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 Trust and Estate Litigation Experience

  • Assisted in representation of surviving spouse in complex federal ERISA litigation against trustee of late-husband’s annuity plans.  Matter resolved favorably via settlement awarding entire amount of annuity plans to client that were wrongfully transferred by trustee to decedent’s ex-spouse.
  • Drafted successful conservatorship petition requesting the temporary conservator be appointed for the person and estate of elderly client. 
  • Successfully drafted, and responded to, several Probate Code sections 850 and 17200 petitions.
  • Experienced with all aspects of contentious trust and estate administration and litigation, including working on behalf of beneficiaries to move trust administration forward expeditiously.
  • Currently assist in the representation of various trust and estate litigation clients, including private fiduciaries, beneficiaries, trustees, and surviving spouses, pertaining to trust administration issues, trust contest actions (e.g., undue influence claims, lack of capacity claims, etc.), breach of trust actions, etc. 

Representative General Litigation Experience

  • Assisted in defense of clients against claims of breach of oral contract relating to attorneys’ fees agreement.  Matter resolved favorably during mandatory settlement conference.
  • Assisted in representation of substance abuse recovery center against county pertaining to use permit dispute.  Matter resolved favorably via settlement prior to trial.  
  • Experienced with substantive dispositive motions, including Motions for Judgment on the Pleadings, Motions for Summary Judgment, Motions for Summary Adjudication, etc.
  • Experienced with contentious discovery and all aspects of general law and motion practice, including drafting and responding to discovery requests, Ex Parte Motions to Quash, Motions to Continue, Motions to Consolidate, Motions to Compel, Subpoenas, etc. 
  • Experienced in complex expert discovery, including noticing and taking expert depositions.   

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

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

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