At Clunen and Oakman Law, LLP, we specialize in bringing the law to your corner. We are dedicated to understanding what results you want and to helping you understand what actions we can take on your behalf. We will work with you every step of the way to make sure that you understand the choices you are making and feel empowered to make them.
A Ventura County native, Katie Clunen (formerly Pietrolungo) specializes in family law and mediation in Southern California.
Ms. Clunen obtained her Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law, where she served as a notes and comments editor for the Journal of Law & Trade in the Americas, and as Justice for the Sammis Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta. After graduation, Ms. Clunen continued her education, receiving mediation training from the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University and fee arbitration training from the State Bar of California.
In her professional career, Ms. Clunen has served as a liaison between the state and local bar associations and the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyer District (YLD), as well as provided disaster legal services under the ABA YLD’s contract with FEMA.
Ms. Clunen’s background in civil and business litigation has made her a sought-after attorney in the Ventura and Los Angeles counties. She has an established reputation in Southern California for her service on numerous boards and legal organizations including …
· Vice Chair of Women Lawyers of Ventura County
· Board of the Parent Teacher Association for local Elementary school, Parliamentarian
· President of the Ventura County Bar Association (past)
· President of the Jerome H. Berenson American Inn of Court (past)
· Board member of the Ventura County Legal Aid (past)
· Member of The Coalition for Collaborative Divorce
· Chairwoman of the California State Bar’s Young Lawyer Association (CYLA) (past)
· American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyer District Representative of Southern
· Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 40 Under Forty recipient (2019)
· Super Lawyer 2023
Prior to starting Clunen and Oakman Law, LLP, Ms. Clunen worked as "of counsel" with Dion Law Group for eight years.
Karen Oakman graduated Magna Cum Laude from California Lutheran University (CLU) in Thousand Oaks, California, receiving her Bachelor of Science and Arts degrees in criminal justice and political science. She then graduated from California Western School of Law in 2010, receiving her Juris Doctorate degree. During law school, Ms. Oakman interned at the San Diego Public Defender’s Office, the Alternate Public Defender’s Office and the Law Office of Timothy Scott. She also participated in the post-bar program offered at the San Diego Public Defender’s Office. Throughout law school, Ms. Oakman worked as a volunteer for the non-profit California Western Community Law Project.
Following her education, Ms. Oakman began her professional career at the prestigious criminal defense firm of Grimes & Warwick in San Diego, California. In 2014, Ms. Oakman moved back to Ventura County from San Diego, where she shifted her focus to family law, taking a position with Dion Law.
Ms. Oakman has deeply established roots in Ventura County and Los Angeles, having contributed her expertise and time to a number of boards, including …
· Family Law Board of Ventura County Bar Association member (current); previously
served as vice president and treasurer
· Board of Conejo Free Clinic, legal director and secretary (past Chair of the Board)
· Board of Women Lawyers of Ventura County, Immediate Past President
· Board of the Parent Teacher Association for local Elementary school, Secretary (past
· Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce 40 Under Forty recipient (2018)
· Holly Spevak Award for Women Lawyers recipient (2019)
· Super Lawyer 2022, 2023
Since fall of 2015, Ms. Oakman has taught as an Adjunct Professor at CLU, where she teaches Criminal Law and Procedure and Constitutional Law for the university’s criminal justice department. She is now a Senior Adjunct Professor. She was also the pre-law coordinator at CLU from 2017-2019.
Through these experiences, Ms. Oakman has had enriching opportunities to represent clients
in criminal matters including infractions, misdemeanors, investigations, and serious felonies, and in family law matters including restraining order hearings and guardianship proceedings.