Karen McLaurin Buresh
President & Chief Executive Officer
Karen brings 30 years of extensive project and program management experience, including:
- Public Project and Program Delivery
- Project Planning and Strategy
- Property Acquisition
- Right-of-Way Management
- All Aspects of Project Property Matters
- Inter- and Intra-Agency Issues, Coordination and Resolution
- Pre-condemnation and Condemnation Activities
- Right-to-Take Issues
- Complex Valuation Issues
- Construction and Regulatory Issues
- Litigation Support in Administrative, Superior Court, and Court of Appeal Proceedings
- Internal Team Management
- In-depth Local, State, and Federal Agency Process Knowledge
- Alameda Corridor Project
- Los Angeles Unified School District $10 billion,140 school Construction and Major Renovation Program
- Washington/Santa Fe Grade Separation Project
- Pacific Coast Highway Grade Separation Project
As a former partner in a downtown Los Angeles law firm, Karen has extensive experience in the business of servicing large-scale clients and managing teams to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of multiple clients. In addition, Karen has in-depth experience and expertise in the management and implementation of large-scale public projects, with over 20 years of experience with public agency projects and the acquisition of property for large-scale construction projects.
Karen has deep familiarity with every stage of the project development and property acquisition process and an unparalleled consistent record of success in handling the processes required by California and federal law. Karen has successfully represented agencies in administrative proceedings, Superior Court actions and Court of Appeal proceedings. Karen’s expertise includes extensive experience working with various local State and federal agencies, including the Department of Toxic Substances, Regional Water Quality Control Boards and the Air Quality Management District in connection with major public projects.
Karen’s expertise is unique and goes beyond the traditional legal consulting role. Her value to a project starts when she first comes on board; she hears her clients’ needs and clients respect her advice and counsel.
Property Acquisition Management, Alameda Corridor Project
Karen was responsible for the oversight of all property matters and acquisitions, including condemnation actions undertaken in connection with the Alameda Corridor Project; a $2.4 billion rail consolidation project to provide a 20-mile-long rail cargo expressway linking the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to the transcontinental rail network near downtown Los Angeles. From early project planning stages, Karen was responsible for all aspects of property acquisition and right-of-way mangement, keeping the project on time and under budget.
Property Attorney, Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) $10 billion, 140 schools Construction and Major Renovation Program
Working directly on over 100 sites, Karen was one of the key attorneys assisting the Los Angeles Unified School District with its massive multi-year school construction and expansion project; $10 billion, 140 school Construction and Major Renovation Program. Karen assisted LAUSD staff with site selection, acquisition, pre-condemnation, and condemnation activities.
Private Sector Experience
In addition, Karen led the legal team representing an international public utility and a telephone corporation in connection with its installation of fiber optic telecommunications systems throughout the State of California. Under Karen’s leadership, the legal team successfully completed over 60 separate condemnation matters throughout the State involving issues such as the right-to-take and complex valuation issues, as well as assisting the client with other construction and regulatory issues. Karen also has experience with advising privately-owned public utilities serving major metropolitan areas throughout California on regulatory, Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issues, City matters, environmental regulations and requirements and service related matters.
Education and Professional Organizations:
Karen received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California in 1990, and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1987.
Karen currently serves as the Vice-Chair of Advocacy and Chair-elect of the Board of Directors of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Committee. Karen also serves as co-president of the League of Women Voters of Palos Verdes Peninsula, Director of Legislation of 33rd District PTA and president of the Palos Verdes Peninsula High PTSA.
Karen is a member of the State Bar of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Construction Management Association of America, the Design Build Institute of America, the National Association of Women In Construction, the Society of Military Engineers, the International Right of Way Association, and the Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce.