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Karen’s Data Privacy & Data Security practice involves advising clients on lowering risk associated with using and storing information across jurisdictions.  Karen advises companies of all sizes regarding cross-border transfer and information governance issues arising in the US and the world, and particularly in the EU. Karen is CIPP/E certified under the IAPP certification scheme for privacy professionals with regard to European data privacy laws. She has advised regarding GDPR compliance, including structuring and implementing processes and GDPR programs. Karen counsels clients with regard to best practices and company policies dealing with processing and transfer of personal data of employees and customers, as well as preparing for and responding to data breaches. Representative experience includes:

  • Advising a large medical device manufacturer with attention to protected health information issues
  • Addressing a data breach by a military defense contractor of multi-jurisdictional employee health information
  • Counseling a large international banking conglomerate regarding remediation and retention requirements addressing voluminous hard copy and electronic data, including sensitive personal customer and employee information across multiple jurisdictions
  • Handling breach notifications to state agencies and defending against related state actions from plaintiffs in response to data breach of personal health information
  • Critical member of a National E-Discovery Counsel team to standardize case responses and increase defensibility of litigation practices for large multinational bank


  • University of Illinois College of Law, 2009, J.D., cum laude, Illinois Business Law Journal - Editor-in-Chief; Paul Law Scholarship Recipient
  • University of Maryland, 2004, B.S., International Business

  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia

  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania

  • E-Discovery RoundTable of DC (Co-Founder)
  • APABA-DC - Asian Pacific American Bar Association of DC
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Civic and Charitable Affiliations

  • Law School Diversity Council Mentorship Program
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Be A 6th Grade Mentor Initiative by the United Way