Karen C. Stafford

Representative Experience

Karen Stafford’s practice is primarily focused on insurance coverage, insurance bad faith litigation, general commercial litigation and appellate law.  Ms. Stafford advises clients on a wide range of complex insurance issues, including first party property claims, third party liability claims, and bad faith actions.  Ms. Stafford has experience in all aspects of civil litigation and trial preparation.

Ms. Stafford is a graduate of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where she served as both a staff writer and research editor of the Arizona State University Law Journal and participated in the leadership of various pro bono organizations.  Ms. Stafford has also served as an adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Associations & Activities

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2013

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, District of Arizona
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Arizona State University (J.D., 2011)

Arizona State Law Journal, Research Editor

2011 Dean’s Award

Outstanding Pro Bono Leader Award

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, President

Civil Justice Clinic

Consumer Advocacy and Protection Program

Women’s Law Student Association

American Bar Association, Law Student Division


  • Ottawa University, Phoenix, AZ. (M.A., 2006)
  • Northern Arizona University (B.S., magna cum laude, 1997)

Judicial Clerkships

  • Arizona Court of Appeals, Honorable Donn Kessler, 2012-2013

Representative Matters

  • DiPasquale v. DiPasquale, No. 1 CA-CV 16-0356 FC, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, September 7, 2017
  • Moran v. Moran, No. 1 CA-CV 16-0686 FC, Arizona Court of Appeals, Divison One, November 14, 2017
  • Velazquez v. Logan, et al., No. 16-15485, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, January 4, 2018

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