Professional Biography
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Karin Scherner Aldama Partner

  • Phoenix

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    2901 N. Central Avenue, Suite 2000

    Phoenix, AZ 85012-2788




Karin Scherner Aldama focuses her practice on complex insurance recovery matters. She has represented policyholders on a number of complex issues, including in successful London arbitrations under the Bermuda Form. In addition, Karin has extensive experience with complex commercial and appellate litigation. She has particular practice depth managing privilege law issues, including in the international context and with cross-border disputes.

In her representation of FORTUNE 500, large and mid-size companies and governmental entities, Karin counsels clients operating in a wide range of industries, including the utility, aerospace, semiconductor and online real estate industries. In addition to her extensive experience in various state and federal courts, she provides representation in alternative dispute resolution, with an emphasis on international and domestic arbitration. Karin also frequently takes on pro bono immigration cases and represents indigenous detainees in immigration court as well as before the BIA and appellate courts.

Karin is a member of the Board of Act One, a not-for-profit focused on providing access to the arts to students attending underfunded schools. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association (AWLA) as well as on the Steering and Executive Committees of AWLA’s Maricopa Chapter and serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Maricopa County Bar Association.

Professional Recognition

  • American Arbitration Association, Higginbotham Diversity Fellow, 2013
      • Participated in program for “up and coming, diverse alternative dispute resolution professionals”
  • Foundation of the American Bar Association, Fellow
  • Foundation of the Federal Bar Association, Fellow

Professional Leadership

  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association
    • State Board of Directors, 2016 - present
    • Gender Equity Committee, 2015 - 2016
  • Maricopa Chapter of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association
    • Treasurer and Member of Executive Committee, 2016 - present
    • Steering Committee, 2011 - present 
    • Leadership Appointments Committee, 2013 - 2014
    • Professional Development Committee, 2010 - 2011
  • American Bar Association
    • Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Member, 2014 - present
    • Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, International/London Subcommittee, Co-Chair, 2016 - present
    • Women in Insurance Subcommittee, Co-Chair, 2015 - 2016
  • Perkins Coie Strategic Diversity Committee, Member, 2011 - present 
  • Phoenix Diversity Committee, Perkins Coie, Chair, 2008 - 2011; Co-Chair, 2012 
  • Phoenix Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
    • President, 2009 - 2010
    • Officer, 2005 - 2009
    • Board Member, 2005 - 2012
  • Admitted to the state bars of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia, inactive

Community Involvement

  • Act One, Member of the Board of Directors, 2017 - present
  • Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
    • Public Affairs Committee, Member, 2016 - present
    • Insurance and Health Care Issue Committee, Member, 2016 - present
  • Arizona Technology Council, Cyber Security Committee, Member, 2017 - present
  • Herberger Theater Center
    • Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, 2015 - 2016
    • Secretary, 2013 - 2014, 2016 - 2017
    • Member of Executive Committee, 2013 - 2017
    • Member of the Board of Directors, 2011 - 2017

Related Employment

  • Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C., Associate, 2001 - 2004
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Adjunct Professor, U.S. Legal Discourse, 2000 - 2001


  • Hon. Frank Schwelb, Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia, 2000 - 2001





Bar and Court Admissions

  • Arizona
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2000
  • National Louis University, B.A., Business Administration and Management, with honors, 1992


  • German
  • French
  • Italian