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

Karen E. Bettcher


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Practice Areas

  • Class Action Defense
  • Data Privacy & Security
  • Employment & Labor
  • Medical Malpractice & Health Care
  • Professional Liability & Services
  • Employee Benefits
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, 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.

Additional Publications

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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Chicago Federal Court Bars Expert Testimony Espousing the “Any Exposure” Theory 
Karen E. Bettcher,Anthony M. Goldner, March 13, 2015
On December 22, 2014, in a pre-trial ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, in Krik v. Crane Co., et al., No. 1:10-cv-07435 (N.D. Ill. December 22, 2014) barred perennial plaintiff’s expert Dr. Arthur Frank and other experts for the plaintiff from providing...
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Karen E. Bettcher

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


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