Diplomatic but formidable advocate for her clients

Karen Gjerdrum Fothergill is a principal in Andre, Morris & Buttery’s Business and Real Estate Transactions Practice Group, concentrating in mergers & acquisitions, real property transactions, agriculture and business law. Karen was born and raised in Santa Maria, California. In 1998, Karen received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies with a minor in International Economics from Vassar College and in 2005 received her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law. While attending Wake Forest, Karen was the Editor of the Wake Forest Moot Court Problem Book and served as a member of the Executive Board of the Moot Court. In September 2005, Karen returned home to Santa Maria to start her legal career. Andre, Morris & Buttery named her a principal of the firm in January 2014.

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Karen is admitted to practice in all of the courts of the State of California, the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of the Northern Santa Barbara County Bar Association, a member of the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.  She is rated AV preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer rating given to attorneys based on legal ability and ethical standards.

Karen’s practice includes:

  • Business formation and operations
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Complex real estate transactions

Karen takes pride in serving in her hometown community of Santa Maria. She is a member, an honorary board member, and former officer of the North County Rape Crisis & Child Protection Center, and a member of the Women’s Fund.