A frequent speaker on employment law topics, Karen regularly conducts seminars and training programs for managers and employees in all areas of employment practices and policies.

Karen collaborates with her clients to develop proactive strategies designed to enhance workplace productivity and avoid employment disputes.

An experienced litigator in both state and federal courts, Karen’s expertise includes class actions, complex litigation matters, and numerous administrative hearings, arbitrations, and mediations.

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Employment & Labor Law Attorney

Karen L. Gabler
Attorney

LightGabler
760 Paseo Camarillo
Suite 300
Camarillo, CA 93010
Direct Phone/Fax: 805.248.7207
Email: kgabler@lightgablerlaw.com
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For over two decades, Karen Gabler has counseled employers in all aspects of employment law, including:

  • Social media in the workplace
  • Diversity policies and training
  • Wrongful termination
  • Discrimination, harassment & retaliation
  • Defamation & invasion of privacy
  • Breach of contract
  • Protection of employer trade secrets & confidential information
  • Executive compensation models & agreements
  • Workplace privacy
  • Internal investigations & audits
  • Employee discipline
  • Hiring and termination
  • Wage and hour matters
  • Employee benefits
  • Health and safety issues
  • Leaves of absence
  • Development and revision of employee handbooks & personnel policies
  • Training and preventive counseling for employee relations and litigation avoidance

Karen L. Gabler Reviews

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“We truly appreciate working with and learning from Karen. Every experience with Karen is absolutely delightful and memorable. Karen has the ability to make stressful, uncomfortable situations and seminars light-hearted and enjoyable, while encompassing the necessary aspects of each topic. She really has a special gift and we are happy and fortunate to have Karen in our corner.”

Sue Simcox, Director of Human Resources
Velocity Mortgage Capital

“I have spent many hours in a chair listening to various presentations on HR subjects in order to stay abreast of events and be current on a variety of topics. Unfortunately, legal seminars that introduce new regulations and case law, although important, are generally a challenging experience. However, in my opinion, not only does Karen usually do an outstanding job, I think she surpassed herself yesterday morning. I have never been exposed to a more comprehensive, clear and enlightening program on legal matters. The sheer breadth that she was able to cover in 90 minutes was remarkable and I felt that I was receiving a personal education on the nuances and requirements of a host of new HR related legal concerns that will impact the employers that I counsel.”

Mike Salisbury, Principal
Human Resource Alliance (HRA)

“An undisputed expert in California employment law, Karen has been advising our company on HR matters ranging from the complex to the mundane for the past eight years. She is smart, creative and fun to work with.”

Andrea Gleysteen, Director of Human Resources
The David Allen Company

"What we loved most about you, Karen, was the manner in which you guided us: always attentive, going so far as to answer emails in the middle of the night when we found the time to write them; visiting our offices to help us prepare employment agreements with very short notice, and responding to our concerns with a calm professional (and great sense of humor!) that always managed to alleviate our inevitable fear of the unknown risks we might have been incurring without our knowledge. Your breakfast education sessions were always informative, and when we could actually drag ourselves out of bed after a long night’s work, we thoroughly enjoyed the presentations and walked away with renewed confidence that we were in good hands with your counsel! You have become a friend as well as a trusted legal representative, Karen. I will forever be grateful to you, and hope to continue what has been a ten year long relationship into the next decade!"

Jan Allen
CEO, Journey’s End Relocation, Inc.

“Karen Gabler’s an attorney who’s just about the last person I’d ever want to go up against in a court of law. Not only does she know her stuff, she's the kind of attorney who knows how to pull the chair out from under your argument and leave you stunned, sitting there on the ground in front of the jury with a smile on your face, wondering what just happened to you. Then, with a smile on her own face, she zings your argument a second time with an only slightly sarcastic remark, precisely timed to make the moment stick in the minds of the jury.”

Paul LeGrand
Informed Decision Investigative & Background Information Services

“Karen is an amazing attorney whose depth and breadth of knowledge in the legal field is unsurpassed, and I have been fortunate to work with her on many issues. She is very accurate, extensive and quick to respond with information.”

Cheryl Tabbi, Human Resources
Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura

“Karen and I have worked on opposite sides of several employment law cases. She is a hard-working, knowledgeable, ethical, strong advocate for her clients, and a skilled negotiator. Karen possesses that increasingly rare quality of being a strong advocate while at the same time maintaining open lines of communication and a professional demeanor.”

Linda Gulledge, Esq.
Fisher & Phillips

“Karen is an amazing attorney and human being. Karen cut right to the heart of the situation, provided solid and appropriate expert advice, guidance and solutions. Karen took the time to fully understand the situation and explored all options and paths with us. Karen made the process easy and enlightening. We learned so much, and knew we were in the best hands possible.”

Dee Levy, Area Manager
Barrett Business Services, Inc.

“Karen is outstanding to help employers avoid the situations that lead to litigation. As important, should a litigation or potential litigation situation arise, she has the skill and tenacity to make sure that her clients come out with the best possible result.”

Doug Schreiber, Esq.
Anker, Hymes & Schreiber, LLP

“Karen has provided me with both legal counsel and training for my employees in my capacity as HR Manager with TWIW Insurance, and on both fronts she has been responsive, informative and my employees gave her very high marks for keeping the training she gave engaging and interesting.”

