Karen Jung

Partner / LOS ANGELES,

Area of Specialization

  • Construction Group
  • Corporate Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation and Trial
  • Real Estate

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2001
  • U.S. District Courts for the Central District, Northern District, Southern District, and Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • University of California, Berkeley, Undergraduate Studies in Political Science and Chemistry

Notable Accomplishments

  • Negotiated and structured the largest civil project deal in Canada’s history, with the contract value of $6.4 billion
  • Recovered for real estate title and escrow companies close to $100 million from multiple insurers in connection with defending claims involving a Ponzi scheme
  • Recovered for a subcontractor a significant sum plus attorneys’ fees from a general contractor involving a public construction project
  • Recovered for a public entity owner a significant sum plus attorneys’ fees from multiple carriers relating to a public construction project
  • Prevailed for trucking and transportation companies in numerous suits by drivers with regard to worker-classification issues

Fun Fact

  • Varsity tennis player in high school
  • Tried to be a T.V. anchor once, but went to law school instead
  • Currently trying to be an avid golfer
  • Truly appreciates people who can sing and dance well

Karen Jung

Partner / LOS ANGELES

Karen Jung adds value to her clients’ business by assessing and handling their legal risks, so that they can focus on growing the business.  With a solid background in the corporate world, Karen understands commercial concerns that go into determining legal risks.  With a broad background in commercial law, corporate law, employment law, intellectual property law, insurance law, and litigation, Karen can effectively advise her clients regarding complex legal matters, whether they involve litigation or transactional issues.

Before joining this firm as a Partner, Karen was the head of the legal department for the construction and engineering company of the Samsung Group for the Americas (“Samsung”).  She led the Samsung general contractor team in connection with negotiating and structuring the largest civil project deal in Canada’s history (with the total contract value of CAD $8.3 Billion).  At Samsung, she also oversaw all litigation, compliance, employment, and risk management matters arising out of the United States and the rest of the Americas.

Prior to her Samsung tenure, Karen was a Partner at a regional firm servicing the following industries as a litigator and outside general counsel: construction, design companies, religious groups, clergies, trucking, warehousing, logistics, biotech, pharmaceutical, food, specialty apparel manufacturers/wholesalers/retailers, real estate, and insurance.  She has tried cases as lead trial counsel before jury, and has led bench trials and arbitration matters.  Her experience also included transactional work, especially for international and Korean clients.

Karen is an active member of both the legal community and the local community.  She has served as the immediate past President of the Berkeley Korean-American Alumni Association (“BKAA”).  Under her leadership, this group became the first and only Korean-ethnic based alumni group chartered by the Cal Alumni Association.  She now serves as a director of BKAA.  In addition, Karen has served as a Governor of the Korean-American Bar Association since 2010.  Further, she has been active in the following groups: International Association of Korean Lawyers, Association of Corporate Counsel, California Minority Counsel Program, and Risk Insurance Management Society.

Karen has been published by the American Bar Association multiple times and also has other articles that have been published in respectable legal journals.

Karen has been recognized in the Southern California Super Lawyers magazine for three years.

Karen is fluent in Korean (speaking, reading, and writing).

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