Jassy Vick Carolan LLP




Of Counsel
Karlene Goller is a clearance expert with more than 30 years of experience vetting content for publication and distribution via all platforms.   She provides deadline and long-term strategic counseling to assist news gathering and publishing all forms of content -- nonfiction, fiction and advertising -- to mitigate liability for defamation, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, copyright and trademark infringements.

Karlene is the former Los Angeles Times Vice President, Legal and Deputy General Counsel.   She was the sole First Amendment and content counsel for the Los Angeles Times Media Group for more than 20 years, responsible for the editorial legal affairs and intellectual property of its digital properties, new media, daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, television and radio broadcasts and cable shows.

She has extensive experience assisting clients in accessing public records and government and court proceedings and records.   Karlene defends global for-profit and non-profit media companies, websites, start-ups, journalists, producers, filmmakers, podcasters and authors from prior restraints, pre-publication demands, post-publication cease and desists, subpoenas and retraction demands.   She is an intellectual property specialist, experienced in licensing content on all platforms via all technologies, distribution agreements and commercial contracts.


Long Beach Police Officers' Association v. City of Long Beach, 59 Cal. 4th 59 (2014). Won California Supreme Court decision holding that the press and public presumptively are entitled to the identities of officers involved in shooting incidents in California under the California Public Records Act (CPRA).

Los Angeles Times v. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, 2013 Cal. Super. LEXIS 12578 (Cal. Super. Ct. 2013) Brown Act and CPRA lawsuit obtaining court order requiring joint state-county-city agency that operates the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to produce documents and record closed sessions for three years. The Times was paid more than $340,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs.

Burkle v. Burkle,139 Cal. App. 4th 712 (2006). Successfully challenged state statute restricting access to court records in divorce cases, establishing binding law that divorce records are subject to constitutional right access in California.

Wen Ho Lee v. U.S. Dept. of Justice (D.D.C. 2002-2006). Successfully represented non-party LA Times reporter Bob Drogin, who was subpoenaed, but did not disclose, confidential source information in federal Privacy Act case against the government.

The Clergy Cases I, (L.A. Super. Ct., Judicial Council Coordination Proceedings 2005). Successfully intervened to oppose protective order in settlement of civil case brought against the Orange County Diocese by alleged victims of molestation by priests and other employees of the Diocese, won access to sealed docket and court records, including most of the personnel files and other information about priests and other employees.

Thomas v. Los Angeles Times, 189 F. Supp. 2d 1005 (C.D. Cal. 2002), aff’d, (9 th Cir. 2002). Successfully defended and won attorneys fees for newspaper and its reporter in defamation claim using California anti-SLAPP statute in federal court.

Sister Judith Ann Murphy, General Counsel of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles v. Los Angeles Times (L.A. Superior Ct. 2002). Successfully opposed Los Angeles Archdiocese midnight attempt to restrain publication of The Times.

Los Angeles Times v. Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, 88 Cal. App. 4th 1381 (2001). Won decision establishing that a trial court order denying attorneys fees under CPRA is reviewable by appeal, in addition to extraordinary writ, and that the CPRA does not require a request for records be in writing, but does require award of attorneys fees when requester was compelled to file a lawsuit to disgorge a public record.

American Humane Association v. Los Angeles Times, 92 Cal. App. 4th 1095 (2001). Won order to grant anti- SLAPP special motion to strike attempt to restrain publication of The Times and an award of fees notwithstanding voluntary dismissal of a complaint.

Los Angeles Times and Washington Post Company v. FreeRepublic, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5669 (C. D. Cal.. 2000). Established Fair Use standards for use of copyrighted material on the internet.

NBC Subsidiary v. Superior Court, 20 Cal. 4th 1178 (1999). Represented The Times in access matter that resulted in landmark decision finding the public and press have a presumptive First Amendment right of access to civil trials.


American Bar Foundation
Jack Bates Award
     California Press Association 2013
Freedom of Information Award      California Newspaper Publishers
     Association 2011
Special Citation
     Los Angeles Times Editorial Awards
     Los Angeles Times 2008
Beacon Award
     First Amendment Coalition 2005
Top of the Times Award
     Los Angeles Times 1995
Lawdragon's 500 New Stars
     New Worlds
Freedom of Information Award
     SPJ/LA 2006
Super Lawyers
     Super Lawyer, Civil Rights/First


UC Irvine School of Law
      Media Law


Pfaffinger Foundation
      Board of Directors
Public Counsel Law Center
      Board of Directors
      Chairperson 2006-2007
      Executive Committee 1999-2010
Jenesse Center, Inc.
      Board of Directors
      Vice President (fmr)
Chancery Club of Los Angeles
UC Irvine Literary Journalism Program
      Legal Advisory Board
ABA Forum on Communications Law
      Western Division Co-Chair
      Governing Board (fmr)
California Newspaper Publishers Association
      Board of Directors
      Chair Gov. Affairs Comm. (fmr)


Suffolk University Law School (JD, 1986)
Georgetown University Law Center
      visiting-transfer student (1985-1986)
Middlebury College (AB, 1983)
      departmental honors and
      senior thesis awarded honors


District of Columbia