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Ms. Darling attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and graduated in May 1985.

She graduated from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California in May 1990.

Karen Darling, Esq.

Senior Attorney

Karen has worked on high profile cases on the city and state level. Today she has come full circle, going back to the main reason she wanted to become a lawyer, and that was to help children and families. Karen says she enjoys family law and is good at it. “I can litigate and argue cases and have a sense of empathy so I can sympathize, empathize and understand what families are going through.”

Karen Darling was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1990 and is licensed to practice before all courts in the State of California. She is also licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota.

Ms. Darling attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and graduated in May 1985. Thereafter, she was employed as a FAA Liaison at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company before attending, and graduating from, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California in May 1990.

Early in her legal career, Karen worked at the private firms, Burke, Williams, & Sorensen, LLP, and Franscell, Strickland, Roberts and Lawrence in their Litigation Sections, primarily handling the defense of law enforcement officers on behalf of the County of Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department and various Cities. Her cases included causes of action for excessive force, false arrest, improper search and seizure, police pursuits, “suicide by cop,” and 42 USC section 1983 Civil Litigation.

As a trial attorney, Ms. Darling managed cases from their inception to their conclusion, including written discovery, depositions, law and motion, trial and appeals. In 1997, Ms. Darling commenced her career as a Deputy Attorney with the State of California Attorney General’s Office. She was part of the Litigation section and represented the State, its Agencies and its employees, including the Governor’s Office. State Agencies included California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Judicial Counsel, Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Food and Agriculture, Department of Mental Health and California State Schools and Universities. During her tenure at the Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Darling handled cases from their genesis through, and including, trial and appeal in both State and Federal Courts.

Ms. Darling has taken and defended hundreds of depositions, prepared hundreds of pleadings and law and motion and is well versed in discovery, mediation and arbitration. She has had numerous Jury Trials, prepared countless Appellate Briefs and has argued before all the Appellate Courts in the State of California, including the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

In 2008, Ms. Darling took some time off to raise her children and be present for her family. During that period, Ms. Darling volunteered as a CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocate, for the Dependency Court. In this capacity, Ms. Darling interviewed children in the foster care system, their doctors, therapists, care givers and teachers, usually acting as the Educational Rights Holder of the children. As a CASA, Ms. Darling represented the legal rights of these children and made recommendations to the Dependency Court Judges regarding the emotional and physical wellbeing and placement of the children.

While serving as a CASA, Ms. Darling realized her desire to continue to help families and children. She found that her strong litigation background was essential in the field of Family Law. Moreover, during her undergraduate studies, Ms. Darling had served as a counselor and advocate at various centers assisting victims of crime and abused women. As such, she is able to empathize, support and perceive what families experience when seeking dissolution of a marriage, assessing child custody issues or pursuing domestic violence restraining orders. In light of her legal experience and desire to represent children and their families, Ms. Darling returned to work at Foothill Law Group in order to specialize in Family Law.

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