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985, a J.D. from the University of California, Davis in 1990, and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in corporate finance from the University of San Diego in 2004. She is also a licensed real estate broker.
Ms. Stefano has made substantial contributions to the San Diego legal community, serving as a Commissioner on the City of San Diego Ethics Commission from 2003 to 2007, serving on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program from 2003 to 2007 and serving on the Board of Directors for the San Diego County Bar Association from 1996-1999. She also served on the State Bar of California’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct. In 2005 she received the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program’s Annual Award for Pro Bono Service, and in 1995 received the Annual Award for Outstanding Service to the San Diego County Bar Association.