Karen Gibbs

Karen Gibbs

Personal, Executive & Corporate Counsel

Trabuco Canyon
California
Licensed in
CA
University of California, Hastings College of the Law

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

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A former Big Law partner and in-house counsel, Karen has successfully represented individuals, executives and corporations for over 20 years. Her practice includes litigation/mediation, employment and contract matters, and she has considerable experience with intellectual property, distribution and compliance matters. She has worked with major technology companies and start ups, and provides practical counsel to individuals and corporations. Karen especially enjoys working with employees/executives and companies on compensation and disputes/transition matters. She has strong negotiation and communication skills, and is knowledgeable,… read more responsive, cost-effective, strategic and highly ethical.
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"Karen Gibbs was nice to work with. She has a personable nature, and achieved one of the two main outcomes I was looking for."

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Posted on Jan 5, 2020
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"Ms Gibbs did achieve the desired outcome in the legal matter I had with my previous employer."

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Posted on Dec 4, 2019
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"Very thorough and I selected her for her deep life sciences background. I look forward to working with Karen again!"

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Posted on Nov 1, 2019
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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."

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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

Work History

Law Office of Karen Gibbs

Attorney

Apr 2017 - Present

Working with corporate and private clients on transitions, contracts and disputes. Highly experienced handling and negotiating employment/severance/executive compensation, contract, dispute and other sensitive and competition-related matters. Cost-effectively handling sensitive negotiations, legal disputes/litigation, HR/transition issues and contracts with quick turnaround and optimal outcomes.

Apr 2017 - Present

PBI

General Counsel & VP, Litigation & Contracts

Sep 2016 - Apr 2017

Headed contract, employment, compliance, operational, intellectual property and litigation/alternative dispute resolution matters for struggling start-up healthcare company. Resigned and was engaged as consultant to assist company in transition, including negotiating and wrapping up multiple contract and employment related matters..

Sep 2016 - Apr 2017

Applied Medical

VP, Legal, Litigation & Contracts

Nov 2009 - Jan 2016

Responsible for all legal, contract and employment matters for global medical device company. Supported expansion from 250 to over 3500 employees worldwide, handling all personnel, compliance, contract, competition, litigation, license and intellectual property matters with outstanding return on investments.

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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