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Karissa Hurst Freano
Karissa grew up in Ventura County, California and currently lives there with her husband, Brian. Karissa earned her J.D., M.A. in Dispute Resolution, and B.S. in Business Administration and Nonprofit Management from Pepperdine University. During law school, Karissa participated in many competitions as part of the interschool Moot Court team. Karissa was awarded Champion of both the Chicago Bar Association Moot Court Competition as well as the Pepperdine University Vincent S. Dalsimer Moot Court Competition. Upon graduation, she was selected as a member of the Order of the Barristers, an honor society for graduating students who demonstrate outstanding ability in oral advocacy.
Prior to founding Pacific Coast Attorneys, Karissa first worked as an associate attorney in insurance defense for a Fortune 500 company. She has also worked as a Sponsored Programs Officer in University compliance, obtaining and monitoring federal research grants for compliance with sponsor regulations. During law school Karissa served as an anti-human trafficking intern at a nonprofit organization in India, clerked for the major crimes division of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, and spent one summer as a law clerk for the nation’s largest pro bono law firm. Prior to Law School Karissa worked in the non-profit sector as a development coordinator and program fellow.