Karen Bell

Karen started working in the areas of labor/employment and school law in 1992. She has experience in all aspects of human resources, including employee and labor relations, talent acquisition, organizational development, benefits and leave administration, classification, compensation, affirmative action, and EEO compliance.

Karen serves as a neutral investigator, arbitrator and mediator in cases involving alleged discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, improper governmental activities, and wrongful termination. Karen is trained in trauma-informed interviewing and investigations. She keeps current in all aspects of Title IX and workplace investigations.



  • Chief Human Resources Officer, Orange County Superior Court

  • Counsel, Orange County Department of Education

  • Partner, Meyers Allison LLP

  • Associate Counsel to the Chancellor, University of California, Irvine

  • Title IX Officer, University of California, Irvine

  • Title IX Specialist, Purdue University


  • Association of Workplace Investigators

  • Leadership California, California Issues & Trends, Class of 2016 


  • California

  • District of Columbia


  • Georgetown University: Juris Doctor

    • graduated cum laude

    • member of the American Criminal Law Review

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: Bachelor of Arts, Political Science


  • Certified Mediator, University of California, Irvine in collaboration with The Center for Community Mediation

  • The Office of Research Integrity, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Research Integrity Officer Boot Camp

  • Society for Human Resource Management - Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)

  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)


Kathleen Kelly

Much of Kathleen’s 27-year career has been in criminal law. She has worked on many types of cases including those with complex proceedings and multiple defendants. Allegations have ranged from minor infractions to capital offenses.

She has been responsible for all aspects of the work including:

  • readying cases for trial by interviewing, preparing, and calling (sometimes reluctant) witnesses, and

  • investigating guilt and mitigation facts in federal death penalty cases including conducting witness and client interviews.

In recent years, she has used her extraordinary interviewing skills in workplace investigations. She serves as an independent and fair fact-finder in disputes involving alleged sexual violence, harassment, discrimination, improper governmental activities, and wrongful termination.



  • Contract Attorney/Independent Investigator, Law Office of Karen Bell Meyers, Neutral Investigation and Mediation Services

  • Contract Attorney/Independent Investigator, Investigations, Mediation and Counseling, IMC, Inc.

  • Attorney, Law Offices of Richard B. Mazer

  • Attorney, Terence J. O’Hara APC - Attorneys at Law


  • Association of Workplace Investigators


  • California


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law: Juris Doctor

  • University of California, Berkeley: Bachelor of Arts, Political Science


  • National Training Institute of the Association of Workplace Investigators: Workplace Investigator