Senior Attorney

Orange County Criminal Lawyer Karren Kenney has spent her entire legal career litigating cases throughout Southern California. As a former Senior Deputy Public Defender at the Orange County Public Defender’s Officer, she became one of the best criminal lawyers in Orange County. Ms. Kenney has tried over 70 criminal jury trials at the state and federal level. Her litigation experience includes numerous aggravated white collar crime cases involving healthcare fraud, investment fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, securities fraud, insurance fraud, real estate fraud, worker’s compensation fraud and embezzlement. In addition to litigating fraud cases, Ms. Kenney has also tried cases ranging from misdemeanor offenses to RICO charges, conspiracy, drug crimes, gang crimes, weapons crimes, and even murder. For more than 20 years, Criminal Lawyer Karren Kenney has been practicing law in Orange County where her local knowledge of the courts and procedures has proven priceless to her clients innumerable times. She spent the first 6 years of her legal career as a civil litigation attorney in Orange County, handling receivership matters, medical malpractice defense cases, and foreclosure litigation. After transitioning into criminal trial work she has defended thousands of cases throughout all stages of criminal prosecution, and welcomes the opportunity to go to trial. In addition to being a criminal lawyer, Ms. Kenney is a Certified Fraud Specialist. In 2014 , Attorney Kenney was certified by the Association of Certified Fraud Specialists, and assists other attorneys with complex fraud related matters. Prior to becoming a successful trial attorney, Ms. Kenney had the privilege of performing as an NFL cheerleader during and after law school for the San Diego Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams. The performance and public appearance skills obtained during her NFL cheerleading career have been a cornerstone in her relational skills to jurors during the jury trial process.

Bar Admissions

  • 1994 State Bar of California


Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA
Juris Doctor - 1994
Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
B.A.-Political Science - 1990

Career Highlights

  • Certified Fraud Specialist - Association of Certified Fraud Specialists - 2013
  • Top contributor - - 2012
  • Recognition for 10 years of service - Orange County Public Defender - 2011
  • Recognition for 5 years of service - Orange County Public Defender - 2006
  • Attorney of the Year - Orange County Public Defender - 2003


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