Attorney, Member of the Firm
Karen A. Mullin joined OGC in 2018 with over 18 years of experience in the life sciences industry in academic, non-profit and commercial enterprises.
Karen has substantial experience in technology development and transfer, with particular expertise in the negotiation of clinical trial agreements, sponsored research agreements, collaboration agreements, KOL consulting agreements, confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements and license agreements. She also has provided guidance about medical research issues, conflict of interest and research compliance, and human subjects’ protection.
Prior to joining Outside GC, Karen’s in-house legal experience includes serving for seven years as Chief General Counsel/Director of Technology Development for The Forsyth Institute, a non-profit medical research institute in Kendall Square, Cambridge. While there, she was responsible for all legal matters including clinical trial and sponsored research agreements as well as regulatory compliance and technology transfer. Prior to that, Karen worked for twelve years at Boston University as Senior Research Attorney in the Office of Research Administration on the medical campus. She negotiated all industry sponsored clinical trial agreements, investigator-initiated clinical trial agreements, as well as facilitating communications with industry, government and other academic institutions. In 2008, Karen founded a small legal consulting practice representing academic institutions, hospitals, medical practices and individual physicians in their business and research relationships with industry. Previously, she worked in law firms and as a clerk for the president judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
Karen is a member of the Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and District of Columbia bars. She obtained a J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center and LL.M. with merit in international business law at the University of London. She earned a B.A. in political science, summa cum laude, from Chestnut Hill College. Karen is an active member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), and the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) and has presented at conferences for these organizations as well as others.
Karen was raised in a suburb of Philadelphia and moved to Boston over 25 years ago. She resides with her husband and two teenage sons in the South End neighborhood of Boston. She has served on the board of directors of the South End Community Health Center and the Friends of Ringgold Park and is currently the treasurer of the Boston College High School Mothers Guild. She enjoys traveling with family and friends.