Karen L. Karavatos
An active litigation attorney in California for over 25 years, Karen Karavatos has focused on making a positive difference in her clients’ lives. The desire to help people, coupled with the drive to live a meaningful life, motivated Karen to become an attorney and continues to inspire her career. Bringing extensive experience representing plaintiffs as lead counsel in complex, multiparty litigation, Karen joined Robinson Calcagnie, Inc. in 2001. From inception to conclusion, Karen has successfully represented thousands of plaintiffs as both lead counsel and support counsel in complex and newsworthy lawsuits.
Karen was born in Cambridge‚ Massachusetts. She relocated to San Clemente, California, with her family in 1970. Karen attended San Clemente High School. At age 16, while a sophomore at San Clemente High School, Karen passed the California High School Proficiency Exam and transferred to Saddleback Community College. At age 18, Karen obtained an Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts and transferred to University of California Santa Cruz. Karen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Santa Cruz in 1984. She then attended the University of San Diego School of Law and earned a Juris Doctorate degree from USD Law in 1987.
Karen has received several honors and awards during her career. While a student‚ Karen was one of the Founding Editors of the University of San Diego School of Law Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues in 1986‚ she received the University of San Diego School of Law Merit Certificate for Outstanding Achievement in 1987, and was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among American Law Students in 1987. Ms. Karavatos was also selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among Rising Young Americans in 1992; Two Thousand Notable American Women‚ Fifth Edition in 1992; the International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women in 1993; The World Who’s Who of Women‚ Twelfth and Thirteenth Editions; and Who’s Who in American Law in 1995. Karen’s Success Profile as a prominent attorney in the construction defect litigation arena was featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal on February 23‚ 1996. She was included in California Super Lawyers 2015.
Karavatos has authored numerous published articles. Such articles include the following: “Community Associations Dealing With Construction Defects” published by Orange County Lawyer Magazine‚ September 1996; “Mitigation of Damages or Spoliation of Evidence: The Repair Dilemma” published by Community Associations Institute Orange County Regional Chapter Construction Defects Digest‚ 1995; “Funding Repairs and Experts During Construction Defect Litigation” published by Condo Management Magazine‚ December 1996; “Understanding Alternative Dispute Resolution‚” published by Community Associations Institute California Southern Counties Chapter HOA Digest November/December 1993;” and she was a periodic author of Condo Hotline for the Daily Pilot in 1990.