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Career Basics

Karly Tambara started her workers' compensation career, as a workers' compensation secretary at a private defense firm. This prompted her to attend law school, where she clerked and was a paralegal at Liberty Mutual Group's in-house counsel before being hired as an attorney. Karly worked in-house for 4 years before working as a workers' compensation defense attorney at a large California firm. She switched to applicant's side for less than a year before returning to defense work at Mullen & Filippi in 2015.


Karly Tambara obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. She later pursued a Master of Arts degree in Sports Management at California State University, Long Beach and graduated Summa Cum Laude for her graduating Masters Program class in 2005. Karly obtained her law degree from Western State University College of law in 2008.

Professional Membership

Karly is a member of the State Bar of California and the Orange County Bar Association. She was previously a member of the Los Angeles Bar Association in the Entertainment Law Section.

Personal Note

I was drawn to the practice of law after I read Les Miserables. When I realized that not all "criminals" commit crimes with ill intent, like Jean Valjean stealing to feed his starving sister's children, I realized that law was not as black and white as we are made to believe. I became fascinated by the art of crafting arguments based on varying interpretations of the law and the subjective reasoning for why people don't always follow the law. And now, even though workers' compensation's Labor Code acts more as just guidelines than the laws of say, civil procedure, it still intrigues me to hear the various arguments that attorneys come up with for some rule that seems so basic on its face.

One of the oddest statements I make is that, "Hockey is beautiful." I know, it's odd, but I will stand by that until I am blue in the face. The way that the players move about the ice so effortlessly with and without the puck, it's like an art form. If you think about it, it's male figure skating with sticks, strategies, and, every now and then, a bit of rough housing. Hockey is the best...well, hockey and football. Come fall, I turn into a Sunday through Saturday couch potato with college, the NFL, and hockey on tv at all hours.