Karen graduated with Distinction from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, where she sat on the editorial board of the Alberta Law Review and worked as an editor and researcher at the Centre for Constitutional Studies. After graduating from law school, Karen clerked at the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench and Alberta Court of Appeal prior to entering private practice. She has appeared as counsel before the Alberta Labour Relations Board, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Canada, and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.
Karen joined Seveny Scott as a partner in 2009. She primarily represents and advises unions and associations in collective agreement bargaining and before labour relations boards, arbitrators, and the Courts. She also advises and represents individual (non-union) employees in all aspects of employment law, including wrongful and constructive dismissal claims, and privacy issues.
In addition to her litigation practice, Karen also conducts workplace / harassment investigations and has considerable experience as a mediator. She holds certificates in Interpersonal Conflict Resolution and Interest Based Negotiation from the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society.
Karen is also a sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law (teaching Employment Law) and a frequent speaker on labour and employment issues for the Canadian Bar Association and Lancaster House.
In addition to her law practice, Karen has been appointed to the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal where she has adjudicated and mediated human rights complaints since 2015.
At home, Karen is most often found running, hiking, skiing or paddling with her active family.
Speaking / Publications
Karen is a sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law (teaching Employment Law) and a frequent speaker on labour and employment issues for the Canadian Bar Association and Lancaster House.
Karen also adjudicates and mediates human rights complaints as a Part-Time Tribunal Member for the Alberta Human Rights Commission.
Karen was nominated for the Faculty of Law Teaching Excellence Award for the 2017/18 academic year.