Karen E. Bettcher: Lawyer with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Karen E. Bettcher


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Practice Areas

  • Class Action Defense
  • Data Security & Cyber Liability
  • Professional Liability & Services
  • Employment & Labor
  • Medical Malpractice & Health Care
Contact InfoTelephone: 312.821.6111
Fax: 312.704.1522
University Miami University, B.A., 2004
Law SchoolJohn Marshall Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2007 Evans A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court competition
AdmittedIllinois; U.S. District Court; U.S. District Court; U.S. District Court

Memberships & Affiliations

Illinois State Bar Association


Karen Bettcher focuses her practice on litigation, including responding to pleadings, deposing witnesses, preparing and arguing motions, settlement negotiations and trial preparation, particularly in the areas of medical malpractice, professional liability and asbestos. She is actively involved in defending class actions, including claims under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act and claims involving data security breaches. In addition, Karen has some experience with defending general liability claims and complex patent litigation.

Karen served as a federal law clerk and has authored articles on employer liability for privacy breaches and intellectual property issues. While in law school and college, she worked as a summer intern at the Illinois Attorney General's Office in the areas of Criminal Enforcement, Special Prosecutions, Criminal Appeals and Crime Victims Division. She spent a semester studying abroad at Miami University Dolibois European Center, Differdange, Luxembourg, and traveled throughout Western Europe. In addition, Karen volunteered with the Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic.

Awards & Distinctions

Lawyer Monthly 2014 Women in Law Award


Illinois District Court Rejects Strict Application of the Bare Metal Asbestos Defense
March 13, 2014


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Illinois District Court Rejects Strict Application of the “Bare Metal” Asbestos Defense
Karen E. Bettcher,Anthony M. Goldner, March 19, 2014
On February 14, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, in Quirin v. Lorillard Tobacco Company, et al., rejected strict application of the “bare metal” defense, under which defendants cannot be held liable for the dangers of asbestos-containing parts...
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Karen E. Bettcher

120 N. La Salle Street, 26th Floor
ChicagoIL 60602-2412


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