Karun Tilak

Deputy County Counsel

Karun Tilak joined the Office of the County Counsel in 2020. As a member of the Social Justice & Impact Litigation Team, Karun’s practice focuses on complex affirmative litigation, with an emphasis on consumer protection and civil rights. He currently represents the County and the People of the State of California in litigation against opioid manufacturers for their role in creating the opioid epidemic. Karun is also a member of the Office’s Public Safety and Justice Team, where he advises County law enforcement agencies, including the Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office, on a variety of policy reform and legal compliance issues.

Prior to joining the Office, Karun gained significant experience in local government affirmative litigation as a Public Rights Project Fellow in the Oakland City Attorney’s Office Community Lawyering & Civil Rights Unit. He also brings to the Office substantial trial and appellate experience in administrative law and civil rights litigation challenging federal government policies.

Karun’s professional expertise includes:

  • Affirmative litigation
  • Complex civil litigation
  • Appellate litigation


  • Yale Law School, 2014
    • Editor, Yale Law Journal
  • American University, B.A./B.S., summa cum laude, 2011
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Prior Experience

  • Public Rights Project Fellow at Oakland City Attorney’s Office (2019-2020)
  • Associate at Covington & Burling LLP (2016-2019)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Anita B. Brody, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2015-2016)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Jerome A. Holmes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (2014-2015)

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