University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1980; University of California at Santa Barbara, B.A. Economics, 1977.
Los Angeles Office
Karen A. Rooney has had over 30-years of litigation experience, with an emphasis in employment litigation. She has defended employers of all types and sizes against claims for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, tort claims, including fraud, wage and hour, including class action claims, and other employment-related claims. Ms. Rooney has also prosecuted and defended claims for trade secret misappropriation and related claims including tortious interference with contract and business advantage and has obtained potential workplace violence injunctions. Ms. Rooney’s litigation experience also extends to commercial litigation including business torts, securities litigation, real estate transactions and contract disputes.
What sets Ms. Rooney apart from other practitioners in the labor/employment area is her extensive trial and arbitration experience. While the bulk of cases end short of trial or arbitration, Ms. Rooney can and has taken numerous cases through trial or arbitration and appeal. Below are examples of Ms. Rooney’s trial work:
The last twelve years have produced a great deal of litigation related to the enforceability of employment arbitration agreements. Ms. Rooney filed several petitions to enforce various arbitration agreements and represented employer in two cases that went to the appellate level. As the use of employment arbitration agreements increased, Ms. Rooney successfully represented employers in at least 30 arbitration hearings. The arbitrated cases included age discrimination/reduction in force claims; commission claims; wrongful termination/breach of contract claims; sexual harassment claims; disability discrimination claims; and claims against broker-dealer employers.
Although Ms. Rooney’s practice primarily focuses on the litigation and disposition of adversarial proceedings initiated by employees, she also provides advice and counsel to employers regarding employment issues.
Ms. Rooney has served on the Board of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Attorney Referral Service and has volunteered as a mediator with both the Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Ms. Rooney has also conducted a number of training sessions on employment law issues and trial strategy/skills.