David M. Karen

Mediator and Arbitrator

David M. Karen, Esq., practiced civil litigation as a trial lawyer since 1985.  He specialized in the litigation and trial of virtually all civil matters, having 28 jury trials to verdict. His law practice included both the defense and prosecution of nearly all aspects of civil litigation including: serious injury and wrongful death, insurance claims, employment law and business interests, including arbitration, mediation, aggressive discovery, litigation review, and litigation management.   Since 1999, Mr. Karen has been appointed as Mediator for over 150 Los Angeles Superior court actions having now mediated over 500 matters. He periodically presides as Judge pro tem (Small Claims) as well as the Settlement Judge for trials pending in the Ventura County Superior Court, (Department 22).

Recent Accomplishments

Mr. Karen has been nominated and accepted as a member of ABOTA – American Board of Trial Advocates. He was appointed Chair of the Ventura County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) section in 2013. Also in 2013, Citations magazine interviewed DKLG senior partner David Karen, about his role as ADR Chairman. You can read the interview online on the Ventura County Bar Association’s website in the Citations  section for July 2013 issue under “New Section Leadership” and in the July 2013 issue of Citations magazine.

David M. Karen, Esq.


Education & Training
The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (2004)
Pepperdine University School of Law
Malibu, CA

Los Angeles Superior Court (1999+)
ADR Panelist
Excess of 150 mediations assigned

Ventura County Superior Court (1999+)
Judge Pro Tem
Settlement Pro Tem - Dept. 22

Juris Doctor (1984)
Graduated with Honors
Loyola Law School
Los Angeles, CA

Bachelor of Science Business Administration, Accounting (1981)
Cum Laude
California State University, Northridge
Northridge, CA

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California
United States Supreme Court
United States District Court, Central District and Southern Districts

Law Associations

Ventura County Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association