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Litigation Star


British Columbia

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Karen is a trial and appellate lawyer. She joined NST as a partner in 2016. Prior to joining NST, Karen was a partner in a national law firm where she practiced for 14 years and where she was leader of the Vancouver office litigation group. 

In 2020, Karen was recognized by Best Lawyers Canada in the field of Corporate Commercial Litigation. In 2018, Karen received Benchmark Canada’s Emerging Talent award for British Columbia and was ranked as a Litigation Star, a status she maintained in 2019 and 2020. In 2015, Karen received the Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers in Canada Under 40 Award. 

Karen appears regularly as counsel before the B.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, and in private arbitrations and administrative matters. Karen represents clients in a wide range of commercial and business matters, with a focus on major commercial real estate and property development disputes, shareholder, director, partnership and corporate control issues, civil forfeiture matters, cross border issues, commercial contracts, gaming, banking/financial services and security en¬forcement. 

Some recent examples of Karen’s work include succeeding in obtaining a $20 million award for a client in a private arbitration involving disputed partnership interests and allegations of oppression. Alongside Randy Hordo Q.C., Karen acted as counsel for Plaintiff Great Canadian Gaming Corporation in a contract damage claim of over $30 million against British Columbia Lottery Corporation, achieving settlement on the eve of a 7 week trial in mid-2019. In 2018 and through enforcement required in 2019, Karen successfully represented a plaintiff in its claim for specific performance of a valuable share for services agreement in respect of a cannabis start-up company: Precursor Capital Corp. v. Hydrx Farms Ltd., 2018 BCSC 1150. 


Karen is active in the community, including recent pro bono advocacy work for a group of clients concerned with the COVID-19 visitor restrictions in place in licensed long-term care (“LTC”) and assisted living facilities throughout British Columbia. That work contributed to positive changes in the provincial visitation guidelines in early 2021. Karen is a member of the board of directors of Vancouver College, a private all-boys elementary and high school, and she recently served two years on the CBABC Advisory to the Judicial Council of BC Committee. She served on the board of directors of the Association of Women in Finance (2013-2017) and on its Women on Boards Committee during 2017/2018. 

Last updated March 2021