Karimah J. Lamar

Attorney, San Diego
(858) 646-0007
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Clients Should Know: I am deeply committed to serving the community and legal profession

Favorite Team/Sport: Raiders/Football

In My Spare Time, I Mostly Enjoy: Working with youth

If I Wasn't a Lawyer, I’d Be: CEO of a nonprofit for women/children

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About Karimah

Karimah J. Lamar advises and represents clients in matters involving California labor and employment law.  Lamar is experienced in representing clients in federal and state courts, as well as before administrative agencies in disputes and allegations concerning labor and employment laws and regulations.  This includes claims of wrongful termination, claims of discrimination and harassment, wage and hour disputes, class actions, and other labor and employment litigation.

In addition, Lamar handles matters before various administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Advising California employers on compliance with the state’s labor and employment laws is a significant area of Lamar’s practice.  She counsels clients on compliance strategies on wage and hour laws, the WARN Act, family and medical leave laws, and litigation-avoidance approaches.  In support of her advisory role, Lamar regularly drafts employee handbooks and other personnel policies, as well as conducts specialized training on topics such as, sexual harassment prevention, diversity, and conducting proper investigations.

Lamar also has a broad range of transactional experience, including drafting contractual agreements, merger documents, corporate resolutions, certificates, and opinion letters.

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University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 2005

  • American Jurisprudence Award: Legal Strategy
  • Law and Technology Certificate

Spelman College, B.A., English, Minor in Management and Organization, magna cum laude, 1999


"6 Calif. Employment Bills Employers Should Track” Co-Author, Law360, May 2017

"CA Court OK's Meal Period Waiver Exception For Healthcare Workers," California Employment Law Letter, April 2017

"Univision Radio Host Sings The Blues Over Adverse Disability Ruling," California Employment Law Letter, December 2016

"Mandated Reporter Immunity Protects the Report, But Does it Protect Reporting-Related Conduct As Well?" Lifeline Care at Home, August 2016

"Benefit of Counsel: Cleaning Up - Why Employers Should Care About Reforming California’s PAGA," Staffing Industry Review, June 2016

"NLRB Continues to Circumvent State and Federal Law," Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin, May 2016

"California Provides Some Relief From Wage Statement Litigation," Restaurant Hospitality, February 2016

"Issues of Class Manageability Must Be Considered Before Certifying A Class," California Employment Law Letter, November 2015

"Marketing Success: How Did She Do That?" ABA Law Practice, 2014

"The PAGA Divide: Drafting Arbitration Agreements Post-Iskanian," Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin, April 2015

"AutoZone Ordered To Pay $185 Million For Pregnancy Discrimination," California Employment Law Letter, December 2014

"California Supreme Court Provides Guidance On The Commissioned Salesperson Exemption," Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin, November 2014

"Employee Prevails: It's Wrongful Termination, Not Job Abandonment," California Employment Law Letter, September 9, 2013

"Investigating Sexual Harassment Complaints," MM&A Insurance Services' Blog, February 20, 2013

"Employee Has No Obligation to Arbitrate," California Employment Law Letter, August, November 2012


"Sexual Harassment Prevention Training," CDF Client On-Site Training, October 2016

"Key Issues for Easing the Pain of Being a California Employer," Co-Presenter, HR Advisory Group for ProVisors, October 2016

"Sexual Harassment Prevention Training," CDF Client On-Site Training, December 2015

"Sexual Harassment Prevention Training," CDF Client On-Site Training, August 2015

"How to Conduct Proper Investigations," East County Chamber of Commerce, August 2014

"Religious Institutions Employment Law Training," Religious Institution, August 2014

"Employment Law Update from A to Z in California," Lorman Education Services, June 2014

"The Devil's in the Details: How Workplace Investigations Tip the Scales in Litigation," Southern California Public Management Association - Human Resources Annual Training Conference, March 2014

"Top 5 Employment Law Issues Facing Business Owners," ProVisors, February 2013

"Sexual Harassment Prevention Training," CDF Client On-Site Training, February 2013

Professional Affiliations/Leadership/Awards

Listed, Super Lawyers San Diego Rising Star, 2015 - 2016

American Bar Association, 2008 - present

San Diego County Bar Association, 2008 - present

Lawyers Club, 2008 - present

Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, 2008 - present

State Bar of California, Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Services Award, 2005 - 2007

Outstanding Service Award from Legal Aid, 2005 - 2007

Civic Activities

San Diego Delta Foundation, Board of Directors

Legal Aid

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Voices for Children

Habitat for Humanity

Casa Cornelia Law Center

Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure

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