Katherine Amoroso, Human Resources
TWIW Insurance

“Through the years, we have garnered much respect for Karen because the advice she has provided has been focused and correct. Karen has a high degree of expertise with employment law and that is why I find her as my most trusted advisor.”

Karen Bolyard, Controller
Smith Precision Products

“On our recommendation, Karen has worked with many of our clients. Karen is knowledgeable, experienced, and tough as nails when the situation calls for it.”

J. Patrick Carroll, Managing Partner
TCIG/The Carroll Insurance Group

“Karen has the uncanny ability to get to the center of an issue and give the most appropriate advice to resolve a dispute or a legal conundrum. Furthermore, she advises not bombastically, but methodically, reasonably, and convincingly in order to reach the most equitable conclusion.”

Harry VanDyck, CPA
Century Accounting & Tax Solutions

“Karen is a top-notch attorney who helped us through some major issues with our business. She has always been very successful at utilizing our time to the most efficient ends and we would trust her with any future issues that may come up. She is very professional and has always exhibited the highest integrity.”

Richard Storrs, President
Storrs Media, Inc.

“Karen has my highest recommendation. She is always extremely easy to work with and provides excellent guidance. She is very knowledgeable in her field of practice.”

Travis Mack, President/CEO
Saalex Solutions, Inc.

“Karen is a fantastic attorney and is very knowledgeable on employment law. She is a wonderful speaker as well, and I've had the privilege of hearing her present more than once. I have referred her to family members who are key decision makers in their companies. They have raved about Karen and the expert advice she provided.”

Doug Ridley, Esq.
The Law Offices of Douglas H. Ridley

“As a benefits consultant, I have found Karen to be an invaluable resource for me, not to mention her expertise in advising my clients on how to protect their businesses from litigation. There are way too many businesses that are operating without the proper guidance and I would never hesitate to recommend her services. She has the ability to make clients feel at ease while still being firm on what they are lacking and how to fix their issues.”

Charles Rosen, Past President
California Association of Health Underwriters

“Karen was easy to work with and explained the laws and what we needed to do in terms that we could understand. She helped us to implement new policies and has kept us up to date on all issues that relate to us. I recommend her highly.”

Susan De Arcos, CFO
Channel Islands Roofing, Inc.

“As an HR Director, I have relied on Karen’s extensive knowledge in employment law numerous times and value not only the attorney-client relationship but her friendship as well.”

Sue Warren
DCOR, LLC

“I have, on several occasions, recommended Karen's services to my clients. At the point at which Karen is needed, there is often some high emotion surrounding the issue. Karen has the ability to instill a level of calmness in the client because she exudes (rightfully) great confidence in her abilities. While Karen's competence is a given, she also has an innate sense as to how best to relate to each client to make them feel comfortable.”

Sally Phillips, Senior HR Consultant
Legal & HR Strategies

“Karen has done an excellent job in helping us develop our employee handbook, office policies/procedures, and as well as navigating through various employee/employment issues that come up from time to time. Her knowledge in employment law is amazing. I would highly recommend retaining Karen for her input, advice, and guidance whether you have one employee or hundreds of employees.”

Steve Little
State Farm Insurance

“Karen is more than a great attorney—she's a really bright business consultant. If you company ever has an employment issue she's ferocious in her legal work, but more importantly, her proactive consulting will go a long way at keeping your company out of trouble in the first place!”

Brian Hemsworth, President
Newman Grace, Inc.

“Karen has been a godsend to our company and our family. Karen's team is very hardworking and has always come up with positive results. I consider Karen a friend.”

Nicolas Montaño, Owner
Los Toros Mexican Restaurant

“Karen assisted me in a large aerospace manufacturing company to resolve a complex wage and hour class action. She is professional yet personable and extremely calm in the face of adversity. Her knowledge and experience truly made a difference. I appreciate her accessibility: she responds immediately to e-mails and phone calls, sometimes at odd hours of the day and night. I always felt that I had a great partner in my corner when working with Karen!”

Kay Diamond, SPHR
California HR Rescue, a division of TalentWealth

“Karen Gabler is a very compassionate and professional in a field that demands such traits. We've worked together on several client engagements and I've witnessed her providing effective advisory and support to business executives in a technically sound, strategic and tactical manner. I would recommend Karen to business executives seeking hands-on employment law, both event-driven and long-term relationship oriented.”

Bob Green, Partner
SingerLewak, LLP

“Karen Gabler provides excellent legal services and she is a complete professional in everything she does. We have hired her as our legal counsel and she is very diligent in watching out for our best interest in all aspects of our business. We rely on her expertise in the human resources area and also contract negotiations. We could not ask for a better lawyer to work with as she is very personable and makes legal issues much easier to deal with.”

Leigh Nixon, President/CEO
Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce

“Employment law, especially here in California, is extremely complex. I've relied on Karen for years to not only provide sound legal advice, but to also fully understand the business side of the issues and the challenges employers face. Karen is the business partner you want on your side.”

Lois Coburn, SPHR
Director, Human Resources
PureTek Corporation