Karen Thompson, Of Counsel to 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 seven years, she has been selected for inclusion in the Business Litigation section of New Jersey Super Lawyers®. Only five percent of New Jersey attorneys are given this honor. Karen is listed in the Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Employment Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment Law sections of the current edition of The Best Lawyers In America. 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.