Karen Gibbs Attorney Profile on UpCounsel
Karen Gibbs

Karen Gibbs

Personal & Corporate General Counsel

Trabuco Canyon
California
Licensed in
CA
UC Hastings College of the Law

"Karen was a great help in a very difficult situation."

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About
General corporate and litigation management counsel, executive compensation, broad variety of business contracts. 20+ years hands-on individual, start-up and mature tech companies on law firm relations, labor and employment, exec comp, contract, intellectual property, licensing, litigation, arbitration, mediation, compliance, regulatory, operational, general corporate, sales and distribution matters. Specializing in representing executives and providing general counsel of overall legal function management. Strong budget-setting, management and communication skills. Excellent advocate, negotiator and project manager. Knowledgeable, responsive,… read more cost-effective, strategic and highly ethical.
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Clear Communication
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"Karen was a great help in a very difficult situation."

Severance Agreement Services
Posted on Sep 2, 2019
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"I have had the privilege of working with and knowing Karen for over 15 years. We have worked together in high stakes and demanding legal matters. Karen always has command of every situation and provides a steady hand and excellent judgment in stressful and demanding situations. I highly value her advice and would not hesitate seeking her counsel when making important decisions. She is also that rare individual who is both a professional and a joy to be around."

General Counsel & Litigation Management
Posted on Jan 23, 2019
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"I have had the privilege of working along-side Karen in a very demanding situation. Karen was like the ballast for the ship, in rough waters. She is steadfastly professional and quickly earns the respect of everyone in the room. In my opinion, Karen's understanding of how business works, how people think and what motivates them, marketing and the competitive landscape, position her uniquely to contribute at a high level."

General Counsel, IP Management & Business Strategy
Posted on Jan 23, 2019
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"We are a small venture funded company in California. As a small company, we did not have the need for a full time in-house legal counsel. But in April this year, we were sued by one of our larger competitors. Once we saw the expenses for the first couple of months, we realized we needed help. Our head of finance had used UpCounsel for GDPR related work in EMEA and recommended that we see if we could find someone through UpCounsel who could help us understand and manage our legal expenses for the trial. In a very short period of time, we were able to identify a few very promising candidates. We chose to work with Karen Gibbs because she had relevant background as in-house counsel for innovative technology companies before and articulated a strategy for cost that resonated with us. In the last six months of working with Karen, we have realized the incredible value even a contract in-house counsel can provide. Karen has very quickly understood the business, our team, and has become a strong champion for an aggressive legal strategy. She is able to push our trial attorneys on strategy, push us internally on making decisions about key matters, and of course keep a tight eye on costs. I wish we had hired Karen the day we got sued, and not 60 days after. I believe our strategy and costs would be significantly different if we had done that."

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Work History

Law Office of Karen Gibbs

Attorney

Apr 2017 - Present

Working with corporate and private clients on deals and disputes, and managing legal corporate function. Experienced working on IT and healthcare technologies, intellectual property, contracts, HR/employment, disputes and other sensitive and competition-related issues. Cost-effectively handling legal disputes, HR issues and contracts with quick turnaround and optimal outcomes.

Apr 2017 - Present

PBI

General Counsel & VP, Litigation & Contracts

Sep 2016 - Apr 2017

Handled legal function, contract, compliance, operational, intellectual property, employment and litigation/alternative dispute resolution matters for struggling start-up healthcare company. Resigned and was engaged as consultant to assist company in transition.

Sep 2016 - Apr 2017

Applied Medical

VP, Legal, Litigation & Contracts

Nov 2009 - Jan 2016

Responsible for all legal and contract matters for global medical device company. Supported expansion from 250 to over 3500 employees and distribution worldwide, handling all personnel, compliance, contract, competition, litigation, license and intellectual property matters with outstanding return on investments. Competitors included Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic/Covidien and Boston Scientific.

Nov 2009 - Jan 2016

Crowell & Moring

Partner

Dec 2007 - Nov 2009

Partner serving primarily healthcare and medical technology clients, including prior employer, Applied Medical, on compliance, competition, litigation and transaction matters. Left to return to Applied Medical.

Dec 2007 - Nov 2009

Applied Medical

Senior Corporate Counsel

Mar 2003 - Dec 2007

Responsible for all company legal and contract matters globally.

Mar 2003 - Dec 2007

Howrey Simon

Senior Associate

Sep 2000 - Mar 2003

Senior associate handling technology transactions and litigation. Clients included Applied Medical, Callaway Golf, Electronics for Imaging, Interpore Cross, Magnecomp, Nestle and Verizon.

Sep 2000 - Mar 2003

Latham & Watkins

Associate

Jun 2000 - Sep 2000

Associate handling technology transactions and litigation. Clients included Allergan, Office Depot, Siemens and VNUS Medical Technologies.

Jun 2000 - Sep 2000

Cooley/Day Casebeer

Associate

Nov 1995 - Jun 2000

Associate working on biotechnology and IT litigation. Clients included Amgen and Sun Microsystems.

Nov 1995 - Jun 2000

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