Karen Owen Gibbs advises healthcare and life sciences organizations, investors and lenders on operational, regulatory and enforcement issues. She helps clients identify opportunities to maximize their potential in the ever-evolving regulatory landscape and works to proactively mitigate risks associated with healthcare regulations and enforcement matters in order to resolve issues and implement compliance measures.

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  • Led the regulatory team on a wide variety of health services and life sciences transactions. Representative clients include The Carlyle Group, General Atlantic, LLC and Kinderhook Industries, LLC
  • Provided strategic counsel regarding business and operational opportunities for industry clients
  • Led teams to develop compliance programs that address DEA, pharmacy, fraud and abuse, privacy and other health law issues, as well as meet requirements imposed by government settlements

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  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2020 to 2022, Health Care Law
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Pro Bono Champion
  • McDermott Will & Emery, Award for Outstanding Achievement and Commitment to Pro Bono and Volunteer Service, 2018


  • American Health Lawyers Association, Health Care Reform Task Force, vice chair
  • Illinois District 101, School Board, president
  • Rotary International


University of Virginia School of Law, JD, Order of the Coif, 1992
University of Virginia, MA, 1989
Georgetown University, BSFS, 1987


Karen Owen Gibbs

Insights & Events / Media

Virtual Event / McDermott Event / October 7 - 29, 2020

New York, NY / McDermott Event / October 25,2019

Washington, DC / Speaking Engagements / May 30, 2019

Special Report / January 19, 2017

San Francisco, California / McDermott Event / January 10, 2017

On the Subject / November 7, 2016