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
"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."
Posted on Dec 29, 2018
Law Office of Karen Gibbs
Apr 2017 - Present
Serving private and corporate clients.
General Counsel & VP, Litigation & Contracts
Sep 2016 - Apr 2017
Responsible for all contract, compliance, operational, intellectual property, employment and litigation/arbitration matters.
VP, Legal, Litigation & Contracts
Nov 2009 - Jan 2016
Responsible for all legal and contract matters globally.
Crowell & Moring
Dec 2007 - Nov 2009
Partner serving healthcare and techniooilogy clients.
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.
Latham & Watkins
Jun 2000 - Sep 2000
Associate handling technology transactions and litigation.
Nov 1995 - Jun 2000
Associate working on biotechnology and IT litigation.