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Karen L. Goldstein

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Law Offices of Karen L. Goldstein
1645 North Vine Street, Suite 306
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: 888-445-6313
Fax: 323-467-7229
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2017
Licensed in California Since: 2004
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (50%), Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%)
Languages Spoken: English, French, Spanish
Attorney Profile

The founder of her own firm located in Los Angeles, California, Karen L. Goldstein focuses her practice exclusively on criminal defense, providing representation to clients throughout the region who are facing state or federal felony or misdemeanor charges. The types of federal matters she has handled have included money laundering, bank fraud and other white collar crimes, child pornography, allegations under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and conspiracy. Ms. Goldstein also has extensive experience defending clients who have been accused of driving under the influence, committing domestic violence, possessing or trafficking in illegal drugs, and other crimes. She has an impressive track record in obtaining acquittals or favorable plea agreements for her clients.

Majoring in history and English, Ms. Goldstein attended Georgetown University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1999. She then pursued her legal education at Georgetown University Law Center, where she served on the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law before being awarded her Juris Doctor in 2003. She has been a criminal defense attorney for her entire career. Admitted to practice before all California state courts, Ms. Goldstein is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern Districts of California.

In addition to her private practice, Ms. Goldstein has provided representation to indigent federal criminal defendants through her membership on the Criminal Justice Act Trial Attorney Panel of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Association of Federal Defense Attorneys and the California DUI Lawyers Association.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense
  • 50%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


5 Years Super Lawyers
6 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2017

About Karen L. Goldstein

First Admitted: 2004, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Presenter at the National Association of Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Annual Sex Crimes Seminar: Defending The Unthinkable: Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault and Child Victims Cases (NACDL).  PResented with forensic psycholgoica, Dr. Hy Malinek. , Wielding Experts as a Sword: Out-"Experting" the Prosecution, NACDL Annual Sex Crimes Defense Seminar, Criminal Defense Lawyers

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Super Lawyer Criminal Defense Southern California 

Educational Background

  • Georgetown University, B.A., Honors: cum laude, Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Panel Speaker, Sex Crimes Defense, Fiddler Institute for Criminal Justice, Loyola Law School, 2014
  • Presentation, Sex Crimes Defense, Indigent Criminal Defense Appointment (ICDA) Panel, 2014
  • Author, "The Uncertain Future of Federal Child Pornography Sentencing", Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) Forum, 2013

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Central Justice Act (CJA), Federal Appointed Conflict Attorney, 2014
  • Indigent Criminal Defense Appointment, Panel Member, 2006-Present

Bar/Professional Activity

  • California
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Member
  • Supreme Court of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • California Bar Association, Member
  • National Assoication of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California


  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2012-2017
  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers
  • Avvo Client’s Choice Award
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Avvo Superb Rating of 10
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Office Location for Karen L. Goldstein

1645 North Vine Street
Suite 306
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Phone: 888-445-6313

Fax: 323-467-7229

Last Updated: 7/21/2020

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