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karl thurmond

About Us

Law Office of Karl S. Thurmond is dedicated to providing high quality representation to businesses confronted with intricate and sophisticated problems. Our broad practice encompasses business litigation and trials, business counseling, and employment litigation and counseling. 
We have the problem solving skills, experience, and practical judgment that are essential to implementing winning legal strategies. We have structured our practice to ensure that our clients get the personal attention of seasoned lawyers who are committed to obtaining the best possible results.  
We have experience on both sides of the courtroom, regularly representing clients who are both plaintiffs and defendants. Our clients include several Fortune 500 companies. The variety of our practice has taught us to be flexible, creative, and innovative in our approach to the litigation process. We understand that each case requires a different strategy which takes into account the practical business realities of the matter.


Dartmouth College, A.B., 1982 Harvard Law School, J.D., 1985 Recipient: Ames Moot Court Prize & Williston Prize for best contract negotiation

Bar Admission



  • Named one of America’s Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators, 2019 – 2022 
  • Named “Southern California Super Lawyer” in 2006 – 2010 and 2012 – 2023 by Los Angeles Magazine, which is a designation given to the top five percent of the lawyers in Southern California
  • Selected one of Top 100 Black Lawyers in the State of California for 2015 – 2023 by The National Black Lawyers Association
  • Appointed by the President of Los Angeles County Bar Association to Judicial Appointments Committee, 2012 – 2013
  • Recipient of Special Commendation Award, El Pollo Loco, Inc. for Contributions to Success of El Pollo Loco, 2010
  • Certified Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is limited to attorneys who have won million dollar verdicts, awards & settlements, 2005 – present
  • Named to McDonald’s Corporation’s list of Preferred Outside Franchise Counsel, 2003 – present

Community Involvement

  • Co-Chair of Finance Committee for Adam Schiff’s Campaign for U.S. Senate, 2023 – Present
  • Co-Chair of Finance Committee for Sydney Kamlager’s Campaign for Congress, 2022 – Present
  • Co-Chair of City Attorney Mike Feuer’s Campaign for Mayor, 2020 – 2022 
  • Co-Chair Congressman Adam Schiff’s Finance Committee, 2019 – Present
  • Member of Board of Directors, Volunteers of America, Los Angeles, 2021 – Present
  • Vice Chair Board of Trustees, Milken Community Schools, 2018 – 2019
  • Co-Chaired the Capital Campaign and Annual Giving Fund, Milken Community Schools, 2017 – 2019 
  • Member of Board of Directors, Temple Emanuel, 2009  2013
  • President of Board of Regents, Temple Emanuel Academy Day School, 2009  2011
  • General Counsel and Member of Board of Directors, Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club, 2001  2006
  • Vice Chairperson of Class of 1985 20th Reunion Gift Committee, The Harvard Law School Campaign, 2004  2005 
  • Appointed by California State Senate to the Structural Pest Control Board of the State of California, 2000  2004
  • Counsel, Black Business Association of Los Angeles, Inc., 1992  1998


our experience

Case Experience