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Karl Thurmond was named one of America’s Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators in 2019 – 2023.

Because of the business litigation and trial results Karl achieved, he was the first lawyer in the history of El Pollo Loco, Inc. to receive a Special Commendation Award for his contribution to the success of the company. Karl was also co-lead defense counsel in Copeland v. Baskin-Robbins, (2002) 96 Cal.App4th 1251, which has been cited or referenced over 530 times. 

Karl’s clients retain him to provide innovative solutions to complex business problems throughout the U.S. His clients have included Associated Materials, Henry Company, Maven Growth Partners, El Pollo Loco, Inc., Allied Domecq, McDonald’s Corporation, Baskin-Robbins, Los Angeles Local Development Corporation, Inc., DMC Investment Group, Inc., and Men’s Wearhouse. 

Karl is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, where he was an Ames Moot Court Finalist and received the Williston Prize for best contract negotiation. He served as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Milken Community Schools. 

Karl is currently the Co-Chair of the Finance Committee and Co-Chair of the Committee on Affordable Housing and Homelessness for Adam Schiff’s Campaign for U.S. Senate. He is also currently the Co-Chair of the Finance Committee for Congresswoman Sydney Kamlager’s Congressional Campaign. 

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Practice Areas

Business Litigation

Prosecute and defend a broad variety of complex business litigation, including disputes involving the Unfair Business Practices Act, unfair competition, consumer class actions, real estate, patent infringement, antitrust, insurance coverage, corporate and partnership law, franchise law, trade secrets, products liability, construction law, employment, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination.


Advise clients on the purchase and leasing of real estate, purchase and sale of businesses, general corporate matters, antitrust matters, asbestos matters, securities, patent infringement, corporate governance, acquisition due diligence, and employment matters.


Conduct trials and arbitrations throughout the United States on a broad variety of complex business litigation matters including real estate, insurance coverage, products liability, construction, employment, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination.

What clients say


I view Karl as among the very best. He does not approach litigation as a typical lawyer; instead, he takes his client’s problems as his own and forages a path towards creative, effective, and optimal solutions. When I have a big problem, I turn to Karl for counsel. Case after case, he delivers!  

– Alok K. Gupta, Former General Counsel, Associated Materials 

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