Karen Leung is an associate in Morrison & Foerster’s Litigation Department. Her practice encompasses a variety of complex legal matters, and she regularly represents public companies and their officers and directors in securities class actions, derivative suits, and M&A/deal litigation.
Karen’s experience includes defending claims arising under the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. She also represents companies, audit committees, and industry participants during internal, governmental, and government-adjacent investigations before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Karen’s enforcement experience spans accounting and disclosure issues, whistleblower claims, and claims arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 (RESPA). Her clients come from a broad range of industries, including technology, education, retail, and financial services.
Karen also has a strong commitment to pro bono work. Karen draws upon her immigration law background to regularly volunteer at immigration clinics around the Bay Area, and represents immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. In addition, she represents a reproductive rights organization in a widely-publicized lawsuit in the Northern District of California.
Prior to joining MoFo, Karen was a paralegal at a business immigration law firm in San Francisco. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and was elected to the Order of the Coif. She was co-chief managing editor of the Asian Pacific American Law Journal and co-volunteer director of El Centro Legal Clinics. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Peace & Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Karen is conversationally fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese. She is admitted to practice in California.Show More