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Admitted to Practice

  • California, 2004
  • Supreme Court of California, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2005

Karen A. Henry


Litigating in state and federal court, Karen maintains a broad and diverse practice, focusing primarily on media, IP, and entertainment law. In her practice, she defends clients in a range of matters, including copyright, trademark, right-of-publicity, theft of ideas, defamation, and invasion of privacy litigation. She also has extensive expertise in defending news organizations against subpoenas, in gaining access to court proceedings and records, in defending clients in business disputes against claims for breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition and other business torts, and in representing newspapers in adjudication proceedings.

Representative Experience

Brown v. Electronic Arts

Defended Electronic Arts Inc. in the district court and the 9th Circuit against former NFL star Jim Brown’s Lanham and right-of-publicity claims, which arise from Electronic Arts’ alleged use of the former Cleveland Browns great’s likeness in its Madden NFL video game. The district court granted Electronic Arts’ motion to dismiss Brown’s Lanham Act claim, finding that the use was protected by the First Amendment. Brown appealed, and the 9th Circuit affirmed. (9th Cir. 2013)

Krabbe v. Discovery Communications

Representation of Discovery Communications in a lawsuit arising from successful television docu-series, "Weed Wars." (L.A. Sup. Ct. 2013)

Collier v. Black Entertainment Television, et al.

Defended BET and Film Garden Entertainment in a copyright-infringement action arising from the use of plaintiff’s fashion photographs in a reality-television series. The case was resolved days after BET and Film Garden filed their motion for summary judgment. (C.D. Cal. 2012)

Lindgren v. Microsoft

Successfully defended Microsoft against right-of-publicity, false light, and unfair competition claims arising from's article that used plaintiff’s likeness without his permission. The court granted Microsoft’s SLAPP motion, finding that’s conduct was protected under California’s SLAPP statute and that plaintiff could not show a probability of prevailing on any of his claims. (Cal. Super. Ct. 2012)

Genuine Entertainment, Inc. v. Seagal, et al.

Representation of A&E Television Networks, LLC, actor Steven Seagal, ICM, and other defendants in a lawsuit arising from AETN's successful television docu-series, "Steven Seagal: Lawman." (L.A. Sup. Ct. 2011)

Dane v. Gawker Media

Defended Gawker Media in a copyright-infringement lawsuit filed by actors Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart, based on's publication of a news item that included a clip from a videotape showing the couple and another woman naked. In December 2009, the district court granted Gawker's motion to strike plaintiffs' claims for statutory damages and attorneys' fees. Case subsequently was resolved. (C.D. Cal. 2010)

Mete v. Showtime Networks

Successfully defended Showtime Networks against idea-submission lawsuit filed by woman who pitched idea for online reality program. Court sustained Showtime's demurrer to complaint without leave to amend, and entered judgment in favor of Showtime. Plaintiff dismissed her appeal voluntarily. (Cal. Super. Ct., Cal Ct. App. 2010)

Rooke v. MTV Networks

Successfully defended MTV Networks in an invasion of privacy, trespass, and negligence lawsuit arising from the production and broadcast of the popular reality television series "The Hills." MTV moved to strike the plaintiff-homeowner's claims under California's SLAPP statute. After the court dismissed the privacy and trespass claims the homeowner voluntarily dismissed all of his claims against MTV to avoid liability for MTV's attorneys' fees. (Cal. Super. Ct. 2010)

Board of Trustees of California v. Superior Court

Represented The Copley Press, publisher of the San Diego Union-Tribune, in a Public Records Act lawsuit against San Diego State University. The courts ordered the university to release several documents, and awarded the newspaper its attorneys' fees and costs. 132 Cal. App. 4th 889 (Cal. Super. Ct., Cal. ct. App. 2005)

People v. Dorner

Represented The Press-Enterprise and The Los Angeles Times in obtaining the release of previously sealed arrest records in the criminal action filed by the Riverside District Attorney's Office against Christopher Dorner, a former LAPD officer and ex-US Naval Reservist accused of killing four people. (Cal. Ct. 2013)

Additional Qualifications

  • Courtroom Clerk, East Los Angeles Municipal Court, Alhambra Superior Court and Pasadena Superior Court, 1993-2003
  • Supervisor, Traffic, Criminal and Civil/Small Claims Departments, East Los Angeles Municipal Court, 1991-1993

Professional & Community Activities

  • Planning Committee, Fresh Start Expungement Clinic, sponsored by Crossroads UMC and Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, 2015-present
  • Co-chair, eNewsletter Committee, California Minority Counsel Program, 2016
  • Member, eNewsletter Committee, California Minority Counsel Program, 2015
  • Adjunct Professor at Southwestern Law School, teaching "Communication Tools for the New Lawyer"
  • Mentor, Dorsey High School Mentor Program, 2013
  • Legal Advisory Committee Member, Jenesse Center, Inc., 2011-2013
  • Judge, 2013 Moot Court Intramural Competition, Southwestern School of Law, 2013
  • Member, Governing Committee, ABA Forum on Communications Law, Current
  • Co-chairperson, ABA Forum on Communications Law Moot Court Competition, Current
  • Planning Committee, ABA Forum on Communications Law Moot Court Competition, 2008-2013
  • Advisory Committee Member, National Student Press Law Center, 2009 
  • Luminary Circle Member, Step Up Women’s Network, 2011-2012 
  • Member, Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Current 
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Current

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "Southern California Rising Stars," in First Amendment/Media/Advertising, General Litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2014
  • Recipient, Champion of Justice Award, Jenesse Center, 2013
  • Recipient, Volunteer of the Year Award for Early Care and Education Law Project, Public Counsel, 2008
  • Recipient, Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, California State Bar, 2006
  • Nominee, Pro Bono Excellence Award, Davis Wright Tremaine, 2005