- Class Action Defense
- Data Privacy & Security
- Professional Liability & Services
- Employment & Labor
- Medical Malpractice & Health Care
|Contact Info||Telephone: 312.821.6111|
|University ||Miami University, B.A., 2004|
|Law School||John Marshall Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2007 Evans A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court competition|
|Admitted||Illinois; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas; U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois|
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
Chicago Federal Court Bars Expert Testimony Espousing the “ Any Exposure” Theory
“ Any Exposure” Theory in Illinois Federal Court Asbestos Case
January 12, 2015
In a recent pre-trial ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois barred perennial plaintiff’s expert Dr. Arthur Frank and other experts for the plaintiff from providing opinions espousing the “ Any Exposure” theory of causation. Subject to this preclusion, however, the ruling leaves the door open for the plaintiff’s experts to provide case-specific causation opinions against defendants if such opinions are based on the experts’ analysis of the fact witnesses’ asbestos exposure testimony.
Illinois District Court Rejects Strict Application of the “ Bare Metal” Asbestos Defense
Illinois Takes Middle Path in “ Bare Metal” Defense Opinion
March 13, 2014
A recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in a case of first impression rejected strict application of the “ bare metal” defense, under which defendants cannot be held liable for the dangers of asbestos-containing parts supplied by third parties. The court instead favored a middle path, holding that a defendant owes a duty to warn in certain circumstances.
Expectation of Privacy In A Digital Age: An Overview of Employment Law Cases and Statutes Struggling to Create Precedent as Expectations Evolve, DCBA Brief, June 2012, co-author
The Patent Reform Acts Proposed First-To-File Standard: Needed Reform or Constitutional Blunder, J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L., 2006
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