Karen focuses her practice on high-profile civil litigation and trials as well as crisis management—helping her clients solve their biggest problems both in and out of the courtroom. She has received broad recognition for her work, including being named one of the National Law Journal’s Outstanding Women Lawyers, Litigator of the Week by both The American Lawyer and Global Competition Review, one of 10 Most Compelling Women in Washington D.C. by Elle magazine, and one of America's 500 Leading Lawyers by Lawdragon.
Karen is an accomplished trial lawyer and courtroom advocate. Within one year, together with BSF partner Bill Isaacson, she won significant jury verdicts for two of America’s top technology companies. The following year, she successfully argued summary judgment resulting in victory for another prominent technology company in a high-stakes case. That same year, Karen and her co-counsel won a two-year pro bono legal battle in local and federal courts to enforce Washington D.C.’s Local Budget Autonomy Act.
As a crisis management expert and trusted advisor to public figures and top executives, Karen specializes in confronting high-stakes legal problems that require her to contend simultaneously with the law, the media, and the government. Her work preparing candidates, including Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama, for debates has received extensive media coverage. And Karen brings those same skills to bear when she prepares company executives for congressional hearings, depositions, and trial testimony.
Prior to joining the firm, Karen served in all three branches of government. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, she tried to jury verdict a number of multi-defendant cases and led complex investigations. She served as Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama, representing the Executive Office of the President in congressional investigations and overseeing litigation. Earlier in her career, Karen was a law clerk to Judge Merrick B. Garland of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and to Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to becoming an attorney, Karen served in the Senate as communications director and senior advisor to Hillary Clinton, where she managed frequent crises and dealt daily with countless New York and national media outlets. She has also been a consultant to the television show House of Cards.