Anonymous comments collected through interviews by James Publishing and printed in “California Courts and Judges”:
“He may be one of the best sitting judges in terms of conducting settlement conferences that I have encountered in 35 years. He is thoughtful, thorough and analytical. He presses you in an appropriate way to better understand your case. And he underscores the strengths and the weaknesses of the cases.”
“If the case was settlable, he would get it there. He recognized, real quickly, which cases could not be resolved, and he would not make us sit around for hours.”
“I was astounded at how well-prepared he was, despite the fact that he was handling multiple settlement conferences a day.”
“He seems to have a tremendous capacity for understanding, in my case, complex medical malpractice issues. It has been one of the great privileges to go to settlement conferences in his court. I give him a very, very solid thumbs up.”
“Judge Long has the ability to take the edge off of a case where people are very upset. Every time you go in he has a joke, and he puts people at ease very early. He’s remembers what it’s like to be a lawyer. He also is always prepared. You can confess to what you think the weaknesses are in your own position and be comfortable that he’s not going to run to the other side and share that with them. ”
– Michael W. Case of Ferguson, Case, Orr – Ventura, CA (Los Angeles Daily Journal Judicial Profile, November 13, 2007)
“Judge Long combines an encyclopedic knowledge of the law with sound judgment. This is not just some glad-hander. His practical wisdom is something that does clients a lot of good. He has not changed at all. He is as modest, humble, pleasant and regular a guy now as he was when he was an attorney. I have never met a lawyer who didn’t enjoy being in his courtroom and that’s win, lose or draw. ”
– David B. Shapiro of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith – Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Daily Journal Judicial Profile, November 13, 2007)
“He’s just got this phenomenal ability to read a case and boil it down to the key issues in short order and help the parties come together…Often times, if we can’t settle it on the spot, we end up settling it later because of his intervention.”
– Suzanne Van Doren, State Farm Insurance Company Claims, Westlake Village, CA (Los Angeles Daily Journal Judicial Profile, November 13, 2007)
“He’s ‘seamless’. He is consistently the same way with everybody. He knows when to put the pressure on and knows when to ease off the throttle. He knows when there’s a chance of getting something done and when there isn’t. He’s the complete package as a judge. He’s smart, he’s experienced, he’s respected, he’s efficient and he’s effective. And, I might add, he’s a very nice man.”
– Bruce A. Broillet of Greene Broillet Taylor, Santa Monica, CA (Los Angeles Daily Journal Judicial Profile, November 13, 2007)
Client testimonials for 30-year Attorney Mediator David M. Karen, Esq.
David Karen is a fully trained, completely professional mediator. In my experience he is the best mediator that I have encountered in California.
~ Palos Verdes Product Liability Trial Counsel
David was very adept & persistent. He continued to assist the parties in reaching a settlement beyond the initial mediation.
~ Mark O. Hiepler, Esq.
David, you did an excellent job. I was very impressed. Thanks again.
~ David Shain, Esq.
Settled a complex and difficult case to resolve. Well done!
~ Alan Templeman, Esq.
Thanks for your help.
~ Paul S. Passovoy, Esq.
Mediator was well prepared and handled the matter very efficiently resulting in settlement.
~ Terrence J. Bonham, Esq.
David Karen is an excellent mediator. He was fair and was able to resolve the matter equitably and it was not an easy case to resolve.
~ Robin Paley, Esq.
Appreciated the extra effert put forth to bring [the] matter to [a] reasonable and amicable conclusion.
~ Grace Vargas, Adjuster
It was a pleasure having you be able to assist in bringing about a successful conclusion given the dynamics you faced in the other room. Your professionalism and dedication was most appreciated. I will certainly keep you at the top of my list for future mediations. Thanks again. Take care.
~ Alan Berg, Esq.