Karen Bird has over 30 years of experience in criminal law.
She attended UCLA and Loyola Law School where she was a member of the Scott Moot Court (state champion) and Traynor Trial Advocacy (state champion representing California in the national competition) teams. She worked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office as a certified law student.
Immediately after passing the bar exam in 1985, Karen began working at the Office of the Los Angeles County Public Defender. She spent three years doing misdemeanor and felony trials and acting in a supervisory capacity. She then worked at Parkinson Wolf Lazar and Leo, an insurance defense litigation firm, from 1988 to 1990. During her time there, Karen supervised firm partners in developing their trial skills in criminal trials under appointment of the Superior Court.
In 1990 Karen moved her practice to the Torrance area, focusing on civil, criminal and family law. She was a member of a committee that advised and assisted the court in the handling of appointed criminal cases. In 1993, she was joined by her husband and created Bird & Bird, A Law Corporation. In 2015, George Bird retired from the firm when he was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court
In addition to the practice of law, Karen has been an active volunteer in legal organizations and in her community. She has volunteered with the Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial program. She has acted as a presiding judge and scoring attorney for the competition and as a coach for several school teams. She implemented the Mock Trial program at Palos Verdes High School and coached that team. She was named “Lawyer of the Year” by CRF and the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 1991. She has held numerous volunteer positions at her children's schools both in the PTA and the school district, including acting as President of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Counsel of PTAs and serving on the Board of Directors for the Peninsula Education Foundation. She was given the Continuing Service Award for her efforts for children in the school district.
Memberships & Associations
- California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- California Appellate Defense Association
- California Appellate Project (panel attorney)
- South Bay Bar Association