CalChamber Policy Staff: Karen Sarkissian
Karen Sarkissian joined the California Chamber of Commerce in July 2016 as a policy advocate on health care and education issues.
She was an associate and then partner at Poswall, White & Cutler of Sacramento (a nationally recognized firm of successful trial attorneys) for more than 12 years. She litigated and resolved cases ranging from medical, dental and legal malpractice, to premises liability, employment law, automobile accidents, elder abuse, sexual abuse and civil rights. Sarkissian and a colleague tried and won the first expedited jury trial in Sacramento County in March 2011.
Fluent in Armenian, Sarkissian was commissioned by the Sacramento Superior Court to translate thousands of legal words, phrases, terms and statutes for the English/Armenian Legal Glossary published by the court in 2005. In addition to being used in California, the glossary is in use in Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Hawaii and Colorado.
Sarkissian holds dual B.A.s in political science and rhetoric and communication from the University of California, Davis. She earned her J.D. from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, where she was an author and editor of the McGeorge Law Review. While at McGeorge, she received the Witkin Award of Academic Excellence in Government Lawyering.