Karen Liao is a partner in the Irvine office of Manning & Kass. She is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation; Sports, Recreation, and Attractions Law; and Restaurant, Retail, and Hospitality Teams. She focuses her practice on the defense of health clubs, gyms, spas, retailers, theaters, and other businesses in matters involving general liability, premises liability, and business litigation. With experience on both sides of litigation practice, Ms. Liao draws upon her diverse legal background to imbue her practice with a unique approach to effective client representation. She possesses a strong foundation in all aspects of civil litigation, from initial case evaluation through trial. She has successfully disposed of her clients’ cases through motions for summary judgment.
Ms. Liao is admitted to the California State Bar; the United States District Courts for the Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California; and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Prior to joining Manning & Kass, Ms. Liao litigated numerous high-profile consumer and employment class actions, mass tort, complex actions, and catastrophic personal injury cases as plaintiff’s counsel in both state and federal court.
Ms. Liao is a member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association. Ms. Liao is invested in her community, and volunteers at the APABA Monthly Community Legal Clinic, where she provides pro bono assistance to low income senior citizens concerning a variety of legal issues. She is also a member of Southwestern Law School’s Alumni Mentor Program, mentoring current law students.
Ms. Liao received her JD degree from Southwestern University School of Law. She also studied at the University of California, Los Angeles, and obtained a BA in sociology with a minor in public policy. Ms. Liao is fluent in Mandarin and Spanish.