M. Karen Thompson - Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.

M. Karen Thompson

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 908-252-4218

Bar Admissions:
New Jersey
New York
U.S. District Court (District of New Jersey, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York)
U.S. Court of Appeals (Third Circuit)
U.S. Supreme Court  

M. Karen Thompson, a member of the firm, has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney since 1987. She has extensive experience in complex corporate and commercial litigation. She has defended both Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 companies in a broad range of matters on the trial and appellate levels.  

Karen’s practice is currently divided between products liability defense and employment litigation. She regularly defends equipment manufacturers, chemical, pharmaceutical and tobacco companies and other entities in products liability actions, including class actions and suits seeking medical monitoring. In addition, she defends management against claims of wrongful discharge, violation of whistleblower statutes, all forms of discrimination and sexual harassment in both state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies. She has also represented boards of various entities in defending against claims of mismanagement, breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy, and discrimination.   

As a qualified mediator, Karen mediates civil lawsuits in regard to employment or product liability claims.  

Karen has received an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest accolade.  For a sixth year, she has been selected for inclusion in the Business Litigation section of New Jersey Super Lawyers® 2012, one of 27 members of the firm selected this year.  Only five percent of New Jersey attorneys are given this honor.  Since 2006, Karen is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Labor and Employment.  She has been included among the Outstanding Women in Somerset County by the Commission on the Status of Women, for her leadership role in a variety of organizations.  Karen has authored numerous publications on subjects including products liability, employment claims, and directors’ and officers’ liability.  Karen also serves on the Board of Directors of New Jersey Audubon Society.  

Prior to joining the firm, Karen served as a law secretary to the Honorable Morton I. Greenberg, Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division.  

Rutgers University School of Law, NewarkJ.D. 1978Monmouth UniversityBA 1974
Defense Research InstituteSomerset County Bar AssociationNew Jersey State Commission of InvestigationSupreme Court Advisory Committee on Judicial ConductSupreme Court Committee on Civil PracticeSupreme Court Committee on Trial Attorney CertificationNew Jersey Defense AssociationNational Association of Women LawyersNew Jersey State Bar Association

Office Location

721 Route 202-206, Suite 200
P.O. Box 5933
Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933
United States

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Other Information

Gender: Female