Karen R. Sage

  • Adjunct Professor


  • JD University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • BA University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Karen Sage is the judge of the 299th District Court of Texas. Formerly an Assistant District Attorney for Travis County, Judge Sage prosecuted hundreds of important and high-profile felony cases, with crimes ranging from sexual assault to murder. In 2008 she was tasked by District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to help develop and formulate the first ever Mental Health Docket for Travis County.

Before moving to Austin, Judge Sage worked as a prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York, where she was awarded the Director’s Award for Superior Performance from the United States Department of Justice. As an Assistant United States Attorney, she prosecuted cases such as narcotics, human trafficking, insurance fraud, and securities fraud. One of her biggest cases in New York was the prosecution of the largest no fault insurance fraud in history at that time.

Prior to working in the US Attorney’s Office, Judge Sage served as Counsel to the Mayor of Los Angeles for three years, where she worked on a number of important civic issues. While in LA she also served as law clerk to the Honorable Kim McLane Wardlaw in the Central District of California. Judge Sage began her legal career with the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, which she joined after graduating cum laude from the University of Minnesota.