Karen was called to the British Columbia bar in 1993 and has worked as a civil litigator with an emphasis on insurance defence ever since. Her practice encompasses a wide variety of matters including personal injury; disability, travel and life insurance claims; property damage claims; professional negligence; contract disputes; mental health law; and sexual assault/historical abuse claims. She has represented clients at all levels of trial courts in B.C. and has acted as counsel at several Coroner’s Inquests.
The nature of her practice has allowed her to conclude many cases successfully through negotiation, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Karen is also experienced appellate counsel, skilled at written and oral advocacy. She has appeared in the B.C. Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
She is currently a member of the Canadian Bar Association, and B.C. Trial Lawyers Association. She served on the Executive of the Vancouver Young Lawyers section from 1995 – 1998 and was a member of the CLE Civil Litigation Advisory Committee for the 2000 – 2002 term. She has acted as a mentor in the Woman Lawyers Forum Mentorship Program.
Karen has been a contributing author of the Continuing Legal Education Society’s Motor Vehicle Practice Manual Chapter on Costs and Interest since 2006. She presented on the topic of “Dealing with Difficult Counsel” at the CLE Discovery course.