Karen Goodman

Name: Karen Goodman

Title: Principal

Company: Goodman Law Corporation

Goodman Law Corporation

3840 Watt Avenue, Bldg. A, Sacramento, CA 95821

(916) 643-0600



E d u c a t i o n

University of California, Davis, B.S.

University of San Francisco, School of Law, J.D., with honors

Professional and Civic Involvement

California Lawyer Association (2016–current)

  • Vice Chair, Ethics Committee, California Lawyer Association (2019-2021)
  • Committee member (2019-current)

American Bar Association (Small Firm/Solo, Labor & Employment) (2016-current)

  • Chair, GP/Solo– Litigation Committee (2016–2022)
  • Vice Chair, GP/Solo-Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee (2021-2022)
  • Co-Chair Spring Program for GP/Solo (with Litigation Section) (2019)

ABOTA (2003–Present)

  • President, ABOTA–Sacramento Chapter (2021)
  • Vice President, ABOTA–Sacramento Chapter (2020)
  • Secretary, ABOTA–Sacramento Chapter (2019)
  • Treasurer, ABOTA–Sacramento Chapter (2018)
  • Membership Chair, ABOTA–Sacramento Chapter (2017)
  • Cal-ABOTA Board (2020-2022)

National Conference of Bar Examiners:  Diversity Committee (2017-2018), Technology Committee (2018-2019)

  • California State Bar (member since 1984)
  • Committee of Bar Examiners (2014–2018)
    • Chair, Committee of Bar Examiners (2016–2017)
  • Chair, California State Bar Task Force Discipline Standards (2014)
  • State Bar Board of Trustees (2010–2013)
  • California State Bar Legal Malpractice Specialization Committee (2010)
  • California State Bar Legal Malpractice Specialization Task Force (2008–2009)
  • California State Bar Professional Responsibility & Ethics Committee (1998–2000)

Board Member, National Conference of Women Bar Associations (2009–2013)

California Lawyers Association (member of Litigation, Real Estate & Employment Sections)

President, California Women Lawyers (2007–2008)

Chair, Resolutions Committee for the Conference of Delegates (2005–2006)

Judge, Pro Tem Settlement Conference (El Dorado and Sacramento Counties)

Sacramento County Bar Association (Small Firm, Labor & Employment, Real Estate Sections)

Sacramento County Fee Arbitration Committee and Ethics Committee

President, Women Lawyers of Sacramento (1999)

Sacramento Professional Advisors Network (SPAN)

 H o n o r s

Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers (2021)

Martindale-Hubbell rated AV

Harry Sondheim Ethics Award – State Bar of California (2016)

Named as a “Super Lawyer” of Northern California

Top Women Lawyers In Northern California (2015–2021)

Best Lawyers in America-Real Estate (2012–2021)

WLS Frances Newell Carr Award (2009)

A d m i s s i o n s  a n d  C e r t i f i c a t i o n s

Admitted to California Bar, 1984

Admitted to Eastern District U.S.D.C. 1984

Admitted to Northern District U.S.D.C. 2005

Admitted to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal California State Bar
Certified Specialist– Legal Malpractice Law

ABPLA– Diplomate Legal Malpractice

A r t i c l e s  a n d  P r e s e n t a t i o n s


“Co-Venturing Your Next Case,” CLA Newsletter (2021)

“Multiple Clients:  How to recognize when you have too many clients,” CLA Newsletter (2020)

“Why Lawyers Should Care about the Bar Exam,” SCBA Magazine (2020)

“Managing Your Experts”  ABA GP Solo Ezine (2019)

“Co-Venturing Your Next Case?” ABA GPSolo Ezine (Co-Author, 2017)

“When Essential Skills Begin to Decline,” The Daily Journal (2013)

“Ethics in Settlement,” ABA Employment Rights and Responsibilities Annual Meeting (2001)

“Recognizing & Avoiding Conflicts of Interest,” SCBA (2001)

“Defending the Real Estate Broker: How Counsel Can Stop the Runaway Train,” The Defense (1998)


Assembly Judiciary Committee, California Bar Exam (2017)

Senate Judiciary Committee, Judicial Selection Process (2007)


Succession Planning, SCBA (2021)

Transitioning and Consolidating Solo Practices in a Virtual World, ABA GP/Solo (2021)

Ethics v. Business:  How to successfully navigate the ethical issues mostly commonly facing the solo lawyer, Lake County Bar Ass’n (2021)

Selling Your Services Ethically, CLA (2020)

Knowing Your Client, South Placer Estate Planning Council (2020)

Knowing Your Client, Professional Fiduciary Association of California (2020)

ABA GP-Solo webinar Managing expert witnesses (2019)

Examination of witnesses, Placer County Bar Ass’n (2018)

Ethics and Social Media, Sacramento County Bar (2016)

Ethics and Social Media, ABPLA (2016) Ethics in Trial, ABPLA (2015)

Demonstrative Evidence in Trial, ABOTA Masters in Trial (2014)


Preparing for the Worst (co-presenter), CLA (2021)

Ethics in Employment Law, Annual California Employment Law Conference, PLI (2020)

Show me the Money:  Ethical issues in charging and collecting attorney’s fees, Annual Conference,  CLA (2020)

Breaking Away:  Ethical concerns when leaving a firm to start your own practice, Small Firm Summit, CLA (2020)

Civility Matters, ABOTA Sacramento Valley Chapter (2020)

California Lawyers Association- What’s new in ethics (2019)

California Lawyers Association-Conflict Waivers (2019)

UCD Law School-ABOTA Civility matters (2019)

Sacramento County Bar Association: Collecting attorney’s fees (2019)

Articles and Presentations (Continued)

ABA Litigation Section/GP Solo Division: Demonstrative Evidence (2019)

California State Bar Ethics Symposium—Joint Defense Agreements (2018)

McGeorge School of Law, ABOTA Civility Matters (2013, 2017)

Lincoln Law School, ABOTA Civility Matters (2018)

Women in the Law: Clearing the Hurdles, WLS (2014)

Civility Matters for Litigation Section (2011) ABOTA Masters in Trial Cross-Examination of Experts (2009)

ABOTA Masters in Trial: Demonstrative Evidence (2013)

ABA Lawyers Professional Liability Committee: Taking and defending the lawyer’s deposition (2013)


Relief Practitioner—Succession Planning, Solo & Small Firm Summit, California State Bar Conference (2013)

SCBA Bankruptcy Section, Predatory Lending (2009)

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