Cynthia K. Karlen, Esq.

Cynthia K. Karlen was born in Riverside, California but grew up around the world as her father was career US Air Force. Riverside was the only base that he was stationed at twice, allowing her to finish high school there and attend the University of California at Riverside where she earned a BS in Administrative Studies. Completing college, her first job was working in the Insurance industry as a workers’ compensation claims examiner. In the years that followed, she has worked for several companies as both an adjuster as well as claims supervisor. She enjoys working on the more complex cases and finding resolutions.

She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Empire College School of Law of Santa Rosa in 2003 and was admitted to the California State Bar in 2004. She has worked in workers’ compensation law for a couple of firms and has handled Longshore & Harbor workers’ compensation cases as well as asbestos litigation. She has also served as defense counsel for CIGA. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the North Bay Workers’ Compensation Association. She has been an active member of this organization since it’s inception in July 1991. The membership is composed of both applicant and defense attorneys, claims, medical professionals, investigators and others associated with the workers’ compensation industry. Our goal is to provide educational opportunities in the North Bay for the workers’ compensation community.

Her husband serves as a Deacon in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and they have been married since 1978. They have two grown children. Their daughter is a graduate of UC Irvine (BS) and UC Davis (MS) and working as a civil engineer. Their son also graduated from UC Davis (BS) and is working as a mechanical engineer. They have one granddaughter, born 2013, who is totally adorable. When not working, her favorite activities are hanging with family, playing golf, traveling and hitting Disneyland.


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Associate Attorney – Santa Rosa Office

Area of Practice
California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Defense

Office Location
100 Stony Point Road, Suite 225
Santa Rosa, California 95401
(707) 571-7415 (main)
(707) 571-7443 (fax)


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