Karen E. Phillips

  • Senior Counsel at Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
  • 400 Crossing Boulevard, 8th Floor, P.O. Box 5933, Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933
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Karen Phillips focuses her practice in the area of executive compensation and employee benefits.

Karen represents clients in connection with employee benefits and compensation-related aspects of corporate transactions, financing arrangements and public offerings, including negotiation, review and drafting of transactional documents, supervision of due diligence, and identification of issues arising under, and assistance in complying with, the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA and applicable federal securities laws and exchange regulations.

Karen advises clients on the structure, implementation and administration of non-qualified employee compensation plans, programs and arrangements, including the associated federal tax implications. She also represents clients in connection with the design, administration, amendment and termination of single-employer and multiemployer defined contribution retirement plans and defined benefit pension plans, and has designed, negotiated and drafted equity-based compensation plans, employment, consulting, termination, severance and change-in-control agreements and advised clients on the associated ERISA, federal tax and securities implications.

Karen also assists clients with corporate governance and compliance matters, including preparation and revision of applicable securities filings, employee communications and public announcements.

Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Karen worked for a large national insurance and employee benefits firm.


Karen Phillips Guest Lecturer for University of Michigan Law School’s Entrepreneurship Clinic

Karen Phillips to Attend The Alumni Society’s 2019 Influencers Dinner

Karen Phillips Guest Lectures for University of Michigan Law School Entrepreneurship Clinic

Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Welcomes New Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Counsel


Blog - Employee Benefits Law Blog

It’s Not Too Late to Amend Your Plans to Comply with the DOL’s New Disability Claims Procedures


•University of Michigan Law School Entrepreneurship Clinic, Ann Arbor, MI, April 8, 2019
•“Preventing Separation Anxiety: Severance Arrangement Best Practices,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, March 20, 2019
•University of Michigan Law School Entrepreneurship Clinic, Ann Arbor, Michigan, November 19, 2018

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Business Law
  • Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits
  • Labor & Employment

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(908) 722-4342  Phone
University Attended:
University of Chicago, A.B., 1989
Law School Attended:
Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., Taxation with Certificate in Employee Benefits Law, 2006; University of Michigan, J.D./M.B.A., 1999
Year of First Admission:
New York; District of Columbia; California

Professional Affiliations

•The Alumni Society
•National Association of Women Lawyers


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Bridgewater, New Jersey

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