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  • Juris Doctor, University of Akron with two years at Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Master of Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary

Karen Lisa Woodley joined the firm in January of 2019. She practices in the areas of family law and criminal law. She has significant experience serving persons in need as both an attorney and a minister.

While a college student, she interned for United States Senator from Arizona, Dennis DeConcini, working to assist both the Indian population of Arizona and veterans. During law school, she interned at the Ohio Attorney General –Environmental Enforcement Division, and for the Honorable Judge Leroy J. Contie, Jr. U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Ms. Woodley also clerked with Young & McDowall Attorneys. She is licensed to practice law in California and Arizona.

She was a disability attorney at Disability Action Advocates in Sacramento, California where she fought to obtain Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability for approximately 1100 disabled individuals.

She then served at the California Department of Social Services where she wrote regulations and policy to protect the rights of individuals who live in community care facilities and need protection from being mistreated. While there, she was also selected to serve on the California Health and Human Services Agency Functional Assessment Service Team serving those with disabilities during disaster relief situations.

During seminary she was a chaplain intern at the University of California at San Diego Medical Center and focused upon serving the homeless, immigrants and burn victims from the 2003 fires. After seminary, she served as a pastor for 12 years with a focus upon preaching, teaching, leading youth, leading mission trips to build homes for the homeless in Mexico, providing Hurricane Katrina disaster relief, and teaching English as a second language.

Her community involvement has included serving on the Board of Directors of the Good Shepherd Clothes Closet. In addition, she served with the Synod of the Pacific as a Mission and Finance Committee Member leading 14 Presbyteries.