Karina R. Stanhope

Karina R. Stanhope


Karina R. Stanhope


Passionate and detail-oriented, Karina Stanhope works tirelessly to achieve great results for her clients.

Karina assists clients with a diverse array of litigation-related services, and has experience assisting clients in a wide-range of matters, including cases involving breach of contract and fraud, and trusts and estates disputes.  By employing an attentive, results-based strategy, and implementing both legal and non-legal solutions, Karina is able to secure successful and cost-effective results for her clients.


Representative General Civil Litigation Experience

  • Drafted and edited Complaint alleging fraud, breach of contract, rescission, unjust enrichment, and financial elder abuse to contest title after reverse-mortgage loan servicer brought unlawful detainer action against elderly client, alleging it had a right to foreclose on the property.     
  • Researched and analyzed issue of whether private plaintiffs, whose case is consolidated with a state entity, have an obligation to post a bond to stay execution of a judgment for costs that they appealed; developed succinct memorandum summarizing findings and providing guidance on how best to require such a bond. 
  • Experienced with contentious discovery and all aspects of law and motion practice, including Ex Parte Motions to Quash, Motions to Continue, Motions to Consolidate, Motions to Compel, Subpoenas, etc.  
  • Primary attorney responsible for standby guardianship matter for the Duke Law Health Justice Clinic; work included client interviews, preparation of required paperwork and briefing, and arguing standby guardianship claim at hearing, resulting in a favorable judgment for client.

Representative Trust and Estate Litigation Experience

  • Conducted in-depth legal research and analysis used to advise client concerning whether and how attorneys’ litigation fees and costs incurred to defend the integrity of a trust could be obtained; whether, by virtue of filing a notice of appeal, the judgment granting a gift of trust assets was stayed; and, whether appellants had to post a bond before an appeal of the judgment could move forward. 
  • Drafted concise memorandum used to develop mediation brief addressing whether a holographic document written, signed, and dated by the settlor was either an amendment to the trust or a holographic will, and whether potential beneficiary was thereafter barred by the statute of limitations from bringing an action challenging the validity of the trust.   
  • Drafted and aided in execution of several Wills and Powers of Attorney for terminally ill and elderly clients for the Duke Law Health Justice Clinic.

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Member, Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Judge Christopher Krueger, Superior Court of California, Sacramento County, Probate Division, Summer 2014 
  • Research Editor, Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy, 2014-2015
  • Article Editor, Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum, 2014-2015
  • Staff Editor, Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy, 2013-2014
  • Staff Editor, Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum, 2013-2014
  • Law Student Advocate, Duke Law Health Justice Clinic, 2014
  • Advocate, Durham County Guardian ad Litem, 2012-2014
  • Intern, AmeriCorps: Capitol Region JusticeCorps, 2010-2011

Honors And Rankings

  • Dean’s Scholarship, Duke University School of Law
  • Dean’s List, University of California, Davis
  • Political Science Department Award, University of California, Davis
  • Golden Key Honors Society
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars

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