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Karen Hallock

Karen L. Hallock


Karen Hallock's practice covers a broad range of business and real estate litigation matters, including contract disputes, real property disputes, land use litigation, commercial landlord-tenant litigation and other complex commercial litigation issues in state and federal court. 

Areas of FocusReal Estate
Bar admissionsCalifornia


  • Assisted in the defense of one of California's largest supermarket chains against a claim by its landlord for millions in additional rent, resulting in a defense verdict and a million dollar recovery by the supermarket
  • Served as lead trial counsel and successfully obtained judgment in favor of client and an award of attorneys' fees against a mortgage brokerage firm in a case involving a violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act
  • Served as second chair of an arbitration, defeating breach of contract claims involving a $200 million development project, which resulted in a complete judgment in favor of the client and an award of attorneys' fees
  • Successfully obtained complete dismissal on demurrer on behalf of a lender in a wrongful foreclosure case
  • Successfully obtained complete dismissal on demurrer on behalf of a lender, defeating claims to cancel title to fourteen properties
  • Assisted in the defense of six class-action lawsuits against a public utility company's implementation of its billing system
  • Served as second chair in a jury trial awarding judgment on behalf of a global real estate services company in the defense of an action arising from tenant-in-common real estate transactions
  • Served as lead counsel and successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of an affordable housing developer resulting in full dismissal of the case
  • J.D., Southwestern University
    • Associate Editor; Southwestern Law Review 
    • Chair, Trial Advocacy Honors Program 
    • Schumacher Scholarship 
    • Dean's Merit Award

    magna cum laude
  • M.A., American Conservatory Theater 

  • B.A., University of California at Los Angeles


  • The Legal 500 United States
    2021 - Recommended, Real Estate Land Use / Zoning

Pro Bono

  • Southwestern University School of Law Trial Advocacy Honors Program - Coach


  • Panelist, "Construction Lender Risk Management Roundtable," Making Tough Deals Work Panel, March 2022

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Japanese American Bar Association
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Commercial Real Estate Women - Los Angeles



+1 213 694 3154
(Work, Los Angeles (Downtown))