42600 Caroline Court
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Caring For Clients While Pursuing Justice

Karen Sloat has practiced law for over 30 years in California, Colorado and Hawaii and is known as a lawyer who strives for integrity and excellence. Ms. Sloat’s law practice is varied. Her focus is on employment law, mainly representing employers and managers; transactions and contracts; and litigation in a number of areas and venues throughout Southern California. We know that you have a choice of lawyers to perform services for you or your business. Ms. Sloat’s goal matches her slogan, “Caring For Clients While Pursuing Justice.” She is perceptive and practical about how disputes or transactions affect your business relationships and assets. When you bring Ms. Sloat your problems or desires, she will advise you of creative, practical options and solutions, as well as the expected future costs.

Contact Law Office of Karen J. Sloat today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Employment Law
  • Transactions/Contracts
  • Non-Profit Corporate Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Mediation And Arbitration

Ms. Sloat is known as a zealous and wise advocate with a reasonable approach to negotiations, but also as a formidable opponent in litigation. Ms. Sloat advises clients pragmatically, from the perspective of her broad legal experience. Transactions are documented clearly, to anticipate and avoid potential disputes. She is also a certified and experienced mediator who has conducted mediations to resolve disputes on a variety of legal issues. Call Law Office of Karen J. Sloat today at 760-779-1313 to arrange your consultation.

Attorney Karen J. Sloat

Karen J. Sloat is an AV-Rated (Preeminent) attorney with over 30 years of experience in various types of law, and in three states (California, Colorado, and Hawaii). Ms. Sloat’s current law practice in Indian Wells, California focuses on labor and employment law; transactions and contracts; and litigation in a number of areas and venues. Ms. Sloat represents a variety of clients, including for profit and non-profit businesses and individuals.


  • Legal Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA
    • 1987, Juris Doctor
  • Undergraduate College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
    • 1980, Bachelor of Arts, Theatre Arts

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Admitted, California Supreme Court/State Bar of California 1987
  • Admitted, Colorado Supreme Court/State Bar of Colorado 1994
  • Admitted, Hawaii Supreme Court/Hawaii State Bar 1989
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court, C.D. California 1988
  • President, Desert Bar Association 2016-2017
  • Trustee, Desert Bar Association 2008-Present
  • Member, Warren Slaughter-Richard Roemer Inn of Court 2007-Present
  • Member, Bench-Bar Coalition of the State Bar of California 2015-2016
  • Co-Founder, Coachella Valley Women Lawyers
  • Member, California State Bar/Labor and Employment Section
  • Member, Desert Communities Employer Advisory Council
  • Member, Indio, CA Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Palm Desert, CA Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Rancho Mirage, CA Chamber of Commerce
  • AV Preeminent Attorney (Highest Possible Peer-Review Rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards) by LEXIS NEXIS Martindale-Hubbell (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Top Lawyer – as recognized by Palm Springs Life magazine – 2012-2016
  • “Superb 10.0” – highest AVVO.com attorney rating
  • Southern California’s Top Rated Lawyers – 2015 by the Los Angeles Times
  • Listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers 2009-Present

“Karen supported me through a time that was uncomfortable for my family and me, guided me through a situation in which I was inexperienced and kept me well informed and included me in every step of the process. I knew what to expect going into all meetings and negotiations with the opponent due to Karen’s knowledge and experience. I trust Karen immensely and I’m grateful for her service which resulted in an outcome much greater than original settlement offers and my expectations.”

– Daniel H., former Restaurant General Manager

“I have the deepest appreciation for Karen. Throughout her work with our organization over the last 7 years she has guided and protected us on so many levels. As a small non- profit yet multi-faceted organization, we have encountered a wide range of challenges during our growth ranging from personnel to real estate development. Aside from the obstacles presented by others, Karen has provided us with the necessary tools to operate smartly as a business. Additionally, Karen has included our staff in various training and informational seminars that have ensured that our organization is up to date in changing legal issues. As our legal counsel, Karen is best described as an ‘iron fist wrapped in a velvet glove with the patience of a saint’.”

– Jeff H., former Executive Director of a Non-Profit Entity

“Karen Sloat has been my advocate twice. The first time was a very unpleasant litigation and she won the case. The second was negotiating legal documents with a large corporation where my intellectual property and livelihood was at stake in a merger/acquisition. Large corporate lawyers and prosecuting attorneys can be so intimidating, but Karen was always building my confidence in my ability to take a stand and assuring me to not worry. I was able to sleep at night knowing that Karen was my defense. I don’t know what I would have done without her. She is my ‘forever attorney.’ If you want a knowledgeable AND compassionate attorney – you want Karen.”

– Dr. Wendy F., Executive and Business Owner

“I am on the board of a nonprofit charity in Indio and recently we had a potential HR problem that could affect the entire board. Karen Sloat was recommended as an attorney who specializes in nonprofits and HR issues. Ms. Sloat was very responsive and met with members of the executive committee in a very timely manner. She listened to our concerns, understood them and then put forth a number of options, the consequences of following each option and what she would recommend. We decided that Ms. Sloat’s recommendations were the best and followed her advice, which proved to be correct. She followed up and made herself available for any additional questions or concerns we might have. This greatly relieved the anxiety of the board and we all felt that we were in competent hands going forward. We couldn’t be happier with her representing us. Thank you Ms. Sloat.”

– Bill D., Board Chair of a Non-Profit Employer

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