For more than 50 brownfield redevelopments, remediation sites, and landfills in Southern California, Karen provided design and consulting services. Her professional practice focuses on site assessment of groundwater, soil, and soil vapor conditions; engineering design for remediation systems; environmental permitting for remediation projects; construction, construction management, and quality assurance of remediation systems; remediation system operations and maintenance issues; and expert consultation in support of litigation.
As a consultant, Karen's site assessment and remediation work has included volatile organic compounds (VOCs); polychlorinated bi-phenyls (PCBs); metals, including hexavalent chromium; petroleum hydrocarbons and fuel oxygenates such as MtBE and TBA; and emerging compounds such as 1,4-dioxane, perchlorate, and NDMA. She relies on her extensive project management experience involving state and federal Superfund programs, state voluntary cleanup programs, and technical interactions with state and local regulators to develop site assessment and remediation strategies that are compliant with regulations while meeting the clients' financial and strategic objectives.
To advance the state of the practice, Karen serves as leadership with various industry organizations, including the Environmental Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association where she served for several years as a member of the Executive Committee. In addition, Karen been an invited lecturer on the topic of brownfield redevelopment by the California Center for Land Recycling at their seminar entitled "Creating Vibrant Communities: Redeveloping California's Brownfields."