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Karen, James P.
2727 North Harwood Street Dallas, TX
Phone: 1.214.969.5027 (Business Phone)
Fax: 1.214.969.5100 (Business Fax)


Current Employment Position(s)


Lawyer Overview

Jim Karen's practice encompasses the full range of general litigation matters, with particular emphasis in the areas of complex corporate and commercial litigation and class actions. He also serves as the litigation practice coordinator in the Dallas Office.

Jim has handled a variety of disputes for major corporations, including IBM, Trammell Crow Company, Frito-Lay, PepsiCo, Texas Instruments, Yum! Brands, The Stanley Works, USAA, Airlines Reporting Corporation, KFC, Pizza Hut, Bridgestone/Firestone, Xerox, EDS,, Expedia, Hotwire, and Alderwoods Group, among other companies. These disputes have involved corporate governance, antitrust, securities, real estate, trademark and intellectual property, banking, regulatory, toxic tort, insurance coverage, construction, and other issues.

Jim primarily handles nationwide multidistrict litigation and class actions. He is currently lead counsel for Expedia and its sister brands in class action lawsuits around the country relating to the "merchant model" currently utilized by the online travel industry. He also represents Bridgestone/Firestone in a putative nationwide class action lawsuit relating to shop supplies charges. In 2007-2008, Jim was lead counsel for a large publicly traded company in pursuing claims related to its acquisition of a leading provider of human resources products and services. Following a three-week arbitration, Jones Day's client secured a judgment of more than $57.5 million. Jim also recently completed the representation of the same company by securing the dismissal of some 20 putative class action lawsuits seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages that had been consolidated in federal district court in Washington, D.C. The order dismissing all claims has been affirmed by the D.C. Circuit.

Jim has significant experience in jury and bench trials, injunction matters, and arbitrations. He has tried numerous lawsuits and arbitrations throughout the United States, including approximately 15 jury trials and more than 30 bench trials and arbitrations. In addition, he has handled preliminary injunction hearings, class certification hearings, and state and federal appellate arguments.

Areas of Practice

  • Trial Practice
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Construction Litigation
  • Construction

Representative Cases

  • 4601 Forbes Boulevard, LLC, et al. v. Westbrook Real Estate Partners, L.L.C., et al., Civil Case No. CAL02-14032
  • Anatole Partners v. Beran & Shelmire, et al. v. Orion Construction, Inc, et al. v. Deer Construction Company, Case No. 90-7052
  • Angel v. Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P., No. 07-CV-0462-CVE-FHM, 2008 WL 2673353 (N.D. Okla., June 27, 2008)
  • Borden, Inc. v. Homeland Stores, Inc., Civil Action No. 2:94-CV-295
  • Clarent Hospital Corporation v. Health Management Associates, Inc., Civil Action No. 03:C-09-RRC
  • Dean Enterprises, Ltd., et al. v. Medhost, Inc., Case No. 03-CV-283, Jeffrey Cooley, et al. v. Medhost, Inc., Civil Action No. 3:03-CV-7222
  • Dial Thru International v. The Southland Corporation, Cause No. 04-00170
  • Donatos Pizza, Inc. v. Pizza Hut, Inc., Civil Action No. C2-97-1148
  • Frito-Lay, Inc. v. Canusa, Cause No. W/C/60/00, Civil Action No. 3:00-CV-1966-X
  • Golden Franchising Corp. v. KFC Corporation, Civil Action No. 3:93-CV-1901-T (N.D. Tex 1993)
  • Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc. v. AEP Texas Central Company, et al., Cause No. 04-06040
  • In re Electronic Data Systems Corporation Derivative Litigation, No. 461-02147-02 (Collin County, Texas), Nos. 6:04-CV-77, 6:04-CV-464, and 6:04-CV-466 (E.D. Tex.)
  • In re Electronic Data Systems Corporation Securities Litigation, No. 6:03-CV-1512 (E.D. Tex.)
  • In re KS Management Services, L.L.P., et al. v. Caremark Rx, Inc., et al., Case No. 71 193 00096 00
  • In re Loewen Group International, Inc., et al. Cornerstone Family Services, Inc. v. Loewen Group International, Inc., et al., Case No. 99-1244 (PJW), et al.
  • In re Online Travel Industry Taxes and Fees Litigation
  • In re Series 7 Broker Qualification Exam Scoring Litigation, No. 06-00355 (D.D.C.)(MDL1772)
  • In re UICI Shareholders Litigation, Consolidated No. 05-09693 (Dist. Ct., Dallas County, Tx), Avril Scott and Alex Pepper v. UICI, et al., Consoldated No. CJ-2005-7731 (Dist. OK)
  • IPHFHA v. Pizza Hut, Inc.
  • KFC Corporation v. Hospitality Restaurants, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. H-03-1233
  • KFC Corporation v. James Miller, Jr., et al., Civil Action No. C-04-1764
  • KFC Take Home of Plymouth, Inc. v. KFC National Management Company, Consolidated Case No. 89-CV-73628-DT and No. 91-CV-71340-DT
  • Longview Snacks, et al. v. Frito-Lay, Inc., et al., Cause No. 21,283
  • Mills Electric Contractors, Inc. v. Vetrotex CertainTeed Corporation v. CRS Sirrine Engineers, Inc., Cause No. 7-93-CV-975-K
  • Morgan's Foods, Inc. v. East Side Mario's Restaurants, Inc. and Pizza Hut, Inc., Civil Action No. 1:98-CV-920
  • Pamela Longueville v. Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc., Cause No. 199-1997-02
  • Papillon Airways, Inc. v. Textron Inc., No. C98-346D
  • Peggy Schoenhofer, et al. v. KFC Corporation, No. 00-CI-02132
  • Peter Kellogg, et al. v. International Business Machines Corporation, Civil Action No. 3:98-CV-1526-G
  • Pizza Hut, Inc. v. Charles Randall White
  • Pizza Hut, Inc. v. Wolverine Pizza, LLC
  • PrimeSource Building Products, Inc. v. The Stanley Works, et al., Civil Action No. 3:01-CV-1714-R
  • Regus Management Group, LLC v. International Business Machines Corporation, Civil Action No. 3:07-CV-1997-B
  • Rooney and Lancaster v. Arctic Group, Inc., Private Arbitration
  • Sabre Inc. v. Airlines Reporting Corporation, Cause No. 02-904
  • The Association of Kentucky Fried Chicken Franchisees, Inc., et al. v. KFC Corporation, Civil Action No. C89-0947-L (DM)
  • The Geiger Group, Inc., et al. v. Texas Instruments, et al., Cause No. 97-05890
  • Tiffany Fairbanks, et al. v. BFS Retail & Commercial Operations, LLC, et al., Cause No. CJ-03-582
  • Trammell Crow Company, et al. v. Joel C. Peterson, et al., Case No. 91-11784
  • Trammell Crow Partners v. J. Donald Childress, Cause No. 91-039020-M
  • Tricon Restaurant Services Group, Inc. v. Jacqueline McCook, Civil Action No. 3:98-CV-2206-P
  • USAA Real Estate Company v. The Haskell Company, Case No. 51 Y 110 00309 98
  • Valtech, S.A. v. Primus Capital Fund IV Limited Partnership, et al, Case No. CV-06-589126
  • Counsel
  • Litigation Arising out of the Bankruptcy of The Loewen Group, Inc.

West Practice Categories

Bankruptcy Litigation, Business & Commercial Law, Class Actions, Collections & Repossessions, Commercial Leasing, Complex Litigation, Consumer Protection, Contracts, Debtor/Creditor, Federal Appellate Practice, Federal Claims Court, Federal Trial Practice, Franchising, International Trade Litigation, International Transactions, Joint Ventures, Lemon Law, Litigation & Appeals, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Military & Veterans Appeals, Multidistrict Litigation, Patent Litigation, Secured Transactions, State Appellate Practice, State Trial Practice, Tax Litigation, Transactions, Uniform Commercial Code, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, US Supreme Court, Warranties


Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas


  • U of Southern California

Published Works

  • Companies Under Seige: Securities Disputes Raise Procedural Dilemmas and Related Issues, Practice Perspectives: Securities and Shareholder Litigation & SEC Enforcement, 2007