Prior to joining the firm, Karen served as City Attorney for the City of Austin, Texas, where she was instrumental in leading several high-profile initiatives, including four large municipal bond elections, the transition from at-large council district election system to single member district elections, settlement of two U.S. Department of Justice pattern and practice investigations, negotiation and drafting of major Chapter 380 economic development agreements, and the sale and transfer of large tracts of publicly owned property for redevelopment purposes.
Karen also managed the City of Austin Governmental Relations Office during the 83rd legislative session (2015) where she served as the chief contact for the city at the Texas state legislature and assisted the city’s outside lobby consultant teams in educating and lobbying Texas legislators on issues of importance to the City.
Earlier in her career, Karen spent 15 years providing legal and legislative services at the Texas Municipal League where she helped develop legislative strategies, drafted talking points, positions statements, and testimony, and conducted legal briefings for Mayors and city council members across the state of Texas.
•Government law, policy and regulation
Recognition & Leadership
Awards & Accolades
•Recipient, Austin Black Business, Top 10 Central Texas Super Lawyer Awards, 2019
•Team Member, Best Lawyers in America, Top Listed - Government Relations, 2018
•Recipient, Austin Black Lawyers Association Legacy Award, 2012
•Travis County Women’s Lawyer’s Association
•Pathfinder Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession in Travis County, 2006
•Award for Contribution to the Minority Community, 1994
Professional & Community Involvement
•President, Texas City Attorneys Association, 2014-2015
•Member, International Municipal Lawyers Association
•Citizens Advisory Council, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
•Board of Directors, KLRU-TV
•McBee fellow, Austin Area Research Association (AARO), 2010
•Board Member, State Bar of Texas Government Lawyers Council, 2011-2012
•Board Member, City of Austin Police Retirement System, 2005-2008
•President, Austin Black Lawyers Association, 1999
•Leadership Austin, Class of 1997-1998
•Board Member, Austin Bar Association (formerly Travis County Bar Association), 1995
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