karenKaren C. Carrera

Partner | karen@e-licenciados.com

Karen Carrera has made a career of representing the under-represented citizens of San Francisco and the Bay Area.

She has been representing low-income clients in discrimination and wage and hour cases since 2003, when she joined the firm as a partner.

In 2009, Ms Carrera joined the faculty of the University of California, Hastings College of Law, as an adjunct professor. She teaches Client Interviewing & Counseling and Negotiation.

Ms. Carrera currently serves on the Board of Directors of Canal Alliance, a community law center that provides assistance to immigrants, youth and families in the Canal District of San Rafael. She has served on the boards of of Equal Rights Advocates, the ACLU of Northern California, Bay Area Legal Aid, La Raza Centro Legal, and St. Peter’s Housing Committee. She serves as a volunteer attorney for the AIDS Legal Referral Panel and is a member of the California State Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section. She also serves as a pro bono mediator for the San Francisco Bar Association’s and Marin Superior Court’s Early Settlement Programs.

In 2013, Ms. Carrera was awarded the UC Hastings College of Law La Raza Law Students Outstanding Alumni Award.

In 2005 and 2006, Ms. Carrera received the Wiley M. Manuel Award State Bar of California, presented by Legal Aid of Marin, as a Pro-Bono Advocate of the year for her work representing low income residents of Marin County.

From 1996-2003, Ms. Carrera worked as a Deputy City Attorney with the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. In Recognition of her considerable contributions to the citizens of the City and County of San Francisco in terms of both the issuance of injunctions to cure ongoing violations, and the recovery of significant judgements and settlements against code violators, she received a commendation by Chief of Police Lau in 2002 on behalf of SFPD, and a certificate of recognition from Mayor Willie Brown of the City of San Francisco.

In May 2002, Ms. Carrera was honored by the San Francisco Code Enforcement Task Force – SAFE Program – for her “outstanding contribution for crime prevention education, community organizing, and public safety.”

In 2001, Ms. Carrera received the Unity Award and was recognized for “Outstanding Service to the Legal Community” by the San Francisco Minority Bar Coalition and the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association.

Prior to working her position with the City, Ms. Carrera was a supervising attorney with San Francisco’s La Raza Centro Legal where she represented low-income residents of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties in the areas of employment, landlord tenant, consumer, elder law, and immigration.

Ms. Carrera is a 1992 graduate of Hastings College of the Law, the University of California, where she served as the student body president during her third year. She became a member of the California State Bar in 1993. She earned her Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles in May 1988. Ms. Carrera became a member of the Jesuit Honor Society Alpha Sigma Nu in 1986.

Ms. Carrera has extensive experience mediating disputes, including labor and employment and landlord tenant matters.  Ms. Carrera also conducts workplace investigations, mediates disputes and conducts bilingual employment law consulting and training for companies and businesses.

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