Karen A. Sundermier has represented employers in a full spectrum of labor matters and has litigated on behalf of management in connection with all types of employment and labor disputes, including:

  • Wrongful discharge
  • Employment discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Disability
  • Leaves of absence

Karen has experience assisting employers with representation elections and collective bargaining and counseling on personnel matters, such as leaves of absence, wage and hour laws, and employee discipline and discharge. In addition, she has extensive training experience.

As a knowledge manager in Littler's Knowledge Management Department, Karen frequently conducts training sessions for the Littler Learning Group in the areas of:

  • Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Respectful workplace
  • Employment law for managers

Karen has authored several articles on employment and labor law matters. She serves as an editor for Littler's publications on labor relations and healthcare topics. 

Previously, Karen worked in the Office of the General Counsel of the Judicial Council of California, where she counseled California judges and court administrators on employment and labor matters, managed the defense of employment litigation, and trained judges and court employees on employment issues and ethics.

Professional & Community Affiliations


American Bar Association

Speaking Engagements


  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1996
  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1993With Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa

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