Karin P. Beam received her J.D. with distinction from McGeorge School of Law in 1983. There, she was elected to the Order of the Coif and the Traynor Honor Society, wrote for the Law Review, and edited the legal newspaper.

For more than twenty years, Karin Beam has represented and advised business clients and governmental entities in transaction work, litigation, and at trial, handling wrongful termination, sexual harassment and other employment matters, medical malpractice, real property, real estate, and construction disputes, civil rights claims, personal injury, and complex commercial, trade secret, business cases and probate/trusts.

For many years, Karin has also served Sonoma County as a Small Claims Judge, Superior Court Settlement Conference panelist, and arbitrator. An extensively trained mediator, she has worked as a Hearing Officer for the Sonoma County Board of Realtors, instructed in the law at Sonoma State University, and lectured and presented seminars for lawyers and Northern California business groups alike. Karin brings to the table an ability to quickly discern the central issues underlying a dispute, whether factual, legal, or psychological. Her practical approach to problems and intuitive people skills have combined to help others achieve resolution in the many ADR matters she has handled. Her success rate as a mediator is almost perfect.

"It has been said that the highest calling of a lawyer is to enable the resolution of a dispute without the risk, expense and trauma of trial. Alternative Dispute Resolution offers practical methods of achieving that noble goal." - Karin P. Beam