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Legal Experience

Karen represents individual and institutional clients in a broad range of business transactions and regularly counsels clients with respect to ongoing business and corporate (both profit and not-for-profit) matters. Karen was honored to be named the Corporate/Securities winner in the Austin Business Journal’s 2005 “Best of Business Attorneys and Corporate Counsel.”  The Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association selected Karen as the recipient of its Outstanding Transactional Attorney Award in 2008.   Her practice has included the following:

  • Representing sellers, purchasers and principal shareholders in a wide range of merger and acquisition transactions – businesses acquired or sold include magazine publishers, manufacturing concerns, wireless cable television operations, car dealerships, hospitals, professional practices, insurance agencies, and businesses in the aviation, plastics, software development, electronics and furniture industries.
  • Representing public companies in initial and follow-on equity and debt offerings (including rounds of common and preferred equity, subordinated debt, various securitized offerings, and registrations involving employee benefit plans).
  • Advising officers and directors of publicly-reporting companies regarding disclosure matters, stock sales issues (including Section 16(b), Rule 10b-5 and Rule 144 matters) and securities matters generally.
  • Representing private companies and investors in a range of private placements, venture capital financings, and other capital raising transactions.
  • Representing a variety of professionals, including physicians, accountants and lawyers, in entity formation and dissolution, partnership negotiations, negotiation of compensation and severance arrangements, resolution of practice management issues and various other matters.
  • Representing small and mid-sized companies (corporations, partnerships, LLCs and other entities) in connection with formation and ongoing operation – including entity selection, structuring and drafting of employment agreements, option plans and other equity incentive programs, buy-sell agreements, and other agreements associated with start-up businesses.
  • Representing companies and majority and minority constituencies in connection with “freeze-out” transactions, minority shareholder rights and disputes among shareholders.
  • Representing tax-exempt and other entities in connection with the formation of profit/not-for-profit joint ventures and other complex transactions


  • Wilson College and Temple University (B.A., with high honors, 1971); University of Texas (M.A., English language and linguistics, 1974; J.D., 1977); Note and Comment Editor, Texas Law Review, 1976.

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • American Bar Association (Business Law Section)
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Past Chair of the Board of Directors, Texas Law Review Association
  • Former member of the Boards of Directors of the Travis County Bar Association and of the University of Texas School of Law Alumni Association


  • Member of Board of Directors and immediate past-Chair of SafePlace
  • Member of the Board of Directors of  LIFT: An Alliance to End Abuse
  • Former member and officer of the Board of Directors of Trinity Episcopal School, Animal Trustees of Austin and Health Alliance  for Austin Musicians (HAAM)
  • Member of St. David’s Episcopal Church

Awards and Honors

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® published by Woodward/White, Inc., Corporate Law, 1987 – 2016
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating,
  • Was honored as 2008 “Outstanding Transactional Attorney” by the Travis County Women’s Lawyer’s Association
  • Was honored as a “Woman of Distinction” at the Girl Scouts – Lone Star Council 2006 Women of Distinction awards
  • Corporate/Securities winner in Austin Business Journal’s 2005 “Best of Business Attorneys and Corporate Counsel”
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