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Karen Reinhold

Karen Reinhold


The Letitia Building
70 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
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  • Bar Admissions
    • State Bar of California (1982)
  • Education
    • Juris Doctor (1982)
      cum laude
      Santa Clara University
    • BA, Political Science
      University of California, Riverside

Karen Reinhold specializes in representing employers, executives and occasionally employees, on employment-related matters.  She is the Co-Chair of Hopkins & Carley’s Employment Law department.  Karen served for fifteen years as in-house employment and trial counsel for a large publicly traded corporation and also practiced law for many years with a large multinational law firm.  In addition to providing advice and counsel on a broad range of employment-related legal issues, Karen has extensive experience as a trial lawyer, having successfully tried many employment or employment-related cases to jury verdict in state and federal court. 

Karen’s current practice involves advice and counsel, as well as litigation and trial, regarding the following matters:

  • Employee mobility and restrictive covenants
  • Trade-secrets
  • Unfair Business practices
  • Wage and hour practices
  • Discrimination and wrongful termination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Employment contracts
Representative litigation matters 
  • Successfully represented a co-founder against the company that acquired his start-up; obtained a binding arbitration award in favor of the co-founder after the company that acquired his start-up refused to honor a restricted stock agreement signed during the acquisition.
  • Successfully represented a group of game designers sued by their former employer for misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, fraud, conversion and breach of contract when they left their employment to join a competing game company.
  • Obtained a defense jury verdict in federal court against claims by a supervisor that he had been discriminated against based on age and national origin.
  • Obtained a defense jury verdict in state court against claims by a contractor that the company had intentionally interfered with his relationship with his employer based on his alleged whistle-blowing against the company regarding federal contract issues.
  • Obtained a defense jury verdict in state court against an employee with thirty years of service who claimed that he was retaliated against for filing an age discrimination charge and ultimately terminated because of his age and in retaliation for filing a discrimination charge.
Lectures and Publications
  • Hiring Correctly to Avoid Tax and Other Legal Problems, IRS-SJSU Small Business Tax Institute Conference on Tax Strategies for Small Business Success, June 2015
  • Time For California Employers To Check Hours Worked Policies, Law360, January 2015
  • Employee Wellness Programs a Plus, But Have Hurdles, Daily Journal, November 2014
  • Putting California Workplace Bullies in Their Place, Law360, October 2014
  • EEOC Now Taking Aggressive Position on Severance Agreements, Daily Journal, June 2014
  • To Sit, or Not to Sit? Question Answered, Daily Journal, April 2014
  • Frontier:  Litigating Restrictive Covenants in Employment, Daily Journal, January 2014
  • Restrictive Covenants: Enforcing Non-Solicitation, Non-Compete and No-Hire Clauses, NCHRA HR West Conference, 2014
  • Why Employers With a Non-Union Workforce Should Worry About the NLRB, NCHRA HR West Conference, 2013
  • Managing the Risks of Social Media in the Workplace, NCHRA Legal & Legislative Conference, 2013
  • Key Topics in Wage & Hour Law, NCHRA Total Rewards Conference, 2012
  • Overview of Employment-Related Legal Issues for Emerging Companies, California Program for Entrepreneurship (2010) (2011)
  • All-Hands Meeting, Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel (2010) (2013)
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