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Karen I. Calhoun


Karen Calhoun is a corporate attorney who works on business sales and purchases, general agreement negotiations, business structuring, financing and day-to-day legal management.

With over 25 years of transactional law experience, Karen was formerly a partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP in Costa Mesa and McDermott Will & Emery LLP in Irvine.

Karen has represented sellers and buyers, licensors and licensees, and owners and management. Clients benefit from Karen’s understanding of each side of a negotiation.

With over 17 years of large law firm experience and her solo practice since 2009, Karen has worked with clients in a variety of industries, including: aerospace, apparel, automotive, beverage, construction, consulting, defense, electronics, film, financial services, fitness, food, fuel, healthcare, homeowner associations, manufacturing, media, medical device, pharmaceuticals, real estate, recruiting, sanitation, software, spa, sporting goods, technology, telecommunications and utilities.

Karen efficiently delivers sophisticated, practical legal services. Her goal is to become an important business ally to her clients. Clients praise Karen’s responsiveness and accessibility. She will give client references upon request.

Karen does not profess to be all things to all clients. She associates with other counsel for matters in which clients will be best served by other trusted attorneys and service providers. Karen has achieved great results working collaboratively with clients’ other advisors.

After receiving her B.A., cum laude, from Claremont McKenna College in 1985, Karen worked for three years in the commercial real estate industry. She earned her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1991 where she served on the Law Review. In 1991 Karen served as an Extern to the Honorable Armand Arabian, Associate Justice, California Supreme Court (Retired).

Karen is a California licensed real estate broker. She lives in Orange County with her husband and two daughters. The Calhoun family enjoys fly fishing. Karen holds a world record certified by the International Game Fish Association for Pacific Barracuda on 12 pound tippet.