STAN KARAS, of counsel in the Los Angeles office, is an experienced class action attorney, who works on every stage of such cases from pleading challenges to class certification proceedings to trial and appeal. He is also an experienced trial lawyer, including as first chair. Among other successes, he obtained a $3 million jury verdict for a client, along with a finding that the defendant was liable for punitive damages. In another trial, the court granted non-suit in favor of Mr. Karas’s client after he delivered the opening argument.
Mr. Karas started his legal career at Paul Hastings Janofsky and Walker, where he handled complex commercial and real estate litigation. Subsequently, he joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, where he specialized in class actions, both on the plaintiff and the defense side, as well as intellectual property litigation. Mr. Karas then worked at a plaintiff-side class action firm where he obtained tens of millions of dollars in settlements on behalf of his clients.
Mr. Karas is a graduate of Stanford University, where he received a degree in History and Literature and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley. In law school, Mr. Karas served as Articles Editor of the California Law Review and Notes and Comments Editor of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. Mr. Karas has published on class action and privacy law issues including Privacy, Identity, Databases, 52 Am. U. L. Rev. 393 (2002) and The Role of Fluid Recovery in Consumer Protection Litigation, 90 Cal. L. Rev. 959 (2002).