General & Strategic Corporate Counsel -- Litigation, IP & Contracts
- Outside General Counsel
- Appellate Litigation
- Breach of Contract
- Cease & Desist Letter
- Demand Letter
- Product Liability
- Settlement Agreement
- Other Lawsuits & Disputes Matter
- Business Consulting Agreement
- Distribution Agreement
- Equipment Lease
- Licensing Agreement
- Loan Agreement
- Manufacturing Agreement
- Marketing Agreement
- Non-Disclosure Agreement (Commercial)
- Release of Liability
- Sales Agreement
- Service Agreement
- Terms of Service
- User Agreement
- Vendor Agreement
- Other Commercial Contract Matter
"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."
"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."
"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."
Law Office of Karen Gibbs
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.
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.
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.
Crowell & Moring
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.
Senior Corporate Counsel
Mar 2003 - Dec 2007
Responsible for all company legal and contract matters globally.
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.
Latham & Watkins
Jun 2000 - Sep 2000
Associate handling technology transactions and litigation. Clients included Allergan, Office Depot, Siemens and VNUS Medical Technologies.
Nov 1995 - Jun 2000
Associate working on biotechnology and IT litigation. Clients included Amgen and Sun Microsystems.