The leader in workers’ compensation defense law.

Counseling employers and insurance carriers throughout California.

Career Basics

Karly started her workers' compensation career as a workers' compensation secretary at a private defense firm out of college. Since that time, she has worked as a Law Clerk, Paralegal, and Hearing representative in the industry. She joined Mullen & Filippi in 2015 as an Associate Attorney, became an Associate Partner in 2018, and most recently, the Associate Managing Partner of the Orange Office in July of 2019.


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 always say that I "fell into workers' compensation" in 2008 when the economy tanked. The truth is, I have worked in the work comp industry for most of my adult life. I was a Legal Secretary out of college, a Paralegal and Hearing Rep during law school, and an attorney after law school. I was fortunate enough to be brought on by Mullen & Filippi four years ago and have enjoyed working in the Orange County area since that time.

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.