Karen has over twenty years of in-house experience at Fortune 500 companies. She has extensive experience with intellectual property licensing and has drafted and negotiated a wide range of inbound and outbound licensing agreements, NDAs, MSAs, SOWs, marketing, talent, collaboration, joint development, reseller, and consulting agreements. She also has significant privacy and data security experience, including marketing-related privacy, incident response, and policy development. Karen focuses on intellectual property (copyright, trademark, domain names, patent, trade secret), advertising, digital, social, and mobile marketing, promotions, consumer privacy, and retail and e-commerce issues.
Prior to joining Outside GC, Karen served as Associate General Counsel at The Gap, Inc., where she led the IP and advertising legal team, overseeing brand protection and marketing support for the company’s iconic brands, including Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta, and Janie and Jack. She advised senior leaders on key business initiatives, including new brand launches and international expansion, negotiated strategic IP and marketing agreements, and defended infringement claims. For several years, she handled privacy matters, counseling business partners on consumer-related privacy and security risks, including data breaches, spearheading the company’s Safe Harbor certification process, and drafting internal and external company policies.
Before Gap Inc., Karen worked at Oracle as a senior attorney in the litigation, trademark and copyright group. In that role, she handled disputes involving software piracy, trade secret misappropriation, trademark infringement, and domain name arbitrations. She also advised and trained the company’s global IT, information security, and product security teams on privacy, data security, and IP issues and drafted policies on copyright compliance, email marketing, network access, and acceptable use of Internet and email.
Karen began her legal career as an associate with Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP, where she worked on business litigation in several practice areas, including trade secret misappropriation, employment disputes, and securities fraud, as well as criminal defense. Karen left the firm to join Law.com as an editor to pursue her love of writing, but soon realized that she missed serving clients and so returned to legal practice as an in-house counsel.
Karen has a B.A. in English from Yale University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. She clerked for Judge William H. Orrick, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and for Judge Joseph T. Sneed, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Karen is licensed to practice law in California and holds a CIPP/US certification. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco.
Karen has been a Bay Area resident long enough to remember the first dot-com boom. She lives in San Francisco.
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