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Karen Y. Paik

Los Angeles

t: 310.752.2406
f: 310.752.2490
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Areas of Practice




Class Actions

Constitutional Law and First Amendment / Mass Media

Global Investigations and White Collar Defense

Intellectual Property

Securities Litigation


Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2004; Vice President, Practice Standards, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau; President, Students Organized for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Yale College, B.A., magna cum laude, English, 2000; Co-Editor-in-Chief, Yale Banner Yearbook

Languages Spoken





New York

Florida (inactive)

United States District Court: Eastern and Central Districts of California; Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

United States Court of Appeals: Second Circuit

Karen Y. Paik focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation.  She has experience in a broad range of matters, including bankruptcy litigation, securities class actions, corporate investigations, trademark disputes, and appeals, and has represented clients in a variety of industries, including the financial services, health care, airline, shopping mall, and entertainment  sectors.  Representative matters include:

  • Representing Barclays in LIBOR-related matters at the district and appellate levels in multi-jurisdictional litigation, including more than fifty actions advancing antitrust, Commodities Exchange Act, RICO, securities, consumer protection and state common law claims, and providing advice on regulatory issues.
  • Representing a firm client against allegations that its trademark was likely to cause confusion.
  • Advising a client on health care and financial regulatory issues, including preparing responses to a variety of regulators.
  • Helping to organize and draft a Supreme Court amicus curiae brief on behalf of a group of former U.S. Government Officials in Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean, No. 13-894 (2015).

Ms. Paik's pro bono experience includes post-conviction trial and appellate litigation in a Florida death penalty case; obtaining asylum status for a Tibetan refugee and a detained Dominican refugee after evidentiary hearings in immigration court; successful litigation of contested matters in bankruptcy and insolvency cases on behalf of a consumer debtor and non-profit organization; and representations of low-income women in various family court matters, including marital division, child custody and restraining order petitions.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Paik was associated with the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she worked extensively on bankruptcy litigation arising from the chapter 11 reorganization of Delta Air Lines.  Before that, Ms. Paik served as an Assistant State Attorney at the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney, where she prosecuted domestic violence cases.