Karina N. Lallande

Ms. Lallande is a partner at Nguyen Theam Lawyers, LLP, where her practice focuses on litigating catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases, primarily involving claims of premises liability; crashes involving trucks, vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians; defective products; civil rights; and medical malpractice. Ms. Lallande represents clients throughout California.

Ms. Lallande is the 2023 President of Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities (LATLC). Ms. Lallande was honored by the Consumer Attorneys of California as a winner of the 2022 Street Fighter of the Year Award, which is awarded to an attorney that achieves a significant result in a case that exemplifies the everyday struggles of the small practitioner in California.

When she isn’t working, you can usually find Karina tackling a home renovation project with her partner Matthew or off on an adventure- traveling, hiking, scuba diving, backpacking, bicycle riding, or camping. Karina has climbed 2 of the 7 summits (the tallest mountains on each continent) and looks forward to climbing many more mountains in the years to come. She has also hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, walked from Portugal to Spain along a section of the Camino de Santiago, traversed Santa Catalina Island via the Trans-Catalina Trail, backpacked the Lost Coast Trail along the rugged coastline of Northern California, and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon in a heat wave and back up to the rim in a hailstorm. Basically, she loves a challenge! Karina is passionate about photography and loves to document her adventures. She particularly enjoys outdoor/adventure and landscape photography.

Areas of Practice

  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Wrongful Death Cases
  • Premises Liability
  • Crashes involving Trucks, Vehicles, Motorcycles, Bicycles, and Pedestrians
  • Defective Products
  • Civil Rights
  • Medical Malpractice

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2010
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • Supreme Court of California
  • California State Courts and Courts of Appeal


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
  • Juris Doctor – 2010
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • B.A., Bachelor of Arts – 2007
  • Major: Global Studies with a Socio-Economic and Political Emphasis
  • Major: Sociology

Honors and Awards

  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Winner of the 2022 Street Fighter of the Year Award
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Nominee for the 2011 Woman Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” (2014 to Present)
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers (2016 to Present)
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs (2021 to Present)
  • “AV” Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Board of Governors (2018 to Present)
  • Long Beach Bar Association, Board of Governors (2017 and 2018)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board of Directors, Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities (2016 to Present)
  • Board of Directors, Corwin D. Denney Foundation (2016 to Present)