Karen is an accomplished technology and commercial contracts lawyer with over 25 years of experience, primarily in-house and recently, working with boutique law firms. She also seconded in a financial services company and a data analytics software vendor. She advises on software and data licenses and distribution, SaaS and cloud agreements, and strategic alliances and provides legal support on the pre- and post-acquisition, sale and integration of companies.
Karen was an Associate General Counsel and Group Legal Director for Global Alliances & Partnerships at Capgemini, a global information technology services and consulting company where she worked on large and complex technology deals and also served as Interim Head of Procurement. Previously, Karen was Senior Counsel at PartnerRe, an international reinsurer and her responsibilities included IT and outsourcing. Karen was also a Senior Counsel at IBM in charge of EMEA templates for new product and service offerings for e-business hosting and integrated technology services. Karen started her legal career at C&L (now PwC), rising to the role of Assistant General Counsel, where she focused on technology and professional services contracts. Karen was a Certified Public Accountant and worked at KPMG, serving audit and tax clients for several years before attending law school.
Karen serves as an expert, mentor and judge in the annual Hult Prize Foundation’s global social impact start-up $1 million prize challenge. She held board and trustee positions in national and international non-profits. Karen plays electric bass in a band and enjoys cooking, having trained as a chef at Le Cordon Blue in Paris.
Prior In-House Experience
George Washington University Law School (J.D.)
Drexel University (BSc)
Certified Public Accountant (inactive)