Karen loves getting her hands dirty and digging in with clients to find the most innovative and practical solutions to complex environmental, health and safety problems. She represents manufacturers, contractors and municipalities in matters involving the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and equivalent state agencies addressing matters of compliance and enforcement. Karen believes it is important to understand client operations, concerns and challenges, and carefully consider these issues when developing strategies for compliance. She has more than 20 years of experience in CERCLA matters, including negotiating consent decrees and administrative orders with federal and state agencies for site cleanup, pursuing and defending cost recovery actions, and performing allocations for multiparty Superfund sites. Karen has defended clients facing criminal charges under the strict liability provisions of environmental statutes including addressing relief from mandatory debarment provisions.
As a member of the firm’s Energy, Environment and Water & Wastewater Utilities practice groups, she works with other attorneys throughout the firm in assisting clients to develop proactive solutions to environmental, health and safety challenges. She assists in transactional matters by performing environmental due diligence and evaluating environmental risks relating to transactions.
Prior to attending law school, Karen was appointed and served as a fulltime municipal firefighter and medic, and was recognized by the State of Rhode Island as one of its "First Ten Women" honoring women for achievement in non-traditional jobs. She and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors, sailing, hiking and bird watching, and love to travel as long as it does not involve camping.