Karen G. Andres

Arbitrator and Mediator

Attorney at Law


Karen Andres is an experienced mediator and arbitrator in private and public cases. She presides over a courteous hearing and renders a well-reasoned decision that garners the respect of both parties.

Karen’s undergraduate degree is in psychology and education. She has an ability to understand the motivations of parties in mediation and to make both sides feel that they have been heard. This skill is particularly useful in cases that have emotional content such as sexual harassment matters. It is also valuable in the arbitration context. 

Karen Andres served as an administrative law judge for two California agencies. The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) hears cases involving permits and licensing as well as matters from the range of State agencies.  The State Personnel Board (SPB) hears appeals from discipline and discrimination complaints of California employees.

Prior to becoming an arbitrator and mediator in private practice, Karen was the Dispute Resolution Attorney for Maxicare Health Plans, a health maintenance organization. At the beginning of her law career, Karen served as counsel for the chairman of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB). She wrote opinions under the name of the chairman of this nascent agency involving union elections. She founded two programs of legal services for the elderly, in Jerusalem, Israel and in Alameda County, California. She coordinated a program of training and technical assistance for practitioners of legal services for the elderly for the National Paralegal Institute in San Francisco.