Karen Phillips Donahoe

  • Managing Partner


Los Angeles, CA






Karen Phillips Donahoe has practiced law since 1980 and specialized in the field of family law since 1982. She is both an AV-Rated attorney by Martindale Hubble, the highest rating an attorney can receive from his or her peers and has also been selected by Law & Politics and Los Angeles Magazine as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the field of Family Law. Super Lawyers are selected as being in the top 5% of lawyers in their given field of practice.

Karen has long volunteered through the Los Angeles County Courts as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediator. Through these volunteer services, Karen, at the request of the courts, voluntarily mediates family law matters on the eve of court hearings.

Her background including degrees in both Political Science and communications, in addition to her Law Degree; a long-term marriage with three children; and a childhood living in different parts of the world, uniquely qualifies her to represent Southern California families going through complex divorces. She understands the importance of communication, cultural diversity, and the special needs of families with children. She additionally has over 30 years of expertise in handling complex family law matters. Karen works with her clients as a team to develop a plan that will enable you to minimize frustrations and allow you to resolve your matter with a positive outcome.

Areas Of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Dissolution of Marriage
  • Child Custody
  • Child and Spousal Support
  • Mediation
  • Consulting
  • Domestic Partnership Dissolution
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Post-Marital Agreements
  • Enforcement of Judgements
  • Post-Judgement Modification
  • Paternity
  • Dissolution of Marriage Involving Conservatorship

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1980


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 1980
  • University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California
    • B.A. - 1977
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: Communication

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • Los Angeles Bar Association, Member
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Offices of Milton J Nenney, Associate, 1980 to 1983
  • Mayer, Glassman & Gaines, Partner, 1983 to 1996

Pro Bono Activities

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediator - Los Angeles Superior Courts