Karen DeSoto has served as a public defender, prosecutor, attorney in private practice, and was the first woman, first Hispanic, and youngest person to ever serve as Corporate Counsel for the city of Jersey City, NJ.
About Karen DeSoto
A resident of New Jersey, Karen DeSoto received her
Juris Doctorate in Law from Temple University.
She has served as a public defender, prosecutor, attorney
in private practice, and was the first woman, first
Hispanic, and youngest person to ever serve as
Corporate Counsel for the city of Jersey City, NJ.
She is an on-air legal analyst / commentator for NBC
News, and appears on several NBC shows on MSNBC,
the Today Show, and appeared on CNN, ABC News and
She is a professor at New Jersey City University, having
previously been an assistant professor at Fairleigh
Activist, Humanitarian, Philanthropist,
Karen remains active in her community,
working with students, doing speaking
engagements, and working with
organizations like the Cunningham
Foundation, which provides
scholarships to area students. She has
served as a Board member for many
other organizations as well
She serves as Co-Director of the
Institute for Dispute Resolution at
NJCU business school.
Awards & Honors
Named ‘Attorney of the Year’ at the 50th Annual
Puerto Rican Heritage Festival and Parade
committee (Jersey City, New Jersey).
Selected “Humanitarian of the Year” by the
Bayonne Youth Center.
Named to the coveted list of “People on The
Move” in Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
Named to The Hudson Reporter list of Most
Influential People of Hudson County.
Karen DeSoto has been honored for her many humanitarian and civic