Karen Dinino focuses her practice on employment, entertainment and defamation law.
Karen represents employers in federal and state court litigation, administrative hearings, arbitrations, and wage and hour proceedings, audits and class actions. Karen also provides employment issues counseling and training covering topics from harassment and discrimination prevention to leaves of absence to wage and hour compliance for household employees. Karen takes a risk management approach to employment law, working closely with clients to prevent lawsuits. She counsels clients on preventive maintenance through creation, review and implementation of handbooks, training programs, discipline and termination procedures, employment policies, employment agreements and hiring practices.
Karen prepares agreements for entertainment and music business executives, and represents entertainment industry clients in cases involving claims of defamation, unfair business practices, harassment and discrimination, failure to pay wages, and violation of California’s Fee-Related Talent Services Act, among others.
Outside of her work with Brownstein, Karen serves as President of EmployMentor, Inc. and works separately counseling businesses on employment issues. Before becoming an independent contractor with Brownstein, Karen was a litigator at Stroock and Stroock and Lavan in its Los Angeles office.
- Negotiated favorable settlement of California class action against an international financial services institution, in which former employees sought over $8 million in damages for wage violations, misclassification of employees and unfair business practices.
- Obtained summary judgment and award of attorneys' fees for the employer in a sexual harassment and wrongful termination suit against a healthcare management company, and defeated the employee’s appeal of the judgment and the attorneys’ fees award.
- Obtained favorable Employment Development Department settlement for entertainment industry employer charged with wrongly classifying numerous employees as exempt from overtime pay.
- Part of the Brownstein team representing plaintiff Anschutz Entertainment, one of the leading sports and entertainment companies in the world, in a defamation action.
- Obtained a temporary restraining order against several former employees of a large insurance company, preventing them from soliciting clients of the insurance company, and achieved favorable settlement of insurance company’s claims for unfair competition and breaches of employment contracts.
- Defeated challenges to employment arbitration agreements brought by employees of financial institutions, at trial and appellate levels, leading to favorable settlement of claims.
- Represented employers in financial institutions, healthcare organizations, the entertainment industry, advertising, food services, real estate development and retail businesses, among others, in pre-litigation settlement negotiations and in litigation of wage and hour, harassment and discrimination, wrongful termination, and fraud and breach of contract claims, among other employment-related disputes.
- Conducted investigations of harassment and discrimination claims in the financial, entertainment, food services, garment manufacturing, non-profit, retail and construction industries, leading to amicable resolution or favorable settlements of claims.
- Provided harassment and discrimination prevention training to thousands of executives, supervisors, and employees nationwide, including one-on-one training for executives and managers presenting leadership or management skills risks, for clients in financial institutions, healthcare organizations, the entertainment industry, advertising, technology and IT industries, and retail businesses.
- Testified and consulted as an expert witness on employment practices in California state court litigation.