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Adele Karoum

Associate | Los Angeles


Adele Karoum is an associate in the Eminent Domain Department at Richards, Watson & Gershon. Adele represents municipalities and public agencies throughout the eminent domain process. Adele has experience representing public and private clients in litigation and appellate matters.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Richards, Watson & Gershon, Adele represented clients in litigation and appellate matters in state and federal court. Her background includes representation of government entities including cities, counties, and police, and product liability defense.

In addition to her experience as an attorney, Adele clerked for Clark County in Nevada, performing research and legal writing on issues affecting the county, and government agencies and departments including human resources, the fire department, airport, risk management, and a county hospital.

During law school, Adele was an extern for the California Court of Appeals, Fourth District, Division One in San Diego. She was a summer law clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Section in Washington, DC, and a law clerk for a local environmental non-profit focused on clean water in San Diego.

Honors & Awards

Mountain States Super Lawyers Magazine, Rising Star, 2017 and 2018

San Diego Law Review, Member

CALI Award for Highest Grade in Corporations

Professional and Community Affiliations

Vice President (2021-2022) and Co-Recording Secretary (2020-2021), Richardson Music Boosters

We the People Committee, Appointed Committee Member for State Bar of Nevada (2017-2019)

Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys, Member (2016-2018)


Published Opinions

  • Morris v. Hyundai Motor America, 41 Cal.App.5th 24 (2019)
  • The Original Roofing Company v. Chief Admin. Officer of Occupational Safety and Health Admin. of Dept. of Industry, State of Nevada, 442 P.3d 146 (Nev. 2019)
  • Dezzani v. Kern & Assocs., Ltd., 412 P.3d 56 (Nev. 2018)


Reviewer for the 2018 Nevada Civil Jury Instructions. Chapter 1 (General Instructions) and Chapter 13 (Contracts Instructions)

  • "The Purchase of Medical Liens: Ethical Boundaries for Attorneys"
    The Advocate, cover article

Practice Areas


J.D., magna cum laude, University of San Diego School of Law

M.A., University of California, San Diego

B.A., cum laude with departmental distinction, Amherst College

